Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Roof Is Leaking: A Rant On Religious Corruption and Misguidance

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
--1 Timothy 1:5-7
Would you hire a roofer who’s known to do a half-assed job? Who’s going to suck thousands of dollars out of your wallet—the money you’d spent so much time and energy to attain—only to leave you with rainwaters pouring into your house?

Then why would you spend a lifetime dumping out your wallet, time, and life energy on returning to the same corrupt religion—a religion that lures you in with promises of salvation by means of fear and the instillation of guilt and shame, forcing you to look outward to them to be saved rather than within?

Indeed, they’ve got you nailed for that very reason. They tell you that only they have the truth. You can’t access it yourself. You’re a worthless sinner. Rightfully so you should live in guilt and shame.

These are the very tools they wield against you because they know such things prevent people from looking within—who would dare acknowledge such inner filth? And so you look without—Save me! Save me! I’ll give you all my power, my money, anything you want! Just so I don’t have to face this blackness inside me!

They tell you you’re guilty, you’re a sinner, you were born deserving to be punished. And you don’t even question. You don’t even look within to see how true it really is—or isn’t. The very ones who have more money and material riches than God while half the world is dying of famine and disease; who often have clergy members up to their necks in pedophilia, alcoholism, gluttony and obesity, mismanaged anger, and sexual repression.

Folks, who’s guilty here? Generally speaking, you’ve got those in the lower ranks who feel overwhelmed with shame and so must necessarily live out its negative consequences and pass it on to others through shameful action, and you’ve got the higher-ups who live in shamelessness and are all too willing to deceitfully drive the nails further into the innocent and unsuspecting.

People fuck with the lives of others for one of two reasons: Either, one, they began with good intentions and now don’t know the difference because they’ve been led astray, deeply hurt within, and reactively behave per their negative programming, or, two, they hadn’t cared from the beginning and will stop at nothing to take advantage of you. In the first case, it’s blind leading the blind; in the second, it’s straight up hatred.

This is the shelter you’ve been seeking. I advise you to take in the full scope of its purported integrity.

Consider that your whole life—your beliefs, perception, family, ethics, etc.—even what may come in the afterlife—it all revolves to a greater or lesser degree around your religion’s dogma of “How It Is.”

Yes, some clergy members could be considered “good” (whatever “good” might mean). But clergy are also human beings like everyone else, and are just as susceptible to wrong thinking and doing as everyone else—perhaps even more so because their training and unconscious personal notions of becoming someone’s “savior” create in them delusions from the get-go.

So, too, might some practices be seen as “good.” But what, really, is “good” considering the negative orientation of many of those creating and perpetuating the practices? What, really, is “good” other than the perspective of the beholder as based on what these external sources have threateningly impressed in you as “truth”?

But even assuming there are some truly good clergy or practices here or there, so too are there a few dry spaces under a poorly laid roof. The house will still be destroyed and its inhabitants left empty.

“Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
--Luke 8:18
You see, the problem is systemic—the top is highly defective and so all the water must necessarily trickle, if not pour, down into the lowest levels.

Meaning: The whole thing must be torn down and redone or simply abandoned altogether.

Unless you prefer shame, guilt, and powerlessness. Then nothing has to change at all.

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