“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi
There are two main purposes for this aggregation of religious information: 1) for my own quick-reference use (as is the case with my other aggregations, and 2) to radically reduce online research time for any interested people who happen to stumble across this website. By making these kinds of aggregations, I don't have spend nearly as much time searching for information which I might have forgotten to archive in my system of folders, files and bookmarks.
"Religion" is another one of those so-unspecific-as-to-be-useless-for-anything-but-obfuscation-and-manipulation dual-purpose deception-based words such as "God", "law", "government", "money", "secular", etc. The key to understanding these obfuscatory dual-purpose (i.e. good-evil) words is being able to recognize the difference between when they are being used to mean self-ownership and when they are being used to mean feudalistic "government" ownership/control over B by A. In other words, does "religion" mean that you own yourself, your labor, and the produce of your labor? Or does "religion" mean I (or some group of "politicians") get to run your life and you have to do what I say? Does "religion" mean that "God" wants that I should be king (or president, or mullah, or poobah, etc) and that you should do what I say?
A monetary realist named Merrill M.E. Jenkins wrote a book called "'Money' The Greatest Hoax On Earth." Having read the book, I liked that title so much I started thinking about language, the sounds the human mouth is capable of uttering, and the use of other dual-meaning words -- such as "religion", "God", "law", "government", etc. -- designed to confuse ignorant, gullible and naive people, (especially working-class people) so wannabe clever "political class" criminals can steal their labor without the victims realizing what was going on. That's when it occurred to me that the word "money" is not the greatest hoax on Earth. I would argue that words such as "religion", "God", law", and "government" are even greater hoax words than "money", with "God" being arguably the greatest hoax word of all. The words "law" and "religion", of course would be close behind. Let's look at it.
For starters, let's remember that the word "religion" only has meaning to people who speak the English language. To people who don't speak English, the word "religion" is incomprehensible gibberish. When you think of it that way, suddenly the idea that if you don't share my understanding of "religion" you are going to roast in hell forever seems like a very coercive (and rather transparent), fear-mongering manipulation of another person's mind. The question arises: for what purpose/s?
The main cause of all the divisive fraudulent "left v. right", "religious v. secular", "theist v. atheist", "black v. white", "male v. female", "old v. young", "homosexual v. heterosexual" so-called "controversies", as with most problems, is the huge number of lemming-like sheeple (human sheep) who insist on believing in, following, and obeying inherently evil and inevitably corrupting One-Ring (Power Over the Other) "government". That is so because of the opposite ways in which the mechanics of God's laws and man's laws work.
God's voluntary-compliance cause-and-effect laws are love-based, free-will based, individualism-based and protect all individuals (1) equally, (2) separately, and (3) simultaneously, in other words, the so-called “Golden Rule” which has been wisely paraphrased as “don’t do to anyone else that which you wouldn’t want done to you.” Even atheists should be able to live with that concept, which some of them like to call "The Non-Aggression Principle", since the mathematics of the equation are pragmatically the same for atheist and Christian alike, regardless of the nomenclature.
In direct polar contrast, humankind's deception-based, fear-based, coercion-based and monopoly-on-violence-based laws by definition and necessity inevitably pit the "legal" rights of one individual or group against the "legal" rights of another individual or group in the following dialectic perfectly exemplified by the abortion "issue": the child's right to life (thesis) versus the mother's right to privacy (antithesis). Under this paradigm, after spending huge amounts of money on lawyers for going into their courts, fraudulently called "the people's courts", a phony illusion (e.g. Roe v. Wade) of genuine resolution and harmony is arrived at (synthesis). This subtle and complex scam is known as the Hegelian dialectic, a means by which clever individuals create and manage social crises for the purpose of gaining power and money to benefit themselves.
It may come as a surprise to what I would call the "religious" variety of "low information" (LI) "government" lemmings, but "religion/dogma" and "faith/hope" are not remotely the same thing. "Religion" = "world view". "World view" = how you think the cause-and-effect material universe around you actually functions. In my opinion, there are only two obviously logical possibilities: 1) Intelligent design (ID) theory, or 2) Random Conglomeration of Molecules (RCOM) theory.
"Theism" = "world view", and "atheism" = "world view", and "religion" = "world view", therefore, "atheism" = "religion" just as surely as "theism" = "religion/dogma".
A "government" is just a "secular" human pecking order ruled/dominated by "politicians", the dominant members of the "government" pecking order. A "church" or an organized "religion" is just an "ecclesiastical" human pecking order ruled/dominated by "ecclesiastical politicians" known by such words as "clerics" "ministers", "preachers", "priests", "rabbis", "popes", "ayatollahs", "mullahs", etc, etc, who are the dominant members of that particular "church/religion" pecking order. "Secular politicians" and "ecclesiastical politicians" are selected by very much the same processes. That's all there is to it. It's quite a simple concept really, although some people may experience a bit of what is known as "cognitive dissonance" in trying to grasp those realities. Unfortunately, there is generally just as much (if not more) corruption and cronyism in so-called "secular" governments/organizations as there are in so-called "religious/ecclesiastical" governments/organizations.
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