The transformation from the human animal to the spiritual creature
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. Denis Waitley
The #transformation from the human animal to the spiritual creature
1. What is the basis of #religion?
2. What do most major religions, and new age religions have in common?
Transformation, from what we are, how we are born, into something higher, greater. They all want to bring us from this base, human, flawed, and sinful being, and bring us to the level of a Godly spiritual creature. That is the teaching and purpose of religion in a nutshell.
Much of the teaching is to open our eyes, expand our perspective, not to just look at the physical world around us which we can see with our eyes. The world that many put so much value upon, and my open our eyes to something deeper, greater, something more that we cannot see with our human eyes. Something with an eternal value that can only be perceived with our souls. I have touched on this in a previous blogs,
I also spoke about some aspects in my last blog TRUE LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS.
Notice how the cause of and solution to many of life’s problems is the same! Basically, it all comes down to not thinking about our own self and thinking more about and helping others. Letting go, and not allowing our own human ego to control us, by doing this we are giving the power to our soul and allowing the spiritual to control and lead us to our higher self.
Now what do I mean by this? Let’s look at the teachings of Christianity.
Jesus taught that we should love God above all things and love others as we love ourselves
(Mark 12.28-34; Luke 10.25-28)
34After Jesus had made the Sadducees look foolish, the Pharisees heard about it and got together.
35 One of them was an expert in the Jewish Law. So, he tried to test Jesus by asking, 36“Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus answered:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
38This is the first and most important commandment.
39 The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.”
40All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments.
The teaching of the Lord Jesus was love God and Love others. To show kindness without judgment. To offer help to others. This is one of the main themes throughout the new testament of the bible.
The Apostle Paul goes a bit deeper into the subject of what or how we are as humans and what we need to work on so we can become a higher spiritual and Godly creature. In his letter to the Galatians, chapter 5 he states the following:
16If you are guided by the Spirit, you won't obey your selfish desires.
17 The Spirit and your desires are enemies of each other. They are always fighting each other and keeping you from doing what you feel you should.
18But if you obey the Spirit, the Law of Moses has no control over you.
19People's desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds.
20They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are
21envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God's kingdom.
22God's Spirit makes us love, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful,
23gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.
24And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires.
25God's Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit.
26But don't be conceited or make others jealous by claiming to be better than they are.
I’m sure that you can see the stark contrast in the two natures described by Paul. The first is an accurate description of the world that we live in, where most are guided by their own selfish desires, putting their wishes over the needs of others. I would go so far as to say, using the old animal instincts that are within all of us. These selfish instincts bring about hatred, anger, jealousy, arguing, killing and murder. These are the problems that have plagued society from its inception right up to today.
Think about it for a moment, how much has anger, jealousy, arguing and such effected your life, your relationships and family structure? Have any of those risen their ugly head at your place of employment, not only with you but maybe with someone else? What was the result? Was it ever good? Beneficial to all involved? Or has it caused pain, sorrow and separation?
Look at the United States, our prisons are overflowing, why because people love one another? Nope! They are overflowing because too many are following their base animal instinct and desire to only serve and please themselves and everyone and anyone else, they do not care about.
Have you ever wondered why?
Why is there more crime and the prisons overflowing, no matter how much money the government throws at the problem, nothing changes, matter of fact it is getting worse. Now I’m talking more than violent crime here. How about corruption, public and private.
Why have crimes increased in recent decades? Why are some streets in our large cities become shooting galleries? Yes, I know there has always been crime, but to this level?
When I was young, we could go out on our own and walk the neighborhood from morning to night and we were safe. We did not have to worry about being shot by some drive by shooter, we did not have to worry about being kidnapped. Our parents did not have to worry either. I know when my kids were young, the same ages as when I would wander the neighborhood with my friends, my wife and I would watch them all the time, always knew where they were and what they were doing. We were very concerned about their safety.
Need I mention more. How about a list, what we hear on the evening news what seems like every month.
4. People getting killed or injured because of road rage
Just to name a few, all of those were basically unknown when I was a child. Now we are inodiated with it every evening in addition to drug overdoses, fake attacks, its just one thing after another. Don’t you think that this in itself has an effect on the human psyche, of adults and I’m sure even more of the children.
Could all this be the reason why depression is on the increase in society along with suicide? Why so many want to ESCAPTE FROM REALITY, another blog, using alcohol and drugs? Which raises crime and pain on society in general.
Is this why so many are so STRESSED, another blog, these days? Again, people so stressed that they turn to alcohol and drugs to attempt to relieve the pressure. With the stress also comes more violent outbursts, which again only adds fuel to the fire of the underlying problem.
So, what exactly has happened in the past 40, 50 years that could be reason and show the correlation causing the increase in crime?
Could it be that religious belief has diminished? That fewer people in the United states and the western world attend church on a regular basis. Could it be that there has been a war on religious belief and values in our society?
Could it be that those that those who follow their own base animal instincts are praised in the media and in music, but those that try to live a good wholesome Godly life and the butt of jokes and are put down.
I’m sure we can see from the graphs that as religious belief has decreased in America, the Crime rate has increased. There are many factors that go into crime rates, so I’m not saying that crime has gone up as a direct result of the reduction in religious teaching and belief, could it be a factor, I think so.
The same factors that are causing the increase in crime are the same factors that are causing the reduction in religious belief. This is the factor that people love themselves more:
They love themselves more than God, hence they do not attend or even believe that there is a God.
They love themselves more than they love others, hence they it does not bother them if they hurt others through crime.
Yes, I know, there are many people with no religious teaching or belief that are good people, likewise, there are those who profess to be religious that commit horrendous crimes.
What is lacking are the values that religion taught the society. The social structure of the church as a support for people and the family. Family itself is another social structure that has been and is being diminished in society along with that of the church. Both social structures were key to teaching the values and passing them on to the younger generations. Now we see the result of the weakening of these social structures.
It basically all comes down to physics
Newton’s third law of motion tells us that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In physics, this means that when an object collides with a target, there is an equal force going into and away from the target at the same time.
When we look at this from the perspective of #society, if we do not teach, if we do not value, if we pull away from the social structures and values that society was built upon, that means that we are moving away from any social structure, any value or concern for others. As we move away from a love for God, move away from a love for others, what is left, we move more into a love for oneself. When the love for oneself is so strong and is not countered for a love for others, no one else means anything to you, except you yourself.
We can see on social media, we can see on the news casts, we see in life, that everyone wants to be seen. We live in the look at me society. Everyone wants to be famous, even for one minute. Whether it is dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads, eating Tide Pods, posting on social media everything that they do in a day, or shooting up a school, people want to be seen. This is self-love, but that is for another blog.
What can we do?
At this point, fixing society, not sure if we can do it, all at once, it took years for us to reach this point, it will take years to reestablish a strong moral code. I do not think we have reached the point of no return. Once we do reach that point, we will have a complete social collapse, much as we did with the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the dark ages.
We can work on it though each one for themselves, we can push back against the forces driving us apart. We can go out and do selfless acts to help and show love for others, without posting what we do all over social media. We can go back and learn about these values in church. We can work on strengthening and reestablishing the family units and not just care about ourselves and the next male or female that we can bed. We can begin to live by our core values, and not by the values that society wants to impress upon us. By doing this we stand up to and go against the flow and the more that people do this the stronger we become and the greater pushback we have.
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