Ten hard Questions by a Skeptic. #4
Welcome to my blog post entitled "Unveiling the Zeitgeist". Recently, I had the privilege to answer 10 questions from a friend about the nature of God and spirituality in general. I am sharing the ten-part Q&A with my friend's permission. I have titled this very first series "Ten hard questions by a Sceptic". I hope that this blog post series helps all the skeptics out there that wrestle with the existence of God in their minds and in their hearts. Friends, It's time to leave the fence!
"When we are speaking/acting out the truth, we must also do it in love. Without love, there is no God as God is love."
#4. For example, 9/11 was done by men of faith. Who so strongly believed in their faith and its righteousness? We condemn them. But how do we know we are not committing the same act of blindness (albeit in a non-violent way of course)?
To define blindness, we must define enlightenment. Blindness and enlightenment refer to the dormant and awakened soul (mind) when in reality religion predominantly simulates the spirit in a human. An enlightened person is not a spiritually awakened person, but someone trained scholarly or at least educated which implies on one hand that this person might be able to “reason” but on the other hand that this person is spiritually oblivious. Why? You may ask. We overemphasize the soul (mind) and often forget about the body and spirit which constitutes three elements of man.
Christianity has a very tainted and colorful history of violence but that is not what Jesus has taught: men abused it in search of influence and power. Men are fallen, creatures. Faith becomes religion (negative) when fallen men hijack spirituality for another cause other than bringing glory to Jesus. The fruits of men are accompanied by doctrines that are rules-based, and tradition-based. In contrast, Jesus has taught us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (The Fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5). “Truth without love is not biblical. When we are speaking/acting out the truth, we must also do it in love. Without love, there is no God as God is love. So when we disregard and marginalize and destroy others in the name of God without love, we are not acting out God’s love. Whether you are a Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, or Jew, when we act without love and only to promote your cause, you’re not acting as a vessel of God. To one acting without love, God would have said, “Get behind me Satan.”
For similar reasons, what happened on 911 could have been done by anyone including misled and self-proclaiming Christians. History is full of atrocities conducted by “religious fanatics” from both sides of the aisle. The Federal Building bombing (1995) is such an example, and there are more recent ones that cast a shadow over the church. Let me introduce the real problem and the real common enemy which is Satan*** and his dominion.
*** To be introduced in a later question.
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