Wow yesterday’s post on the worthiness issues created by organized religion certainly got some dialogue going! As I said, organized religion is not the only guilty party here, but they’re certainly one of the worst.
A perfect example is an introduction to Biblical Christianity that Helen sent me. It states, “Mankind’s inherently sinful (evil) nature has created a gulf between God and man which is unsurpassable by any human effort whatever…Reconciliation was made possible by the removal of man’s sin by the sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth”
Later in a suggested prayer it says, “Lord God I know that I am a sinner by nature and choice. I believe that you sent your one and only son Jesus to pay the penalty for my sin.”
Now if you buy into this crazed belief that you are born a sorry sinner, how are you ever going to believe you are worthy of good things? And of course Christianity doesn’t have a monopoly on these kinds of poverty consciousness mind viruses…
The same thing horrific manipulation of young minds is happening in many temples, mosques and synagogues all over the world. Millions more children are right now receiving the same negative programming which will relegate them to lives of lack and limitation.
The real problem is the fundamentalists in most organized religions. They have highjacked the true message and distorted it to reflect their agenda. So hateful bigots like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Oral Roberts claim to teach the Bible. Murderers like Osama bin Laden profess to represent true Islam.
I remember a few years ago. The press was reporting that the Arab world was outraged because Israel killed Islamic cleric Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas. What kind of world is it, when you can get a job running an organization that organizes and trains assassination squads and suicide bombers – and still be called a “cleric” or a “spiritual leader.”
Fundamentalism has today evolved into a code word for hate, persecution, and intolerance. Idiots like Robertson, Falwell and Roberts no more teach the message of Jesus Christ than bin Laden, Yassin, and Saddam Hussein represent the true Muslim message. They have simply highjacked the message and use it to manipulate their mindless followers.
They assure you that you are meant to suffer here, to demonstrate your worthiness for the afterlife, when the real good stuff comes.
And depending on the religion: if you prostrate yourself enough, beg for forgiveness enough, say enough “Hail Mary’s,” ambush enough American GI’s, rub enough rosary beads, pray to Mecca enough times each day, blow up enough abortion clinics, kill enough Jews, or send enough money to the televangelist – you will be saved.
Most of the world’s major organized religions are set up as cosmic frequent flier programs. If you collect enough points, you win the free trip to paradise.
Whether we look at the Christian concept of original sin, the Buddhist 8-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of karma, the Jewish Covenant, or the Muslim Code of Law, they all are set up with the basic presupposition that you are a flawed being who needs salvation.
And if that’s what you are taught beginning at four or five years old, is it any wonder that you would grow up with worthiness issues? Is it any surprise that today there are millions of people with low self-esteem, fear-based consciousness, and a tendency to self-sabotage their prosperity?
If you went to a private Catholic school and the nuns told you that you were born a sorry sinner, what are the odds you are going to grow up liking yourself? If you are a Hindu who believes that this time around, you are reincarnated from an Egyptian horse thief to pay penance, what are the chances you’re going let yourself be successful? If you’re a Buddhist who believes you must go through 129 lifetimes to find enlightenment – and you’re only on lifetime 92 -- what are the odds that you’re going to let yourself become wealthy this time around? And don't even get me started on the guilt in Judaism!
One of the best steps you can take to become healthy, happy, and prosperous is to do some serious critical thinking about your religious beliefs. Think about the subliminal programming contained in them, and what you were exposed to as a young child. There you will find many clues on what has caused you to create the results you have in your life right now.
If you need help on this, read my book, "Why You're DUMB, SICK, & BROKE . . .and How to Get SMART, HEALTHY & RICH" I go into great depth on the role that mind viruses play in programming you for lack.
You are not serving God, the world, or yourself by playing small. Your assignment on this planet is to unfold into the true greatness you are capable of, and model that success to inspire others to escape the mediocrity their lives have become.
So how are you doing on that?