Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You Are a Sinner!

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

Yes, infidel. I’m talking to you. You are an unworthy sinner! And you will BURN IN HELL!!! You don’t believe in my god, and my god is the ONE TRUE GOD. Now die and get what you deserve!

But for the small fee of only 1/10 of your income, we will gladly offer you both the KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and access to the SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. And if you act now, we’ll even throw in 3 free indulgences, worth $12 each. That’s a $36 value, ABSOLUTELY FREE! This is a limited time offer, so act now. Operators are standing by.

Yeah… about that… Let’s take a step back, maybe take a breath or two, and then start over. Only this time we’ll take a less radical, more practical approach…

When at the park, I pay attention to two things: nature and the people I pass.

Giving attention to the former is about gratitude and appreciation—gratitude for the existence of the life around me and appreciation of the subtle nuances of this life.

As for the people, I look, nod (assuming they look at me), and continue observing nature until the next person comes around. I feel strongly inclined to acknowledge the existence of others.

While at the park one day, some guy stopped, said hi, and asked how I was doing the instant my eyes met his. No sooner had I said hello than he was handing me a little pamphlet. It immediately became apparent that he had a motive; that he wasn’t simply acknowledging the existence of another human being just because it’s the friendly human thing to do.

After handing me the pamphlet, in a well-rehearsed I-may-meet-someone-at-the-park-and-only-have-five-seconds-to-talk-before-they-run-off-or-smile-nod-and-walk-away(-or-tell-me-to-eff-off) spiel, he tells me that Jesus Christ is the "One Way" and that he’s looking forward to seeing me on whatever night these folks get together.

If a person wants to use Jesus as their point of reference for filling “the void” in life, then great. Don’t let me stop you. There are a lot of folks out there who will tell you there is great value in calling on any of the “Ascended Masters” for help. I have no argument in doing such. (Although I do recommend caution, because the mind can be very, very sneaky and most of what is is not as it seems.)

But what got me about this guy was his perceived certainty—as if Jesus shares a bunk bed with him and gives him all of life’s deepest secrets in the dead of the night. He spoke to me as if we should give away all personal power to Jesus because there is absolutely—ABSOLUTELY—no other way.

(As a side note, the pamphlet clearly stated that sex, alcohol, money, etc. are as equally bad as religion for filling “the void.” Supposedly this was just a group of people gathering in a house for the worship of a common idol. [Uhhh… So religion is bad but cults are okay?])

Later on, I read the pamphlet. I used to be offended by such things, but now I just get a weird kind of humor out of their flawed perspective. Like so many others, it said that I need to admit that I'm a sinner.

Ahh, shit… If I didn’t have enough problems to deal with, now I’m a sinner, too! Can you believe it?

No, quite frankly. I can’t.

Do you, dear reader, know what “sin” is?

Religiously, “sin” is fear-inducing, guilt-tripping, shame-impressing lingo designed to make herd-thinkers believe they are inherently horrible and deserve to spend their lives in suffering. As for the afterlife? Good luck.

Rationally, “sin” is nothing more than misguided thought followed by misguided action. Nothing more and nothing less. Ending “sin” is as simple as changing a thought pattern. You needn't even worry much about the action (unless you've got a mean addiction or are a serial killer or something) because action follows thought and “sinful” action is typically only healthy human nature that's been saturated in lies.

For you Catholics out there, how many of you go/went to confession for years on end and shamefully and self-loathingly confess/ed the same old thing over and over again, believing that you are inherently flawed and would likely go immediately to hell without even collecting $200!?

I did that once, too. Oh, how the wool has been pulled over our eyes.

Do you want to stop “sinning”?
Do you want peace?
Do you want healing?
Do you want a savior who will save you before you die (and you find out that there is no savior to save you because you didn’t truly try to save yourself)?
Do you want to realize in your here-and-now human form the words of Jesus that “the kingdom of God is within you”?

Then change your thinking.

It's that simple.

You are the savior you’ve been waiting for.

Note: This text is a modified version of a post originally published on 1/3/12 to former personal blog “Without a Story.”

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