> Hi Cleo,
> As with most things...., there is an 'evolution' to religions.
> Firstly, there is the 'Avatar', the founder- usually, a GOOD
> Then comes the 'insitution' of the religion. Initially
> according to the beliefs of the Founder..., but as time goes
> by innovations are introduced by the administrators to
> accomodate their own desires, lusts, perversions, until the
> original message is totally obliterated by these oligarchies.
That is, if the Avatar leaves. If the Avatar itself never goes away, then the only frank conclusion is that these institutions are set up according to the perserverance of the Avatars wishes itself, and not left to the mindless judgements of mere mortals.
> Then..., then come the 'FUNDAMENTALISTS'.
> The Fundamentalists are almost without exception, entities of
> monstrous ego who percieve a niche-market between the
> corrupted religion and its bewildered followers.
I agree. But enlightened people will see right through them. Forgiving people will forgive them. Hateful people will hate them.
> They set up an alternative: "don't follow that shonky church;
> follow me-
> I have been delegated by GOD to deliver you from the sins of
> the flesh;
> [funny how all those Billy's and Jimmy's and Bobby's never
> worry too much about spiritual imperfections ]?
Sounds like a cult, not a church. There is a difference.
> This is much as it goes Cleo; and when these cretinous
> fundamentalist leaders are found guilty of every perversion
> in the book.., the big surprise is that their bewildered
> followers just keep on filling their coffers with hard-earned
> cash because they still desire- above all else- to BELIEVE.
And judgement is Gods, not mans. Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone. Judge not, least ye be judged...shall I continue?
> This is not an indictment of the human race; nor is it an
> indictment of those few extraordinary individuals that from
> time to time emerge to give a direction to the human race.
No, but it is a negative and over embellished fear. The fundies are wrong. The sheep are sad and sorry. Instead of hating both factions, you should be compassionately trying to open both their eyes - or are the sheep really just fundies too?
> It is an indictment of RELIGION. Organised Religions are the
> pariahs that feed on, that bleed genuinely decent peoples
> from every race and belief and separate them form not only
> their fellow human beings..., but from the deities on other
> levels that are working tirelessly to steer our race towards
> our ultimate destiny.., to become fully fledged members of the
> the Great Brotherhood, the 'Fraternity of the Stars'.
Hmmm. Well, ye shall know them by their fruit.