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Bibles Do Not Equal Wisdom

Author: Matthew Webb

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style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Bibles do not equal wisdom.
In other words, all forms of spiritual text no matter how eloquently stated,
cannot actually grant wisdom to the reader, merely through the act of reading.
Words are only the representations of things, but not the things themselves. All
of the most widely followed religious texts from the Vedas, the Koran, the
Bible, the sayings of Buddha and the practices of Lao Tse, are but written
attempts to convey various authors’ conceptions. Each attempts to convey the
same essence, speaking of the underlying Truth through differing means. Each is
a path, and all paths lead ultimately to God/Truth. Yet regardless of how well
each system or person may or may not describe Truth, their essential value to
the reader is only as great as ones’ personal investment in Spiritual Fact. It
is our personal experience, application and intention toward greater wisdom,
that allows us to progress, regardless of what we have read. Therefore it is not
the reading about God nor even the most advanced theological studies, which
provide insight into the Divine.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">As history demonstrates,
religion and scriptural study are more often used as places of refuge from
responsibility, than the actual embodiment of spiritual wisdom. Dogmas and the
artificial divisions they contain, are the very source of wars, ethnic
conflicts, misery and destruction throughout history. The blind insistence upon
religious intolerance, has resulted in most of the horrors of human
civilization, [such as the warfare in the Middle East, the Dark Ages, and the
“conversion”, (destruction) of the Native peoples of the world throughout
history]. Religious orthodoxy continues to be, as it is said, “the opiate of the
masses” as a convenient distraction from the Truth. Such distraction is
convenient because it always places the ultimate responsibility for ones’
actions style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"> outside of the self. Such
doctrines are the very center for darkness and dis-empowerment in our world, and
they have no place for an enlightened humanity.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"> style="mso-spacerun: yes"> It is commonly assumed that regular
church participation means that one is a good person, when in fact all this
implies is that we can keep a schedule. It is thought that the performing of
certain rituals carries the implication that one is a spiritual person, yet the
realist must conclude that this is not so. Many imagine that those who can quote
scripture must surely be devote and holy servants of God, but this is by no
means necessarily so. God is not found in books, church dogmas, nor even in
Bibles. Nor is God found exclusively within stained glass walls, around altars
or within the stitching of the vestments of priests or elders. God is not
contained in rituals or well-crafted sermons. The true benefit of humanity is
not found in inflicting “authority” and ideological control over others, in the
name of the spiritual Masters, Church organizations or of God. To do so is to
disgrace the Intent behind what Christ, Buddha and others, sought to accomplish
in the world. God is found in all
things, not the least of which is the human being, (consciousness) at all places
and times
. We need not seek God out in any supposedly Holy land or paper
sheets. God can be reached in innumerable ways, because God is found in all
philosophies and religions.  Those
who claim God can only be found through their particular prophet, messiah or set
of practices, are suffering from a form of spiritual egotism which does not
befit the true benefit of humanity. 
We need only turn within, and realize that the Divine is already present
there.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"> style="mso-spacerun: yes">  That which is called God is not only in
touch with us at all times, It is a part of us and we are a part of It. We are
as cells in the body of God.  How
then can we not, in all honesty know God, just as we may know ourselves? Must
each person have a priest, Saint or intermediary of some kind, to find the God
within?  No, this cannot be so for
God is in all places, including our own selves. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Love, the universal
organizer of greater things, is not gained through the quoting of scriptural
phrases with the Intention of berating or intimidating others. It is not the
glad result of 8 years in college, nor 80 years of church attendance. Love is a
felt experience. It is a state of being and presence, which automatically
promotes wisdom on a cumulative basis. Love is a cosmic essence that is not only
universally felt, but which is one of the few things which is worthy of
religious focus and devotion. But rarely do we hear of love in the words of the
dogmatists or the fundamentalists. Rarely do we hear of the uniting of the
peoples of the world in good will and mutual enlightenment, by those who promote
their special interests alone. What we most often hear is that anyone who does
not practice or believe in a certain way is a sinner, and unworthy of an equal
measure of the graces of God. This is so because of the egotistically rigid
doctrines held by spiritual theorists and manipulators, and not for the true
spiritual gain of all persons as the Children of the Divine.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">As we spiritually mature, we
realize that it is not the unthinking adherence to special key phrases or
figureheads which makes us Holy. 
True spirituality is the flexible, universal embrace, (and practice) of
Truth.  style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Truth is common to all people, in all
places and times. Clarity, or the clear perception of Truth, cannot rise up in a
person through the following of rules or blind faith. Clarity is primarily had
through self awareness and experiential knowledge.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Having faith in clarity, (or
the clear perception of God) is absurd, because belief, (like scriptural study)
does not imply spiritual perception. style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Perception into God and Truth are a
result of our state of consciousness
. Having clarity about faith on the
other hand, is a revealing process. It causes one to reject ritual, religion and
destructive belief systems, in favor of direct experience. Direct experience
provides direct perception.  No one
need tell us the value of direct experience. We are told by the Bible and many
Christian sects, (as with many other religions) that we must have faith in God.
For what purpose must we have faith in That which is obvious? This would be like
saying we must have faith in gravity, and yet gravity is an unmistakable, moment
to moment reality. Having faith in gravity is not necessary. We need only
observe the fact of it at any moment. Such observation is, (ideally) part of the
objectivity which we must all apply, to become wise beings. Objectivity,
observation and experimentation are those attributes of the active mind, which
bring about experiential knowledge.
Herein lies the essence of wisdom, and therefore, style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">genuine spiritual practice.
 Such knowledge does not require
belief. This is what is known as having clarity, (about a subject, and as a
quality of mind). Thus when we have clarity, the need for, (or desirability of)
faith is made obsolete.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The same may be said of the
direct perception of God and Love. No one need tell the man or woman who is in
Love, that love is good or empowering. No one need tell the man or woman in God,
that God/consciousness exists. No one need insist upon the following of the same
tired fundamentalist rhetoric of control and domination, (which haunts
scriptural study halls) when Divine Presence has already been made obvious
within. Connection with God and Love is a direct and tangible FACT. It exists
inside or outside of a church, and inside or outside the context of any Bible.
This FACT makes the concept of faith in rule-following dogma, (and any
organization or written document which advocates it) unworthy of humanity’s
genuine spiritual focus.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">It may also be concluded
that as individuals we possess the inherent capacity to experience God, to feel
love and to have clarity.  We need
not concern ourselves with the trivial details of scriptural history or
doctrine. At best, doctrine and history are only reference points, for more
enlightened action in the present. They are not substitutes for direct
experience. They are therefore not a suitable subject matter for in-depth
study.  What is more important than
past events or dogmatic rules, are the events of the present moment. style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">What we now create is what determines the
fate of ourselves and our species
. We need not concern ourselves with all
the trivial particulars of who beget whom, and what nation slaughtered other
nations, because they were not “Gods’ chosen people”. All beings are in and of
God, and the Divine is not an ethnically exclusive Patron of wars and other
social mischief. The only thing we need learn from such scriptural references,
is what NOT TO DO, now, in this present day. What is important is that we deepen
our connection with That which is called God, Consciousness and Truth, each and
every day. What is relevant are the decisions we now make, the lifestyle we
choose, and the manner in which we now apply Universal Truth. It is important
that we cultivate love and clarity within, so that we may manifest these
qualities amongst each other, and the world in general. This is why a very large
portion of the Bible, which is dedicated to blind doctrines and bloody
historical references, is not particularly important to the truly spiritual
person. Such material has no direct bearing on God, Love or Clarity, nor their
direct experience. All of these
aspects must be lived not because someone says so, (or said so thousands of
years ago) and not because we would be “sinners’ to do otherwise.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">We must live Love and Truth,
because they are real qualities of existence. They have genuine value regardless
of the insistence upon rule-following by organized religions. The mindless and
heartless following of rules, is not a means to gain Enlightenment or Holiness,
since enlightenment is a verb, not a noun. Instead of wasting time in redundant
scriptural quotation year after year, our energy would be better spent in a
focus style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">upon becoming as a Christ and/or as a
Buddha
. Each and every one of us would do well to consider much more
than the study of religious tenets, but the style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">embodiment of Holiness beyond all
dependency upon blind adherence
. We need no in-depth theoretical discussion
of “good and evil”, “right and wrong”, “God and Satan” as these concepts are
dualistic, overly simplistic and of little wisdom. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> We need no trite ritual or spoken phrase
as though this might grant absolution for our artificial imbalances, in a
materialistic culture. Humanity must embody more than this. The spiritual
practitioner must live out in daily life the nature of Truth and God. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  The intelligent do not let
out-of-context scriptural references or religions, limit this most important
process of human evolution.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">There is a principle of the
mind which states; That which is focused
upon is that which is done
. When we focus upon the religious concepts of
sin, (of the supposedly flawed nature of humanity, which is in itself a flawed
doctrine) without consideration of practical remedy, then the results we obtain
will simply be, THE PROMOTION OF MORE SIN. That which is called sin propagates
itself, simply through the sheer intensity of focus we pour upon assumed flaw,
if nothing else. This is similar to a ‘former” alcoholic counting the hours or
days since his last drink. So long as the drunk counts the days since their last
mistake, they are constantly reaffirming the fact that another mistake is just
around the corner. Such an attitude does not reflect learning behavior. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  It mirrors only the endlessly repeating
cycle of guilt, perverse fascination with wrong action, and then more guilt. On
and on this cycle goes until we break the chains of faulty belief, and an
equally faulty lack of personal responsibility for it. The doctrine of sin
renders real damage to those who believe in it. Fundamentalism stands in the way
of human progress, by promoting the idea that no matter what we do we are
sinners, wrong-doers, weak and fallible beings, who have no chance whatsoever to
take responsibility for ourselves and our state of being. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> It may then be said that the greatest sin
of all is the fundamentalist concept of sin and satan themselves.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">If human beings spent even
half the energy and focus upon embodying love and clarity, as they do promoting
special interest doctrines, (such as religious fallacies) our lives would be
transformed forever. Were we to focus instead upon what it actually means to style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">live in accord with Universal and Divine
Laws
, then the knowledge and ability to do so would be ours. Each individual
in this way, has the potential to become their own priest, healer, teacher,
councilor and savior. Each individual may empower themselves to find their own
absolution and salvation, through TRUTH and a life well lived. This is in fact
what the individual MUST do to be genuinely spiritual. Even the Apostles of
Christ could not successfully absorb his direct teachings while he was still
alive, without learning their own lessons based upon their own experiences. style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">This is the unavoidable nature of the
spiritual path
. Wisdom, like respect, is not merely granted. Both of these
must be earned. This means we have no choice but to take responsibility for
ourselves in personal
self-realization
, before God-realization can be maintained. We cannot become
wise so long as we are bound by the limitations of belief systems, or dogmatic
practices.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">To become truly enlightened
beings, and to convert a confused humanity to a more noble focus, a
transformation of consciousness must take place. This must happen beyond the
confines of human history, culture, nationality, and the religions it has built.
As we meditate upon and cultivate love, it rises up in us in body, mind and
soul, just as a flower naturally grows in fertile soil. As we meditate upon and
cultivate clarity,  the light of
direct perception is shed upon all subjects, including the purpose of life, the
soul of self, and the Intent of God. In this way the vast expanses of Truth
become ours to explore at will. Our spiritual will is only as limited as the age
of human history with which we identify.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Experience and self
responsibility are primary paths to wisdom. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Such qualities are central to actually
style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">BECOMING a Christ or a
Buddha
. It is not enough to merely follow printed words, through
memorized procedures. The words of morality are not the reality of living, just
as rules are not the essence of motivation and wisdom. It is not enough to
simply accept the ideas of a belief system, as an unquestioned guideline for
daily living. In other words, it is not enough to simply “have faith”. Through
simple acceptance we learn nothing, because we have developed nothing, worked
for nothing, and truly experienced nothing. We must discard such obstacles to
true progress, which are encountered in all of the worlds’ religions and
philosophies.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"> style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Humanity still lives in a very primitive
age, where dogma and political power rule the land, in the name of spirituality.
The doctrines of domination, damnation and suppression, must be transcended. We
must go beyond the concepts of original sin, Divine favoritism, blind faith, and
God as a human-like person with human-like, petty emotions. We must go beyond
Satan, (and crafty evil awaiting its chance to cause mayhem) and all other forms
of personified, human confusion and fear, to find that which is common to all
belief systems, philosophies, governments and cultures. This is a process of
consciousness expansion, and self realization. Those who truly seek the depths
of REALITY have need of CONSTANTLY returning themselves to Truth without bias.
They cannot rely upon others to provide Realization, when in fact others cannot
supply illumination. It is our
responsibility to transcend all systems, religions, Bibles, exclusive ethnicity
and culture, to find the universal in all people, in all places, and at all
times.  


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">In reality, God and Nature
become our own lived experience. Only then can we know the real value of the
word “spirituality”.


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