Seeing Ourselves as God’s Exclusive Agents

Religion is a very mighty force, so we should not take it lightly. Sacred texts can be misapplied through handpicked … Continued

Religion is a very mighty force, so we should not take it lightly. Sacred texts can be misapplied through handpicked reading, deciphering and interpretation.

It is hazardous:
· When we start seeing ourselves as God’s exclusive agents.
· When political profile is based on a decree from heaven that relies on us human
beings to execute.
· When religious beliefs become bolted into ultimate truths.
· When we appoint ourselves as the warden of the ultimate truth.
· When we start expanding the beliefs, convictions and doctrine of our religion to the
the social and political arena.

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  • Nivedita

    Very well put. Thank you for articulating what the no longer quite so silent majority feel!

  • Brian

    To a point, that’s correct. Most of the times I hear someone preach it is basically one and the same thing (numbers and names change between occasions):Since the dawn of time, men have asked themselves the question: ‘How much is 247464 divided by 5892’. Some said it’s 100, other’s said it’s exactly 76. Great thinkers developed concepts such as addition and substraction, in search of the Truth. Using pebbles, they claimed the answer is 45. Further answers were given by who had a birthmark looking like an inverted ‘II IIII’. So, ultimately, we must seek the Truth, and the only Truth is that the answer is (and there should be big flashing signs behind the speaker ‘spoiler alert’, but it never happens) 42.”And I’m, like, so now what? Never do maths again, go home and become a waiter?

  • Brian

    To a point, that’s correct. Most of the times I hear someone preach it is basically one and the same thing (numbers and names change between occasions):” ….Since the dawn of time, men have asked themselves the question: ‘How much is 247464 divided by 5892’. Some said it’s 100, other’s said it’s exactly 76. Great thinkers developed concepts such as addition and subtraction, in search of the Truth. Using pebbles, they claimed the answer is 45. Further answers were given by [insert name of prophet here], who had a birthmark looking like an inverted ‘II IIII’. So, ultimately, we must seek the Truth, and the only Truth is that the answer is (and there should be big flashing ‘spoiler alert!’ signs behind the speaker, but it never happens) 42 ! “And I’m, like, so now what? Never do maths again, go home and become a waiter?

  • Anthony V. DiGIorgi

    Sir: This business about religion and political interaction has gotten way out of hand. Religion is a “belief”, interpreted in different ways by different individuals and sects. That is why a rational conversation as to its place in the affairs of human kind is difficult. After all, how does one take a differing opinion from another who claims to “know” the very word of God? The answer is that he cannot, and any such contrary position is a non-starter as to the one who “knows”.The rational mind, given to us by the Creator, seeks to discover truth. Truth is the conformity of the rational intellect to objective reality. It has no boundaries, and it is not disposed to a preconceived finding. “Belief” does not supplant “truth”. Sadly, religion today attemps to shape social behavior predicated on its particular view of the way its God would have it. So many views of the way God would have it, and so little verifiable evidence that it should be one way or another!We really do not know the origins of the Bible, tho’ its lessons for a compassionate and peaceful existence make for a good yardstick as to how individuals should treat others. But those postulates long ago written by men who could not explain the mechanics of rainfall are not unique. A natural law is operating in the universe, at all and every time, and everywhere the rational mind will embrace it. Religion serves well when it seeks to mirror truth and the natural law, not when it puts forth its particular view of behavior and “God’s Word”.We all know who wrote the Constitution. Church and State are to be separate. Religion has no place in government where individuals are free to explore the affairs of human kind based upon a rational mind.

  • Thomas Baum

    Jesus forced Himself on no one and neither should we. Jesus extended an invitation to “Come follow Me”. Jesus said that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide us into All Truth not a bunch of people to cram their version down our throats. Jesus’s Truth was that we are all brothers and sisters, His Truth was not about the ‘how’ of the mechanics of the universe but how we are to treat each other and the fact that God Loves each and every one of us. God is Love, a Being of Pure Love, God is not a loving God but is Love. By this I mean that Love is not an attribute of God but is His Very Being. God does pick some people to be His messengers whether anyone likes it or not or believes them or not. God’s Plan is for all of humanity even tho some seem to be against God and His Will and yet know His Name even tho they know nothing else about God, at least that is the way it seems by what some say and/or write. God is a searcher of hearts and minds, not of religious affiliations or lack thereof as in it is important what you do and why you do it and what you know. Some hide behind their religion, some hide behind their beliefs, there is no place to hide, we have free will whether we like it or not. Take care, be ready, the time is coming when God will lift His Spirit from this earth and satan will have free rein for awhile, see you all in the Kingdom. As I have said before and I repeat: God wins, satan loses, a tie is unacceptable, the captives shall be released and the dead shall rise. Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • Garyd

    You are of course correct Rajan. Every religion is subject to what I have referenced as Chinese menu theology where in the practictioner takes one from column A two from column B with columns C & D very much optional along with most of Column A and B.If one wishes to follow any religion one should endeavor to abide by all of it’s doctrines not just the one’s one finds convenient at the moment.

  • Gaby

    Robert R. Schoch,Excellent letter! I wholeheartedly agree.

  • Garyd

    For one thing it wasn’t the truth or even a close approximation there of. To blame those who are but defending themselves from the nastier attentions of others for the violence is for all practical circumstances demanding that those who are defending themselves commit suicide.

  • Jeff P

    Rajan Zed: Thank you for some very wise words, that could be followed by anyone, regardless of creed.I’m learning that it is only when we become “certain” that real damage can be done.

  • Amar Chandel

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  • Rudy V Garcia

    Last time I checked our First Amendment of the Constitution was still ‘intact’. This is a ‘secular’ country with a ‘secular’ democratic government. If Mr. Zed wishes that voices of dissent or criticism be quelled, he should then consider moving to Saudi Arabia, China, North Korea, or other countries where voices of opinion, dissent and criticism are not tolerated. In the mean time, it is not his option to dictate to film makers what movies may be ‘distasteful’ to him and his followers.

  • AgentG

    Rajan, I believe that you have posted some valuable teachings from Hindusim. However, it also appears that your viewpoints and statements are highly hypocritical. For example, many Hindu teachings, and your tone in numerous essays, rely on an implicit assumption that Hinduism represents the ultimate truth, and you appear to act as the warden of that truth. I do not see your openness to other views. Further, I believe many Indians and Hindus suffer from a deep insecurity – perhaps a subconscious global insecurity- which makes them ardent to profess and proseletise their culture and religion abroad. I respectfully submit that this energy would be better spent taking in the ultimate truth that less than 10% of the Indian population is beyond the ravishes of poverty, and that the state of the nation needs an incredible amount of material and intellectual attention. Sad that this truth is not your top priorty.