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What does the word religion mean to you?
For many it conjures up images of the 3 largest religions of this world, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. On an individual level, it may bring feelings of personal practice or faith, whether it be one of the aforementioned religions or something entirely different. For some people, it simply means being spiritual. For clarity’s sake, we will not confuse religion with spirituality as they are two completely different things altogether.
Organized religion, in all its forms has been with us for centuries. Some believe it was a tenant in the founding of the United States, which is another topic entirely. We will not cover that in this article, but rather, delve into the needs and practices of a given religion and what constitutes its makeup.
For the sake of expedience, I will examine a common religion known the world over-Christianity.
This religion comes in many forms, Catholicism, Protestantism, Evangelicalism etc. Please note I am not using the Christian faith as a form of bashing. I am merely using it as an example to illustrate a point.
Let’s look at one of the main tenants of Christianity. The notion of “turn the other cheek” is a central theme within the Christian faith. But what does it mean really? Where did it come from? The idea comes from The New Testament, specifically Matthew 5:39, in the Sermon on the Mount speech. Jesus commanded two other things to his flock, but let’s focus on the “turning of the cheek.” This is the theme most people are familiar when studying scripture. What is the message of this popular piece of biblical writing?
The current theme of that piece of scripture would have you believe we are to love thine enemies and they should be treated as equals. This should be the daily practice of Christians and the ideal they should strive for in their daily life!
Is that what it really means? The notion of “turning the other cheek” has been subverted. It is widely held by most Christian faiths to simply mean the ability to lie down and take it.
Is that really a good message?
Is it what Jesus really meant? What if Jesus was saying something else? What if the meaning has been so convoluted and so watered down its meaning has changed? What if it has been hijacked? In fact I posit it has been rewritten by the Powers That Be. As I see it, Jesus’ act was an act of defiance not acquiescence. He did not mean for men to sit back and take what is given to them. Jesus was saying: “Look you bastard, if are going to strike me on the cheek, I will offer you my other cheek!” Does that seem like a cowering act to you? Or is it an act of defiance? It was an act against the ruling thoughts of the day.
Where has that message gone and why has it been changed?
It has been changed because it is what the Ruling Classes of this world want you to think is important. It is important to sit back, take it and lie down. Don’t question, don’t react, and don’t defend yourself and your beliefs. This is the way it is on this planet. This is how THEY want YOU to see it.
Why do I use the Sermon on the Mount theme? I illustrate this point not because I am a firm believer in Christianity. I illustrate this point because I want you to see the tactic this particular religion uses to create a control mechanism.
What is that control mechanism? What begets fear? Why ignorance of course. The Powers That Be in this world want you to be ignorant. Ignorance breeds fear and with that fear, comes control. Animals by nature can be more easily controlled when they are fearful. This is the oldest tactic in the book and has been used for centuries by the custodial religions of the Brotherhood. These individuals do not want you to think for yourself and question their authority. They want you to see their version of Jesus, or Mohammad or Abraham or Buddha.
What if you don’t follow it? Or them? What will they do? They throw in the idea of eternal damnation and then you cower to their whims and fantasies about how you should live your life. Do the Powers that be follow these practices? Of course not!
So why would you?
Is that what you want for yourself?
Why would you submit to mental control over your life? Over your future? Over you and your loved ones?
Is this what religion has taught us? Perhaps there is another way.
Maybe what the Ruling Powers That Be have presented us is a sham. A false narrative that has been going on for centuries. I have arrived at this juncture because there is overwhelming evidence of this trickery all around us. There is knowledge in this world that has not been presented to us. It must be sought out to be found.
What if there is a power so great it could be tapped into it at any time? What if there was a way for any of us to become a better man or woman?
What is that power?
It is the power that resides within you. It is the ability to self-govern, to think, to act as you see fit in regards to your own life, health, economic pursuits and governance over your own family. This power is not unique. It is within all of us. It resides with each and every one of us on this planet. You must find that power. You must start by taking control of your own self. Your own life. You can no longer bury your head in the pillow and not take on the world.
Do not give into “False Gods”, false religions, cults and any other dogma. Every day you do, you are a willing participant in their system. This suits their needs very well, for they are presenting the narrative of how the world works and how you should live your life. The world does not work the way you think it does within this realm.
Break off the shackles of enslavement and start to think for yourself. Get over the lifetime of indoctrination fed to you in schools, on television, in books, the internet and other media outlets. Discover what truly lies within yourself and take steps to change your life right now!
Start by educating yourself:
Too many souls have lived a life of fear and ignorance and have been lost to the world presented to them.
Do not be one to perpetuate this existence!
Be the BEST YOU at Any Age!