Is There Faith Outside Religion? 

Growing up in religion, I was told that leaving the “flock” was certain death, often compared to a sheep leaving the sheepfold and putting itself as easy prey of the heathen “wolfs.” Leaving religion was a dreadful thought. Life outside church was short of unimaginable. 

Even after overcoming my first three years outside religion, I still struggle to verbalize what life and faith outside religion feels like. So, I’ve been thinking about this lately. 
In essence, I have not abandoned my faith. In fact, my faith is more real and stronger than it used to be, maybe because it is based on a more tangible reality that the abstract constructs of my former religion. But religion may not acknowledge what I now consider faith. Let me explain. 
Within religion, my faith referred to trust in a divine Being sitting in heaven or otherwise a trust I built based on the sacred writings attributed to God. I exercised this faith by praying or calling on the God of heaven, by believing or repeating sacred verses, by claiming scripture promises, while expecting scriptural principles, promises or God himself to move or become “active” on my behalf. 
Moreover, I ensured this “right” of having God “active” and backing me by keeping a moral code, a prayerful and God-devoting, praising, worshiping life. Failing on these spiritual disciplines would not only have those around me question my membership legitimacy, but could certainly mean I would neither be favored by God, nor he be active on my behalf in my times of need. 
In essence, my religious faith was based on strict adherence to practical and theological principles of scriptural interpretation and application, or otherwise following the tenets of my religion’s faith. 
However, contrary to religion’s belief, faith outside religion can be real, fulfilling and satisfying, as it is a very different kind of faith. This faith is not based on any of the above religious principles. So, let me give a you little background. 
Although I initially tapped into this faith by following tacit understandings revealed through sacred scripture, these understandings neither led me to unyielding trust and adherence or idolizing devotion to the scriptures themselves, nor to a historical figure, namely Jesus, nor a heavenly Being called God, nor to a particular view of scripture interpretation, nor to following adherence to theological principles or scriptural disciplines. It actually led me to the source of life itself. It brought a sense of tangible reality in the presence of abundant God-like life as something available and reachable. It led to the reality of a kingdom or domain present within myself. 
In that place, I discovered, lays the source of this power we call eternal life, the source of God’s own essence, power, or energy that gives humanity its life, purpose and meaning. This life neither originates in a sacred book, nor in an outside source or a person, but it’s latently present within the dimension of the human heart. The source of this energy is already present in every human being, and only lack of this awareness keeps us from living out of its power, and abundance, leaving us stuck on the mere reasoning faculties of the human intellect. 
I can illustrate this as being in a deep sleep that keeps us from experiencing the awaken world. We must be awake to enjoy it. We must be aware of its presence to live in it.  
Jim Palmer’s illustration unveils this idea further: “The only thing required for knowing the sunrise is being awake to experience it. The same applies to knowing Truth. You are asleep and lost in a dream. You have to wake up to see things as they really are.” Notes from (Over) the Edge 
What kind of faith is my newfound faith? Faith in life! This faith is an unyielding trust in the possession of this power, essence or energy called life, which in its most organic form, emanates from the Creator. It’s the realization of the acquired possession of God’s own life-essence, which the writer of the Genesis called, “in God’s own image and likeness.” 
Faith in life is believing in that original life as given to the first created humans. Is trust in the restoration of that divine order and our God-given ability to live directly from its source emanating from our human heart. It’s living out of the essence and life-energy of God, in order to rule and reign in life. 
Faith in life is different from faith in the principles of a religious system in that religion promotes rules and regulations to move about and be supplied from, which evidently have failed to deliver heaven on earth, as it awaits for another world in which to manifest. A kingdom that is neither coming or we will reach out in the sky because it is already latently abiding and awaiting in us within the dimension of our hearts. It’s us and no one else who have to open our eyes and awaken to it to live out of its abundance.  
Faith in life assures us that heaven is not a place out of this world, but a spiritual dimension within ourselves; a part of humanity from which God’s wellspring of life emanates from, right from our own guts. A kingdom we need to live from, spread and establish until it replaces our current limited paradigm. 
While religion’s faith awaits for an external being to deliver goods to the needy, faith in life encourage us to look and dig within ourselves in that place where we are one with God. It compels us to trust in our divine natures where the resources to all life needs abound. That place within every human being where God, his life, power, energy and provision rests in such abundance that it overflows. You can call it as Jesus did, “rivers of living water that spring forth from our belly.” 
In essence, faith in life is believing that every human was born with a trustworthy compass within the inner self that guides us and steer us in the way we should go. This is what Jesus referred to as the kingdom of heaven. A place “at hands reach” or “within”; a treasure from were all issues of life spring. 
Dr. David Hawkins in his book, “The Eye of The I, From Which Nothing is Hidden,” suggests that awakening to the reality of the life of God latent within our hearts may indeed be Christ’s second coming: “Mankind now stands at the great threshold of real awakening, which may be the actual nature of the Second Coming of Christ as foretold in scripture.” This is not a popular idea, especially within religion, yet it does not take me by surprise and I am beginning to think there’s a lot of truth to it. 
In conclusion, religious faith exercises trust in an outside being or source to come to our rescue in our time of need, while faith in life trusts the God-in-us abundant ability to overcome ever life challenge. 
Religion’s faith begs the God of heaven to show up on earth and intervene in our human affairs, while faith in life trusts he already has and God-in-us IS indeed heaven on earth! 

~ José Arroyo ~ 

Freedom

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Dead End Religion

Finally, I’ve come to a little understanding of how my former religious faith was killing me…
How?

I raised the words/writings of 40 men and women and gave them godly status. I then raised a leader and trained him/her to keep those writers status as divine and holy before my eyes.

Furthermore, I gave those leaders godly status, evidence by my adherence to their doctrines and interpretations. I made it a point that my attendance to these leader’s establishments, loyalty to their teachings and practice of their disciplines, equated to my loyalty to the divine, thus deserving of the exclusive entitlement of their “so called” salvation.

However, salvation is not elusive or exclusive as the many religious camps proclaim it to be; as every single one claims ownership of its franchise. Salvation, I discovered, was finding the freedom to be myself; the ability to live my own life. It meant escaping from the narrow mindedness that life belongs to one person and attaching myself to him, confessing his name and loyalty to his message is the only way to have access to real spiritual life.

Jesus, however, did not pretend close adherence to his person (whether divine or human), his message or his faith. Rather, he provoked me by rebelling to those principles and showing me the path to attaining like-life as his, as available or at hands reach by everyone. The core of his message spoke about unity. Not to a set of beliefs, writings or doctrines, but ONENESS with the creator himself.

There’s wholeness in this oneness. There’s freedom to be oneself without loosing sight of the fact that we are a “chunk” of god himself. In that oneness, we have freedom to walk our god-given life, not as mere partakers of the divine, but rightful heirs and owners of it. We are owners of our present, and our futures will be as bright as our divine lives and creativities is allowed to BE.

But our oneness is not limited or reserved for the beautiful, the pleasant and the pleasure evoking beings of this planet. Is neither a reward for our moral compliance, our pious living nor our devoted adherence to a set or principles, laws or scriptures.

If Jesus ever evoked this oneness, he meant it to be for the needy, the poor, the desolate and the outcasts of this world. He made this connection with us outcasts, by identifying himself with us: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt. 24:40).

In fact, his life’s purpose wasn’t to die for the sins of the world, but to display our common divinity. The life we all possess that’s been hidden away beneath our mundane lives, our religious performance, and our pretentious success. But he was not the only person to ever display this life. He was only one of many witnesses to the Jewish people. One that we have raised above other men and made responsible for that which we were commissioned to do: rule and reign in life.

You and I are also faithful witnesses of the divine. We’re god in the flesh. From the moment of our birth, to our last breath in our fleeting existence, we are displaying the image and likeness of our creator. Jesus himself pointed to this truth: “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? (John 10:44). This is the life he spoke about, the eternal Zoe we have inherited.

Unfortunately, just as we have made Jesus our god to follow, we have also taken god’s witnesses to other cultures, and given them divine status above other men.

The truth is that we are all divine humans. We were all created in the image and likeness of our creator and each other. We are all divine “chunks” of this life and we have the responsibility to honor and respect each other’s.

2015-11-06 10.05.04There’s a Hindu word that perfectly describes this oneness: namaste. In its simplest definition, it carries the following understanding: “The image of God in me, honors the image of God in you. I recognize that you and I are equal in god’s eyes, and I greet you in that place where you and I are one.”

Now, that’s oneness! One that can only be seen and experienced outside the box of religion…of which we all have full access an open invitation to enjoy…

~ José Arroyo
Love, Life and Freedom, my only religion
~ Namaste ~

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My Self-Identity Quiz

My Devotional for Jan 17, 2016

Do you remember the woman who had the issue of blood for 12 years? She crawled through a hard pressing crowd until reaching her wholeness when touching the hem of Jesus’ garment…

When you think of these scene, who do you identify with?

A. ____ Someone among the crowd in need of closeness to Jesus?

B. ____ One of the disciples ensuring Jesus physical safety, the sake of his name and character, or reputation of his doctrine?

C. ____ Maybe with one of his closest friends/disciples?

D. ____ Perhaps with the needy person crawling, praying and hoping to get the Master’s attention and be granted a wish or a prayer?

E.____  None of the above?

…Wonder how much more I need to grow in my sense of self-identity until I can fully see myself as the one wearing the garment…!?

“Put on your new self and be renewed as you learn to know your creator and become like him” (Colossians,‬ ‭3:10‬). ‬‬

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Spirit Beckoned!

“God’s Spirit beckons…”
(Rom 8:14a, MSG).

After living in Puerto Rico for the last year and a half, I had a desire to return to the U.S. mainland.  But curiously, this desire was not spawned by the economic turmoil that currently surrounds the island’s financial and political climate.  It was not triggered by an emotional reaction due the social and moral decay of our current world or any particular life event.  It was neither the product of long hours of prayer and intersession that sought god’s destiny or unknown will for my life and family, nor a word of prophesy from a professional religious guru that paved and lighted an otherwise uncertain path to the future. None of the above.  Where did this desire initiate from then?  From my spirit, the inner man of the heart.

However, because I grew up within a religious family and culture, as friends and relatives bid me farewell, I was often asked: Did you pray for direction?  Did you put this decision in god’s hands? And many other like-questions.  I was tempted to say, “no, I didn’t.” If I did, I may have been lectured or perhaps asked to provide an alternate spiritual explanation.  But I think no amount of explanation would have sufficed. In all honesty, I think it would have probably gone in one ear and out the other.  How do I know?  That’s what often happened to me years earlier.

Instead, I responded positively to their questions and nodded in agreement to their follow up comments. These days I feel more discrete about sharing my theology and convictions.  Because of my need to vent out my frustrations, I now blog my journey instead of following the urge of my fleshly desires to act as a religious Pharisee who travels land and sea seeking to proselyte a few into my own theology.

Nevertheless, although this life’s season I don’t spend a whole lot of time praying for spiritual guidance, I seek to follow my spirit’s intuition.  I now have a keen awareness of my inner-self created in the image and likeness of my spiritual parent.  I am awaken to the fact that I AM one in spirit with my spiritual father, and “feel” more inclined to follow my spiritual/divine DNA that springs naturally from my heart within.  This DNA is what I call my spiritual feelings, guts and intuition.

Consequently, I no longer wander around seeking for an answer outside myself. I believe I’ve been endowed with the tools necessary to live a happy and successful life. I rather seek to follow my heart’s intuition rather than an external spiritual mentor, an ancient god-book or a god-man out of the sky. These had value within my former theological worldview, but I see my faith as evolving. That deity I used to worship, I know to have become one with me. Why then continue seeking him outside myself? Non sense!

However, how did I know moving to Tennessee was right? I didn’t!  At the time of making the decision I just searched my guts for any sign of discomfort.  Discomfort within my guts, I’ve learned, is like a red light.  It’s sort of a signpost that asks me to stop in my tracks. Perhaps a wrong turn or a cautionary warning of wrong direction.  Lack of this discomfort I interpret as an okay from my spirit to continue the course.  Other times, decisions produce joy.  Joy I interpret as a sign of right direction.

In the past, the lack of this joy or assertiveness would have produced panic.  I would start asking myself questions like: What if I miss god’s perfect plan for my life? What if I miss my destiny?, and many other what if’s.  In fact, even if I miss it, I have learned more than if I froze in wait for an sign in the sky.  Life is an adventure and only moving forward will this journey unfold into a marvelous venture!

Nevertheless, I am learning to be confident in and trusting my spiritual DNA. As I grow confident in my inner self’s sense of direction, the less I worry about a particular outcome, just a positive one.

For example, I recently felt discouraged by the lack of response from employers I have applied with.  Two weeks ago I felt so bad, I felt like running away from everything and having a pity party.  In my way to my self-pity indulging, I suddenly sensed a boldness emanating from my guts.  As I listened, I could recognize my parent’s voice encouraging and asserting my inner strength and value.  I immediately, opened my mouth and allowed my spirit to fill it: “I have unique knowledge, skills and abilities (SKA’s).  Somewhere, there’s someone in need of those SKA’s. To that someone, employer or company, I am the right fit. I am a valuable and worthy asset to them, and they are the right fit for me.  We mutually benefit each other. I will provide them with the SKA’s they need to succeed, grow and profit and, in turn, they will provide me with the resources I need to successfully provide for all my family’s needs. Therefore, I allow myself to be connected with that someone, employer or company in need of a blessing such as myself.”

After uttering these words, I felt so encouraged within, that my fleshly desire to pity myself, rapidly dissipated. I felt a renewed strength and joy within that inspired me and launched me into increasingly positive expectations. As I write these words, those expectations continue to form and take shape within myself.  I know it because Jesus unveiled the truth of a spiritual law when he said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good…for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

In essence, I am learning that my spirit is the light my spiritual father has endowed me with, which provides confidence enough for my next step. This light is neither sheds unto my feet’s path because of my long repetitious prayers, my spiritual standing within a religious organization, nor because of my devotion to a god-book nor the correctness of my theology.  It does because that’s my father’s gift; his inheritance to me; his child. 

Freedom is my religion!

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Random New Year Thoughts

Humanity’s original blueprint looks like fully alive beings naturally displaying the image and likeness of our creator. Humanity’s original life intentionality’s purpose and focus, laid on the pursuit of utilizing earth’s resources (been made at our disposal) for our total life enjoyment while promoting such joy and resources as common goods for a community-based society. Humanity’s earliest commission was to live to the fullest while maintaining and replenishing earth’s resources as we grew in number. It was about enjoying life as we inherited it and preserving its wholeness for others to enjoy.

Consequently, I believe that restoration, redemption and reconciliation of humanity to that original standard of healthy living should be our goal. Returning to our original conception as divine image bearers of our creator and the original standard of life and purpose that we lost sight of. If we could ever accomplish that, I believe this is the time and the season.

I’ve been thinking of two models that somehow clash against each other in our pursuit of such goal accomplishment: theistic and non-theistic worldview models. One has increasingly yielded a healthier quality of living and continues to grow to encompass all humanity, while the other stands in opposition of humanity’s self-realization and an increased quality of life for all human beings.

Non-Theistic Models
Non-theistic models of living appear to have in common the notion of self-development. That is, the restoration and building of the human self to its maximum potential. In theory, this includes the perception that humanity has been naturally endowed with all the necessary resources to be whole, happy and a productive member within society.

As such, great deal of non-theistic (realized) individuals, have become philanthropists or having deep interest in the health and welfare of others. These can be seen through an increase interest in medical, industrial and social technologies, as well as many philosophical venues of educational development, critical thinking promotion and overall human developments. Although many may follow financial systems that pursuit profits as their co-motivators, there is undeniable empirical evidence that these technologies have increased humanity’s quality of life and health. Among these, there’s also many individuals and institutions having a natural drive to help others achieve their own self-actualization. They believe in humanity’s capacity of self-sustainability and preservation beyond what traditional institutions have offered as hope in the afterlife.

Theistic Models
Theistic models of living, on the other hand, appear to have their focus on the afterlife. Their lives focus on group gathering for praising and worshipping of a deity whom they believe has promised this aforementioned restoration, redemption and reconciliation, only upon death or departure (rapture) from earth. They don’t seem to believe in the restoration and redemption of total humanity to their original blueprint while on earth and they seem very little concerned about the quality of life of those outside their circles, i.e., those who have rejected their definitions of redemption and reconciliation.

On the contrary, they believe in separation, classification, stratification and ultimate destruction of the social strata that stands in contrast to their faith’s standard and views of deity. Their focus lays in their achievement of the afterlife, while adopting their deity’s interpretation that earth and humanity are doomed and beyond repair.

Additional Thoughts
Of course, I would be unfair if I didn’t mention the exceptions I’ve seen on both sides. I have seen the non-theists obsession of possession. I have seen their drive for amassing wealth at the expense of the working class. I am also aware of the selfish mogul whose ambition to gather wealth has left the working class scraping for leftovers, thus furthering poverty.

In contrast, I’ve also seen the well-meaning theists dedicating their lives to mediating for the unsaved. I’ve seen their crusaders in quest to save people from “hell.” They seem genuine. Their zeal for their god drives them to seek for what they believe is their fellow human’s wellbeing, which drives them beyond the common theist who week after week seem pleased to merely warm their pews.

In essence, I was thinking in these two rough models as they present a picture of their deity. I know! By definition non-theists don’t have one. But if we assume that what drives us becomes our god, then, how does non-theists life’s focus compares to the theist’s?

How Do We Personify Our Deities?
At first sight, these heretical thoughts would be totally rejected by a theistic worldview. My take is that the theist worldview sees their deities as puppet-masters whose interest is humanity’s submission to their whims. As portrayed by most religious institutions, their supreme beings demand loyalty and obedience to their commands as they have a higher agenda us pawns can’t fathom to device. Theists rather see human suffering as a necessary evil to weed out the undeserving and show forth the elect.

The non-theistic view of humanity, in my opinion seems to validate more closely the original blueprint. If humankind was and is the crown of creation; if humanity’s enjoyment of earth’s living was and is the main intention of the creator, then the re-building or restoration of that personhood to the centrality of its purpose more closely resembles a purpose worth living for.

To Be or Not To Be?
Am I against religion? Isn’t it obvious? Am I against the religious? Absolutely not! I AM for righteousness and justice. I believe religion fills a void for some people whose intellectual critical reasoning faculties are not been fostered. I think most religious people have been born in their systems of faith and have been indoctrinated to believe their beliefs as of their own choosing and the only valid explanation for life.

Religion, unfortunately, won’t allow freedom of choice and hinders the development of critical reasoning faculties that lead to our inalienable rights of liberty. Their institutions are mainly driven towards giving people predigested knowledge, which they expect us to swallow it hook, line and sinker.

Our religious and democratic educational systems go hand in hand, unfortunately. They stuff our children and parishioners with data, and cringe when people start questioning their “common sense” deductions. When questioning does happen it’s often punished with excommunication or shunning.

Moving On…
Humanity’s ignorance vacuum is slowly been filled. Our society is no longer happy with the status quo. We are increasingly craving for a more organic form of living, a more sustainable life that closely resembles our original blueprint. We crave a new way of living that is neither poisoned by the traditional worldviews of capitalist sustained ignorance nor religious bigotry and dogmatisms that demand their way or the highway.

Unfortunately, by all the looks, it appears that both capitalist and extremist religious institutions are becoming more fundamentalist in their approaches. They are becoming more demanding, intolerant and threatening to the free organic living we are entitled to by birth and backed by our constitutions. These organizations fear that the common folk either can’t manage their rights or are incapable of reasonably exercising their own freedom. They call it anarchy.

Heart Motioned Anarchy
Anarchy, they defend, is chaos. But anarchy, self-sustained heart motioned anarchy, having the 2015-11-06 10.05.04freedom of choice and liberty to exercise the functionality of our own humanity, I propose, is the only way to dethroning the Matrix’s false human existence that’s been pulled before our eyes. Such existence is a managed and controlled form of “zombie-ness” life crafted by the capitalist and religious institutions.

The only solution is heart motioned anarchy: to awaken to our heartfelt inner feelings of our own hearts. Feelings that date to the human era when we were free to think, live and express ourselves without a threat or fear that our liberty was a menace for other human beings. We must awaken to the reality that we are, just as in the beginning, divine human beings, and bearers of the likeness and resemblance of our creator. As such, we are capable of living organic healthy lives, while fostering the self-realization of our fellow humans, without the threat of losing our own. It is the time and the age to awaken to our divinity; our true identities; the place in the depths of our hearts where all the resources for life and godliness have been richly and abundantly supplied.

Freedom is my religion!

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My Resolution For 2016 

2015 was a great year! A year when freedom from religious bondage came to fruition.

2016 is my year of restoration. This year I claim a seven fold return from everything religion stole from me through lies, deceit and control.

Rather than looking into the sky, an institution, a guru or a “sacred” book, I will gaze in awe into my own heart, where the sources of true life, love, and compassion spring from abundantly.

As a divine human being, I lay hold of the divine wisdom that’s been shed within my heart. I Am awaken to my true self created in the image and likeness of the divine, where everything that pertains to life and godliness has been graciously furnished to me since before creation.

So it is!

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It’s All Good; So Very Good!

“And God looked over everything he had made;
It was so good, so very good!”
Genesis 1:31 MSG

When I first started blogging in May of this year, I had no idea where I would land at the end of 2015.  I started with a deep desire to express the divine life I had discovered emanating from within my heart.  At the time I could only expressed it in the words of Paul to the Colossians:  “The mystery that was hidden from generations past has now been unveiled to god’s people…and that mystery is: Christ lives IN you, the hope of glory” (1:26-27).

But those words I found inadequate to convey the practicality of my revelation.  The closest I was able to rationalize them was illustrating a house in which more than one person could make their abode.  Somehow the divine spirit could live within my heart along with my own human spirit, thus providing a deep influence from within my heart.

But deep within I knew this illustration fell short to convey the truth of inseparability portrayed by Paul to the Ephesians when he compared our union with Jesus with the physical union of a man and a woman: one-in-flesh Versus one-in-spirit (Ch. 5).  I started asking myself questions such as: If the original creation showed that my human spirit was an extension of god’s own spirit-life, why then Am I being taught l was spiritually short of god’s glory?  If the law of Genesis is true and everything produces after its own kind, why was I being taught god’s glory and mine were diametrically opposed?  Why is he good and I am bad? I later understood that my religious indoctrination fell short of answering these and other deep questions.

Nevertheless, the truth of this human-divinity challenged my traditional religious worldview.  These questions were posed as something I needed to understand. This led me to dive deep within my spirit.  If this divine life emanating from within is real, I was going to find its origin.  If this life was truly sent forth by the divine nature, likeness and resemblance of my creator; if it was spawned by the father of lights, my spiritual begetter, I had to find a connection.

Consequently, I decided that if the Christian gospel were good news indeed, it somehow would convey this truth.  When I did find a connection, as any good scientist, I knew my hypothesis had to be replicated.  If Jesus’ statement that, though the spirit could not be seen but its effects could, was true, it must be possible, at least in principle, to make an observation that would show this proposition to fall short of being replicated. In other words, somewhere, some how, other people must have had arrived to similar conclusions using the same principles, otherwise my theory/discovery had no validity.

My Hypothesis?
Because the spiritual laws that govern our physical/spiritual worlds say that everything produces after its own kind (Gen. 1:24, 8:22), we have to realize that we’ve been begotten by a spiritual source.  As such, we have to live, move and have our true existence from the paradoxical stance that being human is also being divine.  If we were indeed made after the image and resemblance of the father of lights, then we must be lights as well.  If the essential character of our progenitor is love, then we must be the reflection of that love.  The same goes with all other traits we have ever known as the nature of our spiritual father.

To my surprise, my research produced more evidence than I anticipated, although none of it came from the mainstream Christian religion. I discovered a host of authors speaking of this divine humanity available and accessible to all true seekers.  One of these was Jim Palmer.  His first two books, Divine Nobodies and Wide Open Spaces: Beyond Paint-By-Number Christianity, provided me with appropriate language to verbalize truths already present within my heart.  But Being Jesus in Nashville nailed the coffin shut. Here he introduced his audience to his own discovery (parallel to my own) that being Jesus is not somehow carrying him inside our bodies, hearts or spirits as a guest or transient resident of our humanity, but that Jesus life essence is also the core essence of our very own beings.  This resonated within my heart and clearly replicated my conclusions of a divine humanity.

Although most Christians (my former self included), read this truth conveyed by Jesus, Paul, John and Peter repeatedly throughout New Testament, the religious classical conditioning trained me to focus on my physical humanity with all its flaws and imperfections (as compared with non-existent models of human perfection), rather that my divinity with all my god-like traits and resemblances.

Consequently, religion focused me eyes in a rather diminished version of my true identities created in the image and likeness of my god-father that could only be attained at death or rapture. (Convenience theology I call it).

Therefore, I focused on a limited view of my physical humanity that become a self-fulfilling prophecy. This self-fulfilling prophecy has perennially set the course of people’s lives in pursuit of a cure for a disease we don’t have.  The sin disease the religious world so adamantly diagnose us with, is nothing more than an illusion that originated within the Jewish religion and has now been perpetuated by the Christian. It is a deceptive mindset, narrative and ideology that sends us in a downward spiritual journey to seek for a savior outside ourselves. But this narrative, mindset and ideology, as portrayed by the Christian religion, has shown failure to produce the life Jesus spoke about in oneness with the divine. Or have we erred to the truth of Jesus’ message?

I believe the core message and mission of Jesus was to show us the path back to the original goodness we were created with. Goodness we stopped believing in the moment we didn’t have sound narratives that could explain the mystery of human phenomenon. That’s when the religious mindset gave birth to our sinful narratives. We diagnosed humanity as an evil virus beyond repair, and the only cure had to be found somewhere, but within ourselves.  

Jesus’ message, I propose, was rather a revelation to returning to the Garden-like living in which we are the personification of the divine creator. And that’s exactly what we are if we accept the truth of being like Jesus. Just as Jesus was the epitome of the divine life, we are the quintessence of our spiritual father.

In essence, while religion taught me that my crime was being human, the divine life within shows forth my compatibility with the divine, and further reveales my possessing of the creator’s divine nature, image, and resemblance.

So, Where Have I Landed at the End of 2015?
I face the challenge of overcoming my religious thought and indoctrination. I am being challenged to look within myself every time external sources of trouble, lack or pressure challenge my day-to-day living. This means overcoming the temptation to look to the sky, a human institution, a spiritual guru, or a divinely inspired book, and instead, to look inward, within myself, where I am the epitome, likeness, and resemblance of the divine. That place within my deep sense of being where I know right from wrong, and where my oneness with the divine makes me partaker of the divine wisdom good for everything in life, as well as godliness.

Consequently, living without religion in a world where religion is everything, continues to prove an unmatched challenge. Living without my former Christian faith in a world where faith is the only definition that attempts to explain the unexplainable and give “sense” to the mysterious phenomenon of the human existence, is like being a fish out of the water.

Furthermore, I have landed over the dispute of my divine-self once overtaken by religious mindsets, narratives and ideologies. Those mindsets, narrative and ideologies that once convinced me I was inherently bad, sinful and in need of an external savior, while denying the truth of my likeness and resemblance with my spiritual father; who I AM in my most inner being.

In conclusion, as long as I limit the divine nature to the physical personhood of Jesus and away from the essence of his god-like attributes inherently present in me as well as in every human being, I have not understood Jesus’s core mission and message: We are one with god as Jesus ever was.

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