I must begin with an apology to the person who caused me to start this post. I am sorry about how things evolved. I was looking forward to exploring what could be.
I also appreciate how my spiritual foundation differs from many. In this post, I will attempt to share what I believe.
There are four great teachers Lao Tzu, Siddhattha Gotama, Confucius, and Jesus. To these four, we must add the Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, and the other great scholars whose words graced the libraries of Alexandra and other great centers of ancient learning.
Their thoughts and ways of looking at life and our surroundings transcend time.
Jesus, between age twelve and thirty, I suspect, walked the northern silk route and traveled home along the southern maritime route, searched, and explored all of their thinking. He probably voyages around Europe with the Phoenicians. When he emerged, he taught. He was a truly enlightened man. He taught a new way.
Maybe he simply merged all the thoughts many civilizations had of the single creator into one homily.
The Golden Rule Is How We Should Live
Stories told of Jesus caused the common people to establish a deep feeling for Jesus son of Mary and Joseph a martyr who died on the cross preaching peace and harmony.
Instead, those in power use his name and their version of his teaching to assure their GREEDY, that one sin, need for wealth and power. To this challenge, we must remember what Lord Acton said – “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (1887).
Western civilization has claimed superiority and justified its claim using The Bible. The hubris of the Bible Authors to claim their Book was better than any other book is where the sins of our global culture emanate.
That arrogant better than thou feeling is our greatest sin.
Look at the tower of Babel. We once were one. The people who wrote that passage wrote of our inability to work together. They blamed God for our human failures. The story is of us.
We could not create a society
Capable of standing up and saying to God.
Father, you can be proud of us
We are one together on earth
Bound together peace and harmony
In the spirit of the Creator
Is that not what Jesus told us was our task?
I was taught that he died on the cross so in his name we would come together as one, both Gentile and Jew? Instead!
My return from a world where chaos ultimately came to order 》 Happened in 2005 while living in Canada. 19 year abroad thinking of coming home. I stopped drinking; we joined the three-week-old community church in Markham, Ontario. There, I began to study the bible. When I came back to the United States in 2008 and settled for a time on St Simons Island, Georgia, I joined the local community church. Moving up to Atlanta, I joined with my sister and attending Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.
Supposedly reborn I tried to learn and listen for God’s words.
What happened next resulted from several evangelical better than thou experiences.
Their demand – I see things their way.
This better-than-thou attitude caused me to run back to the Episcopal church.
Party, nationalist, MAGA, slave owner, racist, sexist, cults, schools, churches, temples … whatever holds one group together divides us. This is our failing.
We did not listen to those four great teachers
I don’t think the evangelist understands the red words
We are not listening to Jesus.
He knew and had learned from
All the many before him
With this ancient depth, even he has not convinced those now living and those who came before to come together as one family. He asked us, in the name of the creator, to be the stewards of this planet and friends to any who enters our space.
This is who we are expected to be
Look at us today. We have not been true to his teaching. Unfortunately, much of the New Testament is John, who was Saul. Only the red words in the Gospels and Acts are the truth.
Those that follow, including Mohammed, Luther, Calvin, Joseph Smith, Guru Nanak, and so many others, sought to promote their unique way of thinking. Instead, they ended up creating even more division.
In 2017 my mother died. It was late February. We had just elected a racist President. Two priests Robert and Tom stood talking as friends. Of two different disciplines, these men told me the local spiritual leaders met for Lunch – Dinner – Musical … whatever.
Years later Tom and Allan along with the local rabbi took a group to Palestine.
They told me who did not
The Imam did
At the beginning of 2020, living once again in the Golden Isles, I attended three of the churches here on St. Simons. I listen with great respect to Alan & Tom as they tended to their Presbyterian and Episcopalian flocks. I also had a chance to experience Catholics sharing their faith.
I have stayed away from most people since COVID, especially those rude people who would not wear a mask and do not want to accept the free vaccine and become part of the herd immune society.
A lovely woman asked the question of my spiritual beliefs.
before she adamantly professed her beliefs
I was at peace with My spiritual foundation
This student’s essay tells it well.
In my many reading, this essay has caused me to want everyone to remember one thing.
The question the student causes me to ask each of you.
Is it true?
Because I don’t believe as you, I am destined to hell?
When it comes to spirituality, everyone is right. No one is wrong. None of us can truly understand the mysteries of the unknown.
None of us has the ability to understand and see the creator
Power and Intellect so Immense
Capable of Creating Universes
In my search, I found the Tao, The Way!
While cycling one beautiful afternoon along the Chattahoochee, I listened to one particular way of interpreting the Tao.
After listening to the full series, the Trinity became nothing more than an element of the mythology used to help people find a common purpose.
For me, our purpose should be to find union with all. People should not insist we all believe in the Jesus described in the Nicene Creed. Instead,
We could all agree
He is a Great Spiritual Teacher
Many tell me I must give God my full and undivided attention. They tell me he will fill my mind with heavenly wisdom and knowledge.
They tell me – he has plans for me.
They tell me they see and hear greatness in my ideas. Can it be true?
Is God calling and asking me to step up
Reach higher and prepare to do more than I can imagine?
My therapist believes I have a calling. Others cause me to fear the burden God wants to place on my shoulders. The woman who caused me to write told me she heard greatness in my ideas.
Then they pray that I will experience the outrageous love of Christ.
This one idea reminds me of the division and hubris of the Christian.
In 1976 I learned software & telecommunication with the equivalent of a 4-year master’s in computer services. 1982, while replacing the back pages of the WSJ with computer screens, I saw how marginal satisfaction is not a human instinct and was confronted with the flaws of socialism and capitalism. 1986 off to Europe for 15 years.
1991, I moving into senior management and saw the world through the eyes of Mastercard and Visa. I helped them grow and focused on securing the world of payments and heralding in eCommerce.
Big data, identity, and cryptography take me into today.
The fourth industrial revolution is underway; it calls us to embrace machine learning, natural language interfaces, 3D printing, and the internet of things.
How God fits in begs the question of why God would put Putin and Trump in power. Why would income inequality be so raw and health a profit center? Those waving the Trump and MAGA flags worry me. Their supremacist attitude solidifies for me one thing. Tribalism is our greatest sin.
Has he put me here to address the real issue!
It is time to listen and embrace
The Golden Rule.