Re: And the atheist movement begins...
Christ never uttered those words. He never said this because to understand his teachings is to understand there is no freedom in fear. And what christ spoke of was freedom. Freedom from the power of the self, of the ego, which is where all sin arises from. If one starts to believe in a god out of fear, there is no freedom in his choice. He is forced by it, from fear. How many folks become religious, being driven by the fear of eternal damnation? That is a helluva fear.
Originally Posted by JohnLocke
Buddha traveled the country almost his entire life, from this holy man to another, and yet did not find truth, enlightenment, until he no longer searched for the answer from other men, but turned inward, inside, to finally discover he had been digging in the wrong place for all those years, expecting other men to enlighten him. And as christ said, the kingdom is within. Yet this is not orthodox christianity. For very human reasons. Christ's teaching did not provide for a heiarchy of men to prosper, to hold high status, to be the authority, as it was not needed, acccording to christ. That he never left a book, was an example that what he spoke of, could not be found on pen and paper. It had to be something living, something in the now, not the past nor the future. He did not want his people to do as the jews and search the scriptures because they thought in those scriptures was eternal life, or it would tell them how to have it. What he spoke of, only each man himself had to be involved, no teacher, no authority, because the truth, and all that was needed to source it had already been given and was in all men. Christ pointed to it, and then left, so his people might find what he had discovered.
"Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay." Aldous Huxley.