Enough for all and so much more
I strongly believe that religions should call it a day, The world is round, the universe was created 13.8 billion years ago. Earth is 4 billion years old and if there is a God, now lets have a look at the nub of what all the religions say; God is Love. It seems the One True Teaching is not all the rules and edicts created by humans for various personal reasons to do with power and control, or setting up institutions, taking peoples’ money, telling you what to eat, drink wear or who to love or marry:, No, it’s Love.
Meanwhile, million have died, suffered, and continue to die and suffer because of religion. We live in a time when we have the technology and the means to educate every child, eradicate hunger and homelessness. Every day we develop new ways to cure or treat almost every illness and alleviate suffering. Yet millions choose to put their time, energy and attention into the pursuit of delusions and bigotry based on myths and stories they feel compelled to believe whilst being blind to the suffering they cause both themselves and others.
The worship of material wealth and power has the same effect except it is imposed on the many by the few: those few who live in an excess of wealth with more money than they could spend in a hundred lifetimes yet chose to disregard and give nothing in return to those ordinary people who made them so rich. The belief that: “You are not wealthy because of your own failings, not because the system is designed to send more wealth my way” is no different from the belief that another does not deserve your compassion or generosity because of the beliefs they choose to live by.
The heart of Christ’s message, in all his teachings and parables was “God is Love, be that.” The Core of Hindu and Buddhist teaching is the same: Unity with the Divine is a direct experience of pure and unconditional Love-bliss, Samadhi, Enlightenment. In Islam, God is referred to as “The Compassionate” and “The Merciful”. At the very Heart and Soul of all faiths is a benign Divine Being described as Love, Enlightenment, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, unconditional happiness. A force of Grace and Blessing that is indiscriminate and unconditional All the rest, ALL of it, is the product of men, or to be more precise, ego – the drive for power and control. Perhaps religions should focus on taking out all their trash and instead people of faith simply practice being the expression of the simple and life-transforming force at the very heart of their faith; selfless and unconditional humanity. It would make a lot of people happy and could save the world. But people of faith are too afraid to do that, The truth is they don’t want to give up what they have, even if it gets them closer to their True God; their ego is far more precious.