Your Roots are Showing

The more history I watch, the more and more I understand why religions associated with Western culture have failed the world, chiefly Catholism, but also Christianity as a whole because of shared origins.

I am not talking about the worship of God or Christ per se, but the organizations/institutions that have become associated as such. Much of Catholism is covered in the blood shed by followers over the centuries, crusades, inquisitions, and wars. All activities against God’s commandments and Christ’s teaching.

Add to this a belief that their religion was not strong enough to establish their own holidays or structures, which caused them to co-op pagan holidays and change the role of women in the church. They even created religious doctrine to support industries, look deeper into the history of Lent and fish Fridays.

If you step back and look at Christian history outside of the Church narrative, you will see human choices taking precedence over divine origin. Thus, child molesting priests, gambling nuns, and cover-ups are not surprising at all. What is truly surprising is the zealotry of the church membership in defending what, in any other setting, would be indefensible. One other place you see such zealotry is inside of cults. I think this is something the world needs to look at and face.

Finally, don’t fall into the belief that I am singling out only Western embraced religions. I only talk about them more because of fimilarity. My guess is that every human religion is rife with such human fingerprints and need to be viewed as such. Unfortunately, too many people find it easier to let others direct their beliefs; questioning is hard.

 

I heard it from my brother’s cousin’s aunt’s third nephew’s girlfriend’s stylist’s bartender

Who told you God was God?

God himself or someone who claims they are speaking for God?

I feel it is very important to think about the sources used in telling us who God, Jesus Christ, and Muhammad are since we are getting all of this second-hand, in our case second-, second-, second-,…second-hand.  Look at what was happening in the Catholic Church for decades.  Priests who committed sins in the eyes of the Lord were telling people what they should do and not do.  These congregations were fed biblical interpretations by men who interpreted their misconduct as okay.  Blindly following other people’s interpretations of God, including the bible, is a sin in my mind.  Remember, all of the Gospels were written long after the deaths of the people they are attributed to and were even canonized centuries later than that.  Think about all the people who are lead astray by cults that purposefully twist the teaching of the Bible.  In the end, humans are the ones expressing God’s words, but aren’t all humans considered to have fallen from God’s grace?  Do we not all twist the words of God in some way as we twist the gossip we hear from each other?  Think about it.