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Alternative to Institutionalized Religion

 

 

Alternative to Institutionalized Religion

(The following is excerpted from Dr. Husfelt’s forthcoming book The Greatest Lie Ever Told - a Manifesto for a Religious Revolution and a New Consciousness)

... Pope Benedict XVI… ended his first visit to the United States as leader of the Roman Catholic Church with a reminder to the flock that “obedience” to the authority of the church is the foundation of their religious faith…. Benedict acted chiefly as pastor to American’s 65 million Catholics, laying out in simple terms their obligations to a church that represents what he has called the “one church” established on Earth by God…. In a glancing reference to the sexual abuse of children by priests, he said that praying for the kingdom of God “means not losing heart in the face of adversity, resistance and scandal. It means overcoming every separation between faith and life, and countering false gospels of freedom and happiness.”[i] 

Freedom and happiness—I thought that these were the pillars of humanity, democracy and of a true religion. It seems that the Pope feels otherwise. Over the recent years, there have been quite a few anti-religion books such as God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens, Atheist Manifesto, The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam by Michel Onfray and The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. Each of these books makes a great case against organized religion and focuses on the ‘Big Three’—Christianity, Judaism and Islam and their corruption and dysfunction.

I will also address these fundamental issues within the pages of this book. However, it is important for me to state that this manifesto is strictly in opposition to institutionalized religion. It is not an indictment against or a condemning of the three great originating prophets—Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. But it is an accusation to what sprouted after each had died, which in my estimation is not the truth of each prophet’s message and teachings—with the greatest corruption of message being Christianity.

To date these frauds and misinterpretations have been addressed by the books above as well as by other authors past and present. However, I feel that there are two very important issues missing from these anti-religion books. First, they do not give solid alternatives to Institutionalized Religion or the ‘Big Three.’ And second, they do not offer pure alternatives to the social and economic inequality and ills plaguing humanity and the earth, such as the paradigm of Capitalism.

Social and economic problems are very important issues that must be addressed by any religion that is pure and true. In addition, I believe that the present and the past social and economic ills sprung directly from the dogma and doctrine of Institutionalized Religion.[ii]

A religion that represents all people needs to embody social and economic concerns that focus on equality for all. This religion would need to acknowledge the equality and intrinsic value of all things on this earth. To this end, I have given an alternative to the present religions in Divine Humanity, which is in simple terms connecting humanity’s heart and “mind to an ancient stream of lost spiritual knowledge.”[iii] In addition, I go one step further by offering new social and economic paradigms in the form of Intrinsic Egalitarianism and True Democracy. 

My life and my wife’s life reflect the teachings of Divine Humanity. Our Divine Mission interpenetrates with our human activities. There is no separation. Every action, our every breath is to expand the width and breadth of Divine Humanity’s teachings and philosophy and bring its message to a parched and thirsty humanity.

This is my Manifesto for a new consciousness. One that is not new but one that has been buried beneath a lie—The Greatest Lie Ever Told.



[i] The Seattle Times, Monday, April 21, 2008, p. A6

[ii] “Pluto transited through Capricorn from December 24, 1515 until the end of 1532…. these years saw the dawn of the Protestant Reformation (1517) in Western Europe…. Although the Reformation was essentially a religious movement, it had a massive impact on the human psyche and, consequently, on human activities…. John Calvin praised work and effort as part of his religious doctrine…. It wasn’t too long before a lot of effort was invested in one’s occupation and in the results of this effort—that is, success or failure in business. Success became a sign of God’s grace, and failure a sign of damnation…. In the old order, there was no particular urge to work more than was necessary to maintain the traditional standard of living…. Work did not have the abstract character of producing some commodity that might be profitably sold on the market. What was new in modern society was that people came to be driven not so much by external pressure but by an internal compulsion that made them work as only a very strict master could have forced them to in other societies. Moreover, earnings were not to be enjoyed but had to be reinvested ad infinitum….

 

Therefore, it can be said that this shift enabled a flourishing of capitalism that simply could not have developed had not the greatest part of people’s energy been channeled in the direction of work. This new attitude towards work as an aim in itself may be assumed to be the most important psychological change since the end of the Middle Ages…. The last Capricorn ingress of Pluto took place in early January 1762; Pluto stayed in this sign until the spring of 1777…. In 1765, James Watt invented the steam engine that powered the Industrial Revolution…. The American war for independence kicked off in the spring of 1775 after much bickering about unfair taxation from Great Britain. The arbitrariness of such a situation was inherent in the lunacy of relatively rich people who saw their wealth as a sign of God’s love and therefore also saw themselves as naturally privileged. This, in turn, was challenged by a nascent nation that functioned according to the same lunacy and whose wealth was largely obtained by the exploitation of African slaves. Consequently, with so many humans being victims of genocide and slavery for the sake of wealth, the notion of human freedom became a burning issue, for the human psyche can only cope with so much abuse. ‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities,’ aptly wrote Voltaire at the time…. To sum up, most of humankind responded to the passage of Pluto in Capricorn by expanding and increasing their consumption of natural resources according to their cultural patterns. A new relationship with the divine emerged from 1517 for a growing portion of humanity that equated wealth with divine salvation. The Reformation movement considerably increased and manipulated fundamental existential fears and anxieties and channeled most of the resulting energy in the direction of work—the so-called Protestant work ethic. This initiated an unparalleled period of frantic activity that enabled the birth of capitalism as a doctrine of exploitation of people and natural resources…. A massive increase in military operations ensued, carving huge colonialist empires that yielded an unprecedented accumulation of wealth and power concentrated in a few nations and families…. The coupling of this ruthless exploitation with military power gave rise to the military-industrial complex that currently dominates the world, promoting fierce economic competition, arms races, and wars among nations. Native populations were either eliminated or brutally enslaved…. To this day, entire continents still have not recovered from this.” Pluto’s transit through Capricorn approximately every 230 years always “heralds a long period of deep transformation of the collective.” Excerpted from The Mountain Astrologer, Feb./Mar. 2008. Please note that currently Pluto is transiting Capricorn once again from January 2008 – 2023.

 

[iii] Douglas Lockhart, Jesus The Heretic, p. 344.

 


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