Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Religions such as Scientology and Jehovah Witnesses propagate strange and intriguing beliefs, that drive empty needing souls into their bear-trap dens. A need is being filled and probably well, as exemplified by the very successful, Tom Cruise, Beck Hansen, Michael Jackson and John Travolta to name a few. (Weird, not many female scientologists or JW's.) Actually Scientology religion believes that all men are good and their goal is to create "a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights." Doesn't sound bad. While Jehovah Witnesses claim to be Christian where the evil destroying impending Armageddon dictates how they are to behave in this world. OK, living in fear doesn't sound good. Some however find appeal in both of these, and I say let them. Certainly some cult following people have demonstrated very prosperous lives and appear to be very happy. They gladly commit a moderate percentage of their income for their church. Can it be that bad?
Well, yes. When these religions hostage their followers by cutting them off from their families and friends. When these religions demand that they propagate and force their beliefs onto others. When these religions limit or restrict its members' personal freedoms. When these religions attack anyone who criticizes them. When these religions use threats in order to get money. These are a few reasons as to why some refer to these religions specifically as cults. Strange, though the definition for cult is: "formal religious veneration : worship, 2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual, 3: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious." Shouldn't all religions be called cults?
The top 4 wealthiest religions in the US are: 1- Jewish, 2- Christianity, 3-Muslims, and 4- Hinduism. The top 4 membership in the World are "1-Christianity 1.9B, 2-Islams 1.1B, 3-Hinduism 781M, and 4-Buddhism 324M. Interesting that membership equates to money and they are all a "formal religious veneration that worships". Cults. Scientologists don't claim to be of a Christian origin, they derived from an alien, so money and power are good things. At least they are not a religion of contradiction. All the other Christian based religions are all hypocrites, as no one can ever be as radical as Jesus Christ. Give up everything (money, shelter, comfort) and love everyone (your enemies, gays, criminals, politicians, adulterers, thieves) and help others? No way, this is impossible for any so called "Christian". So what is at the core of all these cult religions? Power and wealth.
This combination brings to humans the worst evil possible. It feeds on deprived and blameless people looking for love, comfort, and a sense of well-being. They call it faith, so science cannot play any part. Their God and religious teachings will provide hope and the right path to enlightenment. Just follow the rules no matter how ridiculous or illogical and give us your money.
What if there was a religion that is not a cult, yet provides the need for comfort, ritual and a sense of belonging? Amazingly there already exists a group called "paganism", which centers its beliefs on the connectivity of us all and karma. No rules, and if any are made, they can be changed to accommodate you. Paganism probably has the most members, if you consider groups such as American Indians, Aborigines, etc. to be pagans, but it is not really a religion. Atheism is also not a religion, though some try to label as such, still they would be 3rd in membership. Either one of these are excellent choices in cleansing off the cult based religions. If everyone in the world would move over to a faith based on the connections and impacts we impose on our surroundings, (the earth, the sun, water, air, fellow humans, animals, plants and trees), then this would be a pretty awesome world, without the worst evil of humanity.
Back to my spell casting and tarot......