Back to reality – the real role of religions

The real role of religions is not very complicated. The basis of almost all human religions usually boils down to 5 key factors:

  • Don’t lie
  • Don’t steal
  • Don’t kill
  • Favour love over fear
  • Offer others compassion rather than conflict.

(Emet – God’s seal of the truth)

That is the true and basic message of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Jesus of Nazareth, the 10 Commandments of Moses in the Jewish Torah and the Quran.

(The role of religion is to encourage groups of humans not to descend into killing and mass murder)

There is a problem when religions become involved in tribalism, justification of human conflicts, money as a business and covering up occasions when they are lying, stealing, killing and favouring hatred over compassion. This is not an issue for a single religion or religious philosophy because almost all religions have lost their way at some time.

It was George Gurdjieff who noted that humans can descend as groups but only ascend as individuals. His words are very simple and, for the most part, very wise. Human history is full of examples of ‘Group descent’ into ever increasing circles of war and brutality in what Terence McKenna described as the 250,000 year-old human ‘Silly Monkey’ experiment.

Logically for me and perhaps just for me, what Gurdjieff is saying is that the role of all religions is to encourage a strong platform of faith that resists any form of group descent into war and brutality. The role of religion is to provide a sturdy platform on which individuals can avoid unnecessary human conflict and focus on their unique human opportunity to ascend and find personal evolution

The challenge for most religions is that their chief political and monetary sponsors are often the people who profit most by exploiting war and human brutality. Most often the people who seek to pervert the effect of religion seem to describe their actions as ‘Philanthropic’ when they are clearly anything but charitable and they show very little love and compassion towards the majority of humanity.

 (The more than money test)

The ‘More than money and gold‘ test of the value of any human life has been in existence since the dawn of human pictographs and writing. The ‘tomb robbing‘ of even the most successful human’s graves over so many millennia shows that no money or gold can be transferred after death. The wealth just passes to another one of Buckminster Fuller’s  ‘Great Pirates‘ who claims the honours, titles and the badges of petty ‘Philanthropy‘.

Perhaps the major world religions might benefit from going back to the origins of their sacred texts and the warnings about the very real danger of ‘Golden Calf‘. Perhaps, religious leaders simply need to remember five simple things:

  • Don’t lie
  • Don’t steal
  • Don’t kill
  • Favour love over fear
  • Offer others compassion rather than conflict?

 

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