RELIGIOUS PEOPLE CONTRIBUTION OR VIEWS (HUB 38)
A STUDY OF RELIGIONS AND WHY HUMANITY NEEDS RELIGIONS ETC.
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Religious people contribution
This is a study or religions and how they are serving humanity
May God guide and help me to say the right religious things?
When we look at the religions that we have today, we have not done much lately?
Today religions seem to grow stale, because there is no real new religious contribution from the people, and therefore we all seem to be living in the past religiously, perhaps religions are also growing stale because they are old fashioned, but above all it is because today everything else is changing quickly, and for these reasons they seem old fashioned and stale; but at the same time religions seem to go a bit out of fashion for this same reason. So, is there anything that needs to be done to reverse this negative trend? Is there a need for today religious people to contribute something new, so that religions would be able to look just as attractive as they used to be?
For this reason, we believe that the time has come to look at religions and what they have been able to achieve in the past for the benefit of all humanity, once we have learned that, then we will have the option to decide what could be done about it, in order to keep them in touch with today trend. We have reasons to believe that in the past religions have contributed a great deal more than nowadays, but now it seems that it is has run out of steam so to speak. As we have said perhaps one of the reasons is that mankind has not changed any major religious beliefs for about two thousand years or there about, that is of course if one believes and follows religion according to the Bible and other religious books that derive from the Bible.
Of course there are other major religions in the world, which don’t have anything to do with what is written in the Bible, but we in the western world don’t know enough about them at this present time, so, our comments about them will be limited even when we write about them later on in our religious writings, that is at the time when we cannot avoid to write about them any longer. So, today this question arises what has mankind done about religions lately? I believe that we the people of this earth have not done enough to keep religions progressing at the same speed as mankind progress itself. That is why religions start looking stale to say the least; Here I would like to suggest that we really need some religious people would contribute something to get religions back to their former importance.
Therefore today when we ask ourselves; what have we done religiously lately? I guess that the answer will be that we have not done very much at all. What I am saying here is that after the Bible was written including the New Testament no other major changes in beliefs have happened, even though later on the Koran has been written, and the book of Mormon has been written, and the authors of these two books assure us that they have written them according to some divine interventions that they personally experienced. However these two religious books always refer to religion and happenings of the Bible; so it seems to me that they derive from the religious teaching in the Bible, even when they show some new happenings.
There are also a few smaller and less known religions, which have in common the Bible, since the Bible seems to be the most important and first known religious book of the western world; for what we know it is very likely the first five books of the Bible have been written before any other existing religious book in the whole wide world; but some scholars believe that Hinduism is one of the first religions recorded.
Anyhow here let us talk about western religions, it would be right to assume that Moses wrote or caused to write these five first books in the Bible while he was for forty years in the Sinai desert, since he had to write to keep the record of what was happening and to lay down the laws that God was giving him. These writing events were happening about 1500 years before current era, which could be 3500 years ago; therefore the beginning of the Bible was being written by Moses of the house of Levi a very long time ago, these books could have been just notes to record what was important to remember. After Moses died the leaders that followed caused their scribers to continue to write in order to keep the record of all main events religious and otherwise; so, for about sixteen hundred years or there about all the main religious events were thus recorded.
Now we have to understand that the Bible, not only was a religious book of the Israelite, but is also doubled up as a history book for them until the time of Jesus Christ. When the Old Testament came to an end; and the New Testament began according to the Christian Bible and the four Gospel written in it.
They stopped writing the Bible
Mankind stopped writing the Bible, but what could be the reasons?
As we have said the Bible was being written for a long, but then, mankind for various reasons stopped writing the Bible; So let us see briefly what could have been the reasons, one of these reasons could be that after the Jews crucified the lord Jesus Christ they went their own way, because, as it happened, religion became split and the followers of Jesus Christ followed their own beliefs, but the Jews kept believing what they had always believed, so the history book of Israel the Bible was not continued as before, and if it was it is not written in the Bible as we know it today?
As we all know the Bible as we Christians know it ends with the four Gospels Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, and then the apostle acts various other writers, some other letters and then it ends with the book of Revelation; this is how the Bible ends even today. Now it is necessary to point out that John the writer of Revelation is not the same John who wrote the gospel, and it was written a long time after Jesus death, some scholars say 190 AD, anyhow the book of Revelation is a very allegoric book and tries to control people, in a way or another, it starts very strong and ends very strong.
The book of Revelation states this and I quote:
(This is the revelation given by God to Jesus Christ so that he could tell his servants about the things that are now to take place very soon; he sent his angel to make it known to his servant John.-- And John has written down everything he saw and swears it is the word of God guaranteed by Jesus Christ. Happy the man who reads this prophesy, and happy those who listen to him, if they treasure all it says, because the Time is close.) End of quote.
Revelation also ends with a very strong warning, or one could say a curse to anyone who would change anything that the writer John has written, so it is almost freighting and this is perhaps another reason to take into account, why the Bible has stopped being written; but I believe that we have already talked about this Bible ending in another article, the second meeting, John’s speech; and again in other places, this is one link to check it out Biblical discussions and again we have mentioned this in Bible review about Bible curses. I am not going to repeat that in full here, so I am going only to state that this could be the cause.
But now to highlight the main subject at hand, I have to ask again the same question; what has mankind done to update religious beliefs? The answer would be, not very much and this is not a satisfactory answer. Then about the Bible curses will have to talk another time, as there are too many subject to deal with at this present time.
Let us review our task
Looking at what we have just said, we believe that mankind has got to look seriously at religions, not just look and believe what they are being told, but they have to use their common sense and logic explanations; if they do that then they will see that the time has come to renew religious beliefs, in such a way that they would be acceptable to nowadays people, so, one should find a way on how to review, rewrite and illustrate religion according to the present times, in the hope that the people of the world would get a better understanding of the whole situation, in the hope that it would make it easier for them to believe in one God, and this is what we are trying to start happening in these religious writings.
But nowadays, to make people believe in religion is not an easy task, as we the people of the world would like to believe in religion only if there are some advantages for us, and if there are not any personal sacrifices. I believe that it is a well known fact, that we don’t accept everything that is being said to us easily these days, because we believe that we know a lot more than we used to know a long time ago. So, we challenge any existing beliefs if they don’t seem to be exactly right in our mind: That is if our knowledge and intelligence don’t run in a parallel way with those beliefs. Therefore this is the dilemma that mankind is facing nowadays; it is all because our knowledge has increased a lot and we have set our own standard higher, so as soon as we are told about something old, or something new, or some beliefs we want mentally to check that everything that is being told to us meets our own standard of knowledge and runs in a parallel way with our knowledge.
Therefore, if we want to write about religious beliefs or anything else for that matter, we would have to write them in a certain way, which would run in a parallel way to the acquired knowledge that we have reached today. So, in order to show how we could reconcile every existing living thing to the living God, or existing God’s life-force, we need to write our writings in a religious way in every aspect; but those religious writings will have to be written in a way acceptable to mankind as well, otherwise it will be a waste of time to write anything religious or otherwise.
Praying God for help
Looking at the enormous task that we need to undertake to review religions, it is obvious that whoever undertakes such task needs help to sort it out, therefore the first thing that comes to mind to any believers is to pray God, and thus I am praying God to help me. In the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, which every day I pray to guide me in the quest for the truth, so that I would be able to write my religious writings according to God’s will, I humbly say; Father, hear my prayer and help me!
As you can see, I have just prayed my Lord God, because right now I would not be able to continue to write my religious writings without God’s help.
TO MY READERS
In this article that we have called now, Religious people contribution, after changing the name from what has mankind done? I believe that I need to explain to my readers a bit more, what the reasons are and why we feel that it would be helpful to write about religious beliefs, for the benefit of mankind.
The following explanation is one of the many possible explanations, which I can offer to you by explaining why we should write these religious beliefs:
Religion may be said to be a divine devise to help people live a better life in a collective way. But by observing how the world is run nowadays it seems to me that people are distorting those existing religious rules therein, so that they can gain some personal advantages for themselves instead. And we know that it is definitely wrong for them to do that.
So, I am thinking that in my writings I have to try to find a way out, about how people could easily avoid these possible religious distortions; or better still try to set my religious writings in such a way that it would be harder for people to take advantage of those religious rules.
What sort of distortions one may ask? For instance, in the world of today some people are not using religion for the benefit of the whole community: But they are using religion as a weapon to inflict punishment to others, and some of these punishments are so extreme and violent. This behaviour upsets us all and makes us wonder whether they have anything to do with religion at all; or, are these violent persons just a bunch of crazy people? We do not know what they are doing; but we know that they don’t behave as religious people should do.
So, in order to overcome that, the answer may well be that we should go back to the beginning of religions and start rewriting religious books, beginning with phrases like this:
Let it be known to all humanity that there is only one God throughout the universe, and God is the life essence of the whole universe. He is the father of every living thing and therefore all our lives depend from Him. And we have also to believe and think while we are living here on earth that every living thing one day must die and must return to Him.
Therefore, it would be better for all humanity to believe in this living God as described above, because a god like that involves everybody on earth and therefore in a way binds all religions together, we need a god like that because there is no better way available for us and there is no other god but this living God which we all should believe in; any other way is to become an atheist and not believe in God at all, and then blame our own violent doings on ourselves.
Of course mankind as a whole has got a problem in believing in the same God, because there is this driving force within us and it drives us in such a way which makes us wanting to be better than the fellow next door. Therefore, it is in our nature that we don’t like to be just the same as everyone else, and we don’t even want to believe in the same God otherwise we are the same as anybody else, so our god has got to be better than all other gods, now I hope you see what I mean?
But if we change a few things as I have already said above and say that there is only one God throughout the universe, and then religious things may become better. You see, it needs to be like that because this would be the only way to stop these religious differences; not only that but the truth is that ether there is only one God throughout the universe, or there is no God at all. Anyhow I believe that there is only one God throughout the universe, therefore we need to believe in this God, so, we have to set aside our pretense of being better than somebody else, and find a way on how to believe in the same God together, so that we can live in harmony together.
Of course there are also other reasons why we end up in not believing in the same God, and this is why we have to try to understand our own behaviour. But the facts remain that every one of us has got to believe in this same God who is our life giver; even though most of us would like to believe that this god is different from the god which other people believe in, just to justify that feeling within us which wants us to feel at a higher level of anybody else.
There are also many other reasons, some of which may only be that we describe God in a different way, while we are really talking about the same God. Whatever is the case mankind needs to adjust whatever needs to be adjusted, in order to get everybody believing in the same God.
Therefore I believe that it would be helpful if we write our religious writings, instead of only asking, what has mankind done to adjust religious beliefs? Because in our writings we will try to find a way in common which will help people believe in the same God who is the life force of the whole universe, in the hope that this life force would be able to link all religions together, or just show humanity that all religions can be linked together. And this is the reason why we want to write these religious writings for the benefit of mankind; so I pray God to help me to solve problem, which still seems very messy to say the least. And this would be my religious contribution.
May God help me?
Prayers of Reconciliation; Religious people contribution
IS TO CONTINUE, Next time with, Importance of religion?
See you soon.
Some religious links in hub-pages from the same author