People frequently ask me if Iím
religious and of a particular religious faith. I am neither.
Although I was born into a family of one faith (Russian Orthodox),
yet raised in another (Jewish, of Holocaust survivor parents). And
being a very curious child, I was never satisfied by anything
religion taught me.
My questions were never answered intelligently
or sufficiently enough to make sense. I found that religious leaders
often twist either life or religion in order to justify their
religious views and why they think we should all live a certain way.
Some questions I asked fell on deaf ears, on prejudiced ears, with
responses that ridiculed rather than showed care and compassion, and
yet there were those who are wonderful people, but donít know much.
It always left gaps, and I felt like I was being handed yet another
bunch of holy crappola.
Plus, the words in those bibles werenít
mine, didnít reflect my thoughts. Why should I have had to say them
by rote and with a congregation of sheeple? Towards what purpose? I
didnít know God from those books and classes, and I didnít think any
of those guys knew God, either.
I still donít think most religious
leaders have a clue because theyíre so hung up on what books tell
them to think, rather than experiencing it for themselves through
personal experience, for instance like meditation. There is little
balance in most religions between the mental, physical, spiritual,
Because I was somewhat able to communicate with my higher self and
spirits since I was a kid, I knew there was more out there than
meets the eye in religion. Since teenagehood, Iíve been a spiritist
and metaphysician who shares in the appreciation of some elements
found in organized religions. But, I am not a "follower" or
"believer" of only one religion, and never will be. After I had my
own experiences with spirit and the Source, I know that I donít need
a religion in order to find It, or please it.
Religions are mostly static, living in the past, not open to change.
I donít think we must forget what happened in the past (those events
that actually DID occur), but not to relive them year after year. I
think if we havenít learned anything from the past, we have missed
the lesson and may need to repeat it until we get it. But for those
who get it - get on with your lives. For instance, in Judaism, how
long do the Jews want to keep reliving slavery and freedom until
they get the point that they are always free?
Example: The Passover
can keep a people in victimhood, or it can be seen as a celebration
of freedom. I think that most Jews are trying to transcend being
victims, but as long as they worship
YHWH/Enlil, theyíre doomed
because YHWH was a woman-hater and a terror who had no problem
destroying life (unlike Adonai/Enki).
I do think that children need a strong spiritual foundation early in
life. I think having this foundation gives a child confidence,
roots, support, and reminds them why they are in their family -
shared belief systems. Religious does not equal spiritual.
Egocentricity and belief in God are mutually exclusive. When
egocentricity overtakes our consciousness, our professed belief in
God may be nothing other than a psychological means of having
someone to blame for whatever is going wrong in our lives [Rabbi
Yitzchak Ginsburgh]. How many times have you heard of, or yourself
used God as an excuse or blame for the problems in the world?
The major religions of the world (not including paganism) began as a
way to control the masses and gain power and wealth by instilling
fear and low self-esteem, by warping the true messages from the
Source by teaching that suffering and self-degradation were sacred
and a super highway to the Lord. You were created in Godís image,
yet you were sinful.
Love the Lord, but fear the Lord. And if you
were born a woman, by the Old Testament you are evil and to be
punished and treated as property and cared for as if youíre
incapable of taking care of yourself. Your clergy were the only ones
allowed to commune with God FOR you. God created you, but donít be
human and have human feelings. Human emotions were then relegated to
God. What a mess! Hypocrisy grew in religions to ridiculous
proportions, and everyone vied to be Godís chosen people. Want proof
today of the hypocrisy?
Just try to talk to some Jehovahís Witnesses
or Born Again Christian and see if theyíre open to YOUR views.
Theyíre not. And donít even get me started talking about Mohammad.
Then there is the Catholic Church, The Vatican,
the richest gang on
the planet who thrives on lying to its masses who support it (while
being controlled by it).
Besides lecturing their flocks on what to
do or not to do, or ordering them to deny their divinity and
humanity and feel guilty for their existence, does
actually share its wealth with their followers? (Absolutely not.) Do
they allow women equality, even though women are more than half the
population, and the real Church ironically reveres Mary? Do they
allow challenges to their faith? Hardly. Hypocrites. Do you know
anyone raised by nuns and priests who doesnít have at least one
issue (conflict) regarding sex?
This Jewish man supposedly died for everyoneís sins. Really?
never said that he did so. Suppose he didnít even die on the cross.
But you think he knew every person who would be born after him and
that weíre all sinners that need saving - by him alone? If you
believe that, then I have this bridge in Nevada Iíd like to sell
you.... I also donít believe this story because I donít think
anything is a "sin," EXCEPT perhaps forgetting our divine source.
Rape and premeditated murder are horrible choices of the lowest
level, disrespecting life, and like any choice one must face the
consequences of oneís actions. Would God give us a brain, a heart,
the ability to choose, to learn and grow as a sin? Since weíre all
created by the same energy, how can that energy make mistakes or be
sinful, itself? Is someone overriding God?
Okay, back to Jesus (pronounced as Yeshway, in Aramaic). This guy
was a Jew, taught Judaism, and had no intentions of starting a new
religion, but a new branch of Judaism, led by his wife
once a new religion was created in his name long after his supposed
murder by the Romans, Jews became the enemy rather than brethren.
This new religion made Jesus divine (Constantine and the
Council of Nicacea), and then God was fragmented into a triad instead of being
One. It also made all women into whores and crazies.
today canít figure out if Jesus is God, or Godís son, or what he is
supposed to be. I say, figure out God for yourself and live Godly
and stop worrying about Jesus. He can take care of himself because
he is a master, and doesnít need constant harassment. You donít need
his permission or approval for anything. And why would a God need
you to kiss its ass? Is God so needy for human acceptance, approval,
gratitude? For goodness sake, you have a brain; use it.
The point of the Jesus myth was really the symbolic resurrection,
ETERNAL LIFE, not martyrhood, not victimhood,
not blame. So if
thereís anything to celebrate from the story of Jesus, it is that
are all divine and eternal beings.
Jesusí mother supposedly got pregnant without having sex. Okay -
explain that one logically (without it being symbolic).
or in vitro fertilization, it canít happen, I donít care what anyone
Do you think that a God who created Adam and
Eve and the
universe and every living thing in it couldnít find his creation,
Adam, in the Garden of Eden?
Do you think God knew what Adam and Eve
were doing and therefore has been playing a cruel joke on humanity
Why would God demand sacrifices and run after humans?
Why would God punish only women by the pain in childbirth if he was
pissed off at what Adam AND Eve did by eating from the tree?
ever stop to think who these beings (Nephilim and Anakim) mentioned
in the bibles really were?
Like, perhaps ETs?
Okay, letís say you believe in the Jesus talked about in the
Testament, or Krishna (the life of Jesus is interestingly so
identical to Krishnaís), or Buddha, then do you do what their
example tells you to do? To accept all people; end suffering; to
heal the sick; to help the needy; to teach people how to realize
their own personal connection to the Creator; to BE sons and
daughters of God.
If a person doesnít behave like Jesus, or
then they donít believe in him.
What about the REALLY ridiculous things religion makes people buy
Like the annual brainwashing for Christmas gifts that begin
Or bunnies and Easter eggs, and never having to
explain the connection between them - oh yeah, sure, itís about
fertility. Or, how about forced starvation/fasts?
Having to eat fish
on Fridays or God will what, kill you?
Or that Harry Potter is evil
(when it really teaches good morals and is fun)?
Or that all pagans
or witches are satanists - not to mention that religions "borrowed"
a lot from the pagans, such as holidays based on the seasons and
phases of the moon?
Christmas was stolen from the pagans who
celebrated the return of the sun, the longer days. It has nothing to
do with Jesusí birth.
Then there is this priceless scene: athletes and artists thanking
Jesus or God for winning. As if God couldnít be with a loser. As if
God played favorites in a rap video. Or in a disaster. People say,
"God was on my childís side." Oh - but not on the side of a child
who was hurt or killed? People - do you realize how insensitive (and
stupid) you sound when you say that?
Religion has been responsible for the majority of wars and deaths on
our planet since Ra and Horus fought Seth, with the disgusting
excuse that they were waged in Godís name and with Godís approval,
if not Godís direct orders. These wars were about families, the need
for power and control, and back then those guys WERE seen as being
Gods. Every religion has tried that one numerous times, and we know
how that always ends. (Think thatís good PR for religion or God?)
are still experiencing religious wars in the Middle East. And now
that weíre in a literal war based on religious views, I think we all
need to do some serious thinking. Does it matter which car Jesus
would drive, or if Mohammad would pick a beauty
for a wife? Have you had enough of being a martyr or victim? Come
on! How inane. No wonder so many people question religion.
"An ignorant people is generally a
religious people, and a religious
people nearly always an immoral people."
--- John Remsburg
Donít agree? Then please explain suicide murderers and
terrorists in Allahís name, the Catholic churchís Inquisition, the
murdering 5 million women for being evil, the Salem witch trials,
the entire Old and New Testaments and Koran filled with orders to
kill or maim, abstinence and denial of you as a sexual being,
torture, honor killings or female genital mutilation in Islam as
being moral and sane.
Battles continue today even in Israelís "holy sites", who controls
them, who can use them. I have a message for the people in that
region, and everywhere there are "holy sites." No matter which
religion you keep, I would think that two things are accepted across
the board - theyíre called SHARING & RESPECT.
Why is it that the
so-called "holy places" canít be openly shared with whomever wishes
to go to them for the purposes of prayer, respect, or education?
the major religions believe in God - isnít that enough to get past
petty or even huge differences?
Canít holy places be neutral ground?
Canít the Arabs accept the existence of Israel?
Geez, even most
animals will not prey on other animals while drinking at the only
watering hole in the desert. I advise checking your egos, rage, and
weapons outside at the gate, and remember why youíre there - to
connect with God. Maybe that connection will remind everyone that
weíre all creations of that God, or Source, or whatever you want to
Since weíre all created in Godís image, isnít it high time
everyone started acting divinely? And that whatever you do to
someone else, youíre doing (or have already done) to yourself?
Thereís a lot to be said for sharing, respect, compassion and love -
could even bring about peace - imagine that.
If religion gives you comfort, or fulfills some need in your life
and gets you through the day in a healthy way, great. Iím just
saying that it doesnít work for me, and I have doubts itís had a
general positive influence on the planet. Itís too harmful and
shallow without demanding enough independent thinking and
self-responsibility for oneís spirituality.
Hereís what I think
about God (and I concur with Bashar):
God is truly infinite, then there is not the smallest place, nor
the shortest moment where God is absent. God, to be truly infinite,
must (by definition) be everywhere, all times, with all life. There
can be nothing that is not God, nothing that is not made of God,
because in the beginning there was only God and nothing else - pure
creativity. God already filled all of existence.
There couldnít have
been any room left over because if there was, then God wasnít
infinite. Thus, God only had Itself out of which to make everything
God created and thus, despite the illusion of separateness, we can
not actually be separate from God because there is nowhere else to
be separate from God.
We have free will and the ability to choose the illusion of being
separate from God. But, our ability to do this, and yet still be
supported in Godís creation, proves just how unconditional Godís
love really is. How can anyone say that Godís love is unconditional
except for this condition and that condition? That shows complete
Humans imposed the limited and narrow view on Jesus
(or whomever) and God because they wonít accept themselves as Godís
unconditionally loved creations.
"It has been said that the Devilís greatest trick was in convincing
the world he didnít exist. I disagree. If the Devil does exist, then
his greatest trick is also a great irony: he has convinced millions
of people to spread judgment and fear in Godís name! He has tricked
people of weak faith into believing that Godís love is limited and
finite; that God will judge Its children as unworthy and will punish
them in Hell for their sins, and he gets these people to preach this
gospel of fear IN GODíS NAME!
Even the Christians acknowledge that
the Devil can quote Scripture to suit his own purposes, yet the idea
escapes them that the Devil (or just plain human fear and greed)
could have convinced people to subvert the Scriptures themselves.
Let him who has ears hear the truth!
"The real question is: Are YOU willing to take the REAL risk: To see
yourself and all others through the eyes of an unconditionally
loving God - One who will love you FOREVER no matter what you do?
One who loves Its children so much, Itís willing to give them
eternity to learn from their mistakes rather than punish them? Are
you willing to believe in your own goodness? Willing to "risk" that
you can handle that much love FOREVER?"
When you get that, how can you then go backwards and think that
saying certain words (prayers) to please God, or offering
sacrifices, being superstitious, or punishing anyone, would be the
way to God? How about meditating and being a channel for divine
consciousness to become more blended with your own, instead? How
about choosing divine wisdom and love (that
the Source is and shares
with you), instead of fear and powerlessness?
If at this point you are still wondering why Iím not part of any one
institutionalized religion, why I choose to remain a free spirit,
let me be even clearer:
I cannot support any religion or institution whose
goal is to
control, or discriminate against someone because of their gender,
ethnicity, I.Q., age, etc. Especially any religion that sees women
as lower than men, as evil, as property, or as needing punishment
just for being female. (Everybody is born through the body of a
I cannot support any religion who decides FOR me when I live or die,
or what I can or cannot do with my own body.
I donít want to be part of a religion that tells me that theyíre the
only "right" one and non-believers must die, or wonít get into
I donít want to be part of anything I canít question or challenge,
nor one in which I am not allowed to compose my own prayers or
affirmations - communicate with God in my own way.
I donít want to be part of a religion that preaches what they
determine is "holy," but canít walk their talk.
I donít believe there is only one symbol for God, or that
like any one individual.
I donít want to be part of a religion that
abuses, kills, spreads
lies, cheats, and steals.
I donít want to be part of a religion that has
no compassion or
responsibility, or no love.
I donít want to be part of a religion that doesnít get that we are
ALL created by God/the Source.
I also donít seek (or need) some
messiah or savior, nor anyone else
judging my soul for me.
I trust in my personal connection and experiences with
(Higher Self, Nature, Goddess, God, All That Is, Cosmic Intelligence
- whatever one wants to name It) within myself for spiritual