What is religion? Where did if first come from? Did you ever wonder why are there so Religions? Or why there are so many Gods? There is a Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Mormon, Buddha, Muslim, even a New Age God, just to name a few. So with so many religious concepts of God, how are we to know which is the real one?
Are you sure the Religion and God you have chosen to worship, is the real provable one, because if you cannot prove there is a God, what do you really have? Just a belief and what good is a belief in time of need? That’s right, no good at all.
Besides your Religion telling you there is a God just what proof do you have that there is a God? If God were something real, wouldn’t It let you know first hand? Wouldn’t God want you to know him? Personally?
Doesn’t the fact that there are so many conflicting religious beliefs of, on or about God, tell you that God is a complete mystery to the world?
All Religions Are Based On Beliefs.
Beliefs are, ‘opinions.’ And ‘opinions’ are ‘beliefs without proof.’ And beliefs can change. Religion started out with the Sun, then followed with mythology.Mythology is, ‘an imaginary or fictitious thing person’. ‘Not fact or logic.’ There just is no proof as to whether a God or Gods existed then or now. None.
Religions are based on faith and faith is only a, belief’. People need to believe that there is ‘something’ more, so they invented-
God, Gods, Goddess, Deities and Religions.
According to Webster’s, religion means a, ‘set of beliefs concerning the cause of all things.’ So, Religion is a, set of beliefs. And just because a belief is agreed and accepted as factual, does not make it so. And just what is the belief of a God based on? What ‘facts’?
In the case of Religion, the only facts they have, are passed down beliefs. So, your religion is you agreeing and accepting the beliefs of others. Your Religion is you agreeing with someone else’s opinion of the reality of a God based on THEIR understanding. Not yours. Theirs.
Religion is a ‘belief in, worship of, or obedience to a supernatural power or powers considered to be divine or to have control of human destiny.’
Again, a belief. Not a fact.
From the beginning of Religion, each of these religious groups choose the God they believe is the real God, then do their best to convince all others that their God is the real and only God. For some reason most of these religious groups think it’s their duty to force the world into their beliefs. Odd that any God of any religion would want His followers to be so hateful of others.
Religion started with terrible conflict and all these thousands of year later, NOTHING HAS CHANGED. The fact is no Religion knows GOD. They know what they think they know, but all they know is what they have been taught to know of God. By other men.Not by a God.
Unless God is personal, to you, You do not have any God and unless God speaks directly to YOU, you have no God. You have a belief. A belief you call God.All based on what man has told you even though we have been told we should not listen to man.
Think of this, religion means, ‘conscientiousness,’ which means,’ just, upright,honest, faithful, devoted, dedicated.’
Religion then is not something that needs to be organized or has anything to do with groups or with anyone or anything other than YOU.
Religion is, YOU being, just, upright, honest, faithful, devoted, dedicated. Religion is a personal thing and does not need to be organized.
It was man, whose breath is in his nostrils that created religions.
“I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.
One description of a scribe is a person who makes copies of the ancient writings for the Government and Priests.
Could it be the Churches would want to make changes, so the people would do as they believed they should?
And for the Government, they might want the writings to be understood in favor of the Government, in order to control the people easier.
Copying manuscripts of the Old Testament in the original Hebrew language as originated by the Scribes long, long, before Jesus.
Pope Damascus, way back in 382, had the entire Bible translated into Latin by St. Jerome. As Jerome read the texts he like any of the translators, would have interpreted them from his/their state of beliefs. It is Jerome’s Latin translation of the Bible that is said to be the official version of the Bible accepted by the Catholic Church.
The King James Version was translated by 54 men who used all the older versions along with the original manuscripts, and each decided on how he believed the passages should read. There have been over 300 corrections since the 1613 version of the King James Version. What does that tell you? Just imagine it is you who has to translate old manuscripts, would you not choose what words and the passages meant to you?
Maybe that is WHY Jeremiah said
THE FALSE PEN OF THE SCRIBES MADE WORDS INTO A LIE.
There is no original manuscripts of the Old Testament today.
YES, because Jesus did preach many of the beliefs of Buddha.
The Buddha like sayings by Jesus, were said by Buddha 500 or so years before Jesus. Jesus and his ways were much like those of Buddha.
Buddha: “Consider others as yourself.” Dhammapada 10:1
Jesus: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
Buddha: “Abandoning the taking of life, the ascetic Gautama dwells refraining from taking life, without stick or sword.” Digha Nikaya 1:1.8
Jesus: “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:52
BUDDHA: “Perishable is a city built on sand.”
JESUS: “A foolish man, which built his house on sand.” Matthew 7:26
BUDDHA: “Confess before the world the sins you have committed.” (31)
JESUS: “Therefore confess your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed.” James-5-16
BUDDHA: “Consider others as yourself.” (33)
JESUS: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
These are only a few.
Could Jesus have studied Buddhism during his missing 3 years?
The above is all new to me, so I decided to take a COURSE in Buddhism to see what all I can find that would lead me to believe if Jesus followed Buddhism…since I always have to find my own facts and DO NOT FOLLOW HANDED DOWN OPINIONS AND BELIEFS.
Not just good, but very good. Is this what you believe? Or do you believe what you read in Genesis 2:5 where you are told that God could not find his first Man.
‘There was no man to till the ground.’
Where was the first Male and Female that had already been created in Gods image and whom God called very good? Why could God not find, the Male and Female that he created? Where did they go?
Since it seems God lost his first Male and Female, he has to start all over and create them again. According to the second creation, yes God did have to start over and so this time God did not make man in his image and likeness, instead, man was made from
Dust? Dust means, ‘something of no worth.‘
Seems God no longer wanted his man to be made in his image and likeness. So this time he created man from ‘something of no worth.’
It seems God also lost his first FEMALE, so God decides not only to NOT make man in his likeness, he now decides his female should not be made in his image and likeness either, nor made like the man made of dust.
So now we have a Male made of ‘dust’ and a Female made of a ‘rib’.
Interesting that a meaning for ‘rib’ is a ‘hoax,’ and a ‘hoax’ is a ‘fraud.’ Is it possible this man of ‘dust’ and woman of a ‘rib’, are ‘frauds?
If this story were true, man would have one less ‘rib’ than woman, but this is not true. Both male and female have the same amount of ‘ribs.’ 24 ribs each.
Dust also means, ‘confused.’
I guess God knew that because this man made of ‘dust, made of something of no worth’ and who was created ‘confused’ and ate from the tree, he was not the man he wanted. Nor did God want the woman who was made from a ‘rib.’
This God did not want any part of this worthless, confused man and the woman who was a ‘fraud,’ and he decides they should be punished and sent away.
Awake you that sleep for you are not make from something of no worth’.
Awake, become aware of the real you, made in Gods own image and likeness.
Awake, you are NOT the man of dust.
Just remember, NO WHERE in the Bible does it say God woke the man made of dust from his sleep.
So the question is, do YOU want to wake up? Do you want to be aware of the YOU God created in his image and likeness, and who he was pleased with? Or do you want stay asleep and live as the man of dust and the woman of a rib?
Awake means to ‘be aware.’
Do you want to be one of the MANY who do become aware that you are NOT the man of dust or the woman from a rib?
Like so many other sayings, could this one have a hidden meaning? Lets see.
First, why would Jesus want them to ‘leave their nets.’
‘Leave’ comes from the word, ’believe’ and ’believe is, ’to accept something as true without absolute proof that it is true.’
Could Jesus have been trying to tell the fishermen that it was time to ‘leave,’ to leave what they had always ‘believed and accepted’ about what they had been taught about God? Did Jesus want to teach them about his God, a God that they could ‘prove’?
Maybe another reason was because Jesus understand the word ’net’ can mean, ’conditions and circumstances.’
Was Jesus trying to get the men to understand that their present ‘conditions ’ were only ‘agreements?’ Agreements, because that is what the meaning for ‘conditions’ is, ‘agreements.’
If so, an ‘agreement with what? Agreements with the handed down beliefs and opinions from the ancient fathers? Ancient fathers who believed in a god of war and destruction?
Did Jesus also understand the word ’net’ can mean, ‘circumstances?
Interesting to know that the word ‘circumstance’ has a meaning of, ‘to stand around.’ And isn’t that what you do when you fish the way you have been taught to fish? You ‘stand around, waiting’? Also interesting is that ‘stand’ can mean, an ‘opportunity.’
Was Jesus giving them an ‘opportunity’ to change their ‘conditions and circumstances’? An ‘opportunity’ to understand they did not have to ‘agree’ with what they had been taught about God and man.
A God they had been taught was the real God, with no proof that He was real? And that man is made of the flesh, when he is not.
Isn’t it most interesting to know different meanings for words? So think about this…Jesus wanted the fishermen to ‘follow’ him…not follow him around the countryside…but to ‘follow’…to listen to him and to accept him as their guide.
Did Jesus want the fishermen to stop agreeing with worldly conditions and worldly circumstances and worldly beliefs and handed down opinions of God and his Creation and to ‘follow’ which in this case means to ‘listen to him and he would guide and teach them truths of a real God. And by understanding the real God, it would change their human conditions and circumstances.
Another meaning for the word ‘net’ is ‘anything that serves to ensnare.’ Ensnare is to, ‘trap and take power over someone.’
Was Jesus telling them that if they left their old ways and old beliefs and followed him, he would show them the truth of things and they could regain their power and be set free from their human conditions and circumstances.
Could that be what Jesus was really saying to them? That they could take back their God given power of freedom?
And maybe Jesus wanted them to understand that there were different ways to fish.
Since a meaning for the word ‘fish’ is ‘to search, to seek,’ did Jesus want to show them how, if they would leave their nets he would show them how to ‘search and seek’ and then to become fishermen of men?