Thursday, August 31, 2017

How to Break Free from Religious Bondage

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker




Seeking a bit of spiritual freedom, are you?

There is an Energy, right at your finger tips, just waiting for you to bite. And ready to bite you in return!

The Energy has a set of tricks that look so good. They're meant to lead you out of your old belief systems. You must watch this energy closely. It can be very easy to give into its wiles.

You may not ever be able to return to your old ways of thinking if you capitulate, or even just investigate. Be careful. You just may like what you find.

Ten Reasons to Avoid Progressive Spirituality...If You Want to Remain Bound, That Is.

1. There are no literal devils or demons. You are responsible for your choices. Now, how can you have religion without devils? Well, you just decide to let go of that belief and recognize that there is only One Power and Source, not two or three or more. Nothing is fighting for your soul. Hmmmm... No devils? Don't know if I can live without devils.

2. Everyone is accepted. Male, female, black, brown, yellow, white, gay, straight, old, young, smart, not so smart--everyone! How can you have a good religion with all that diversity? I mean, you have to draw the line somewhere, right? Wasn't America founded on religious divisions?

3. Compassion is the way you live out your spirituality. What does that mean, exactly? Simple. Do the least harm and the most good. That's how you practice Love in the world. (Are they serious? Not everyone is loveable. You have to judge some of them, right?)

4. All religions contain some good. Look for it; it will show itself.  Really? Odd. I mean, one of them has to be Ultimate Truth, right? They can't ALL have merit.

5. The spiritually free thinkers don’t believe in eternal damnation. Well, that's just silly. There are some people who need to be punished forever. And I don't just mean the Hitlers and Saddam Husseins of the world. I also mean anyone who doesn't believe like I do. After all, MY religion is the RIGHT religion. So there! (I hope...)

6. They teach that all life is sacred, that we need to be good stewards and take care of the planet. Yeah, right! The world is going to end soon. Why should I be concerned about ozone layers and global warming and polar bears going extinct? I'm going to heaven. No such nonsense there, by golly!

7. They say that giving and receiving is one principle, that what you put forth returns to you. Perhaps, but it has to be 10% or it won't work. And it has to be to the right church. (Mine, of course.)

8. They believe that we are all interconnected, not only with each other, but with everything in the universe. Poppycock! All you have to do is look at another object to see how separate everything is. The very idea that everything is connected borders on insanity as far as I'm concerned. Right? (Now, what are atoms again?)

9. They teach that you can create your own experience of reality, that miracles are all around you, that you can attract into your life what you really want.  I know that can't be true. Only God gives out the goodies. And you have to be really good and believe the right way in order to get any of those goodies. The Devil always blocks your attempts, too. Your bad luck is his fault. (Sounds interesting, though...)

10. Finally, these progressive paths like New Thought teach that Love is the only Reality. What the heck does that mean? They say it means that nothing is outside or apart from the Creative Source. Nothing is lost. No one goes to hell. That Spirit lives within us, around us, everywhere. Naw. God is separate, distinct, and lives way out there, far away from this sinful, depraved world. Even though he created it to be just as it is. (I think.) And he's often angry with it.*

There you have it. Now, I'm not saying that any of this makes any sense, but I do know that if you want to learn more about this spiritually free energy, this way of life called New Thought, connect with your local Center for Spiritual Living(Religious Science) or your closest Unity Church.

Also, there are a bunch of independent centers and churches as well. Start asking around. You'll find one that suits your interests.

You know, after researching and writing this little treatise, the progressive path doesn't sound so bad. Maybe I'll check out one of the centers this Sunday. I'll keep you posted.

But believe as you will. It's always your call. I just hope you choose to do the most good and the least harm. You can never go wrong with that approach!

*A little secret: I grew up in a traditionally evangelical background. It seems God was always angry for some reason, ready to drop wrath at a moment's notice. It took a while, but I finally found a Source of Life that was a lot less combative. Hope you do, too. Love and blessings.

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