Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Worshipping Idols... Gods of the Bible May Be ETs...
Q. With the advent of social mediums like Twitter and Instagram where we are "Followers" of celebrities, are we "worshipping" idols in the same way that the Bible prohibits? And if the Gods of the Bible are actually ETs, is there any harm in doing this?
A. I see a couple things with this... I don't see the Bible as just a book describing events or interpretations of events, but it was a book used to form a set of guidelines for people to live by. For a society to maintain order certain established rules had to exist. I see the Bible (aside from all the stories) as a book of guidelines or encouragement for how to live (even though there is a large influence of religion included). If you take the religion out, it is just outlining certain principles for a society to live according to the people that told, wrote or interpreted the books within the Bible. It was the base foundation and other rules added along the way... (And it was harder to dispute or rebel against the rules if they came from "God").
Religion didn't want people having sex without the intention to procreate because they wanted a larger following. They wanted people married to create a cohesive family unity and have a dual parental influence and support for the children. Coveting someones spouse threatened the family unit, etc... Stealing, murder, all of those things break apart society... The purpose was to lay a foundation for how to live (even though society is much different now and things have been added to the "purpose" over the years).
Then I get that you have to remember when the Bible came about it was for good intention- documentation of events, describing someones interpretation of events, and trying to describe ways to live that was thought to be a wholesome life back then. When it described not to worship idols, I get that it is because you are to worship only yourself [I also get that the bible states something about you are to worship "one God" - but that "God" means the piece of "God / universal light / universal consciousness within yourself and not "God as a separate person". People created the worshiping and that was never expected. I feel like the reading wants to go a different direction so I will try to reign it back in and save that for a different reading]...OK... You are to look to yourself and your connectedness to the universal consciousness for answers, guidance, inner strength, etc... The bible is telling people that when you look outward, covet what others have, you are discounting what you have within yourself- it isn't a healthy way to live. You can like something, be happy for people, enjoy what they have, but when those feelings turn to envy, jealousy, depression and sadness, it doesn't help you.
When you "follow" a celebrity it isn't harmful unless the end result is harming you. If your intent is curiosity, they make you feel good, you like them or they inspire you or make your life feel more enriched, go for it. If it turns to something negative, you may reconsider. The same is true with books, tv (especially reality tv), the internet, etc... It is truly your free will to do as you like, but the "original" intention was good and encouraged you to do things that make you more complete rather than feel empty or longing for something else.
And that is all I have for this reading. Thank you. Narrated reading on YouTube.
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