Monday, June 25, 2012

Letter To Pittsylvania County

Approximately 325 years after Jesus died a council of church leaders decided which of the books in their many different Bibles should be declared the official word of “God”. This was done by voting, by men who made their living selling it.

The Bible says that God spoke to Moses, but how do you know? Because the Bible says so. The Koran says that God spoke to Mohammed, do you believe that? No. Why not? Because you don’t. And so, because you do or don’t is all the reason you have, except you say that Mohammed was an impostor. And how do you know Moses was not an imposter? The fact is that everyone who claims to speak for God to you is delusional – or a liar.

The religious marketers who first invented Christian systems, combining business ideas with the love for each other taught by the great reformer Jesus, knew it would sell much better than their existing mythologies. For centuries after his passing they added more and more fiction to his teachings for power and profit, until the business of selling spiritual love was perfected. Then the age of scientific ignorance commenced as Catholicism gained a stranglehold and church and state shared power. It was only the Reformation that ended that darkness, but now Protestants, benefactors of that reform, threaten all independent people again.

When we look at the hundreds of different brands of Christianity, we find there is nothing the priestcrafters all agree on, except they put Jesus above us so they can be above us in his absence. They all believe differently, but they all know best, and the only thing in common is claiming everyone else is wrong.

Some will ask: Is there no word of God for us? Of course there is! The word of God is our conscience within us, which innately tells us to love each other and do unto others as we would have done unto us. This is an idea so powerful it carries its own authority as the truth. But with this one giant pearl, the man-made fables annexed to it, for power and profit, are often given the benefit of the doubt. It's very hard to allow oneself to think when churches brainwash you that questioning them is wicked.

Would a caterpillar tell other caterpillars they did not know the way to become a butterfly? Or course not. They innately know the right things to do, and so do we. Everyone has access to God, which, rather than an individual being, is much better described as the spirit of love and reason. And that spirit communicates with us at the highest level each of us is able to understand.

Religions are the spiritual equivalent of contagious physical illnesses. And putting any religion above the simple love and reason we are born with is the same thing as being terminally ill.

Compared to love, no religion has ever mattered, or ever will, except to people who are spiritually dead!


Background Notes:

Pittsylvania County is being sued for offering Christian prayers at their board meetings, a clear violation of the separation of church and state. Franklin County, the adjoining county where I live, was doing the same thing until I protested (not only the un-Constitutionality of the practice, but also the wisdom). This resulted in Franklin County dropping the practice “pending the outcome of the lawsuit in Pittsylvania County”.

In turn, that resulted in me attending Pittsylvania County meetings to speak against them.

I was forbidden from reading this letter at the Pittsylvania County board meeting last Tuesday. (I had previously been allotted 3 minutes to speak.) They passed a new ordinance (one hour before the board meeting at a hastily assembled get-together) that forbids non-county residents from speaking. This was done solely because of me, as I had spoke at the two previous meetings against their persecution of non-Christians. The embarrassment they felt at being unable to answer even one of my previous questions resulted in them deciding to forbid all outsiders to speak. 

As for me, I know that love and the golden rule is the highest authority, the innate truth that carries its own authority and that we are all born with this knowledge, though some bury it under selfishness. I will never submit my soul to man-made religions, whether Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or any of the other assaults on our natural individuality and independence of thought.