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Who Am I to Call for a Revolution?

Revolution: "activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation… a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something: a change of paradigm"

   

The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution. John Adams 1735-1826, Second President of the USA 



 

My life journey has been one of seeking and experiencing the mysteries of heaven and earth. Organized religions’ dogma has not been part of my journey nor has any book that claims to be the word of God been a guide for my journey. I do not believe in Western Religions’ dogma and doctrine. But I have experienced some of the mysteries of heaven and earth and know a few of them intimately. I do not believe in angels: I know angels.

My religious experiences have been firsthand. This is a term coined by William James in his classic book The Varieties of Religious Experience that refers to ‘religious geniuses’ direct experience of the realities of the unseen world.[i] This is in direct opposition to secondhand religion that people acquire through tradition.

I would ask you to use common sense in considering the following statement of fact. How ‘right on’ can a person be in writing about religious practices and truths concerning sanctification without ever having ‘walked’ the teachings and practices that they are writing or preaching about? I realize that Christianity is based solely on ‘faith.’ However, there remains one most important truth. Yeshua (Jesus) practiced and believed in sanctification practices and teachings, not ones of salvation based on ‘faith.’ Following in the foot-steps of Moses, Jesus didn’t believe in God, he knew God just as Moses knew God.

It is also important to point out that Jesus was a teacher of nature and the knowing that comes from the experiences of life. “Jesus was not a ‘Torah sage.’ His teachings ordinarily did not take the form of elaborating or commenting upon the Torah, even though he obviously knew it and sometimes referred to it. Rather than appealing to sacred text or citing opinions of earlier teachers, he most often appealed to the world of human experience or made observations about nature…. Like the sages of the Old Testament, Jesus often pointed to nature as a source of insight.”[ii]

Ironically enough, experience has always carried more weight and been the proven philosophy of the ancients as well as the underpinnings of the wisdom literature of the Bible: “… the ancient understanding of what is real was based on experience. Both Plato and Aristotle repeatedly appeal to experience to express their philosophical arguments and conclusions. This is also a constant of the collections of proverbs and poetic couplets that we find in the wisdom literature of the Bible, such as the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes or Job. Principle is the product of observation and experience. So we read in Proverbs 17:1: ‘Far better is a dry crust eaten in peace than a great feast in conflict.’... Biblical authors delight in drawing ironic conclusions about the quality of our ignorance on the basis of the limitations of our experience. So Solomon reflects on the surprising contrast that observation can bring to the expected: ‘One man gives freely, yet grows the richer for it; another keeps what he should give, and still does not have enough.’ (Proverbs 11:24). The awareness of human ignorance is almost always drawn in analogies from experience.”[iii]

If we turn to common sense, it tells us that faith as the foundation of our religious belief means that we can only ‘believe’ what is told to us as truth but never really ‘know’ or have the freedom to discover our own truth. Here is a simple example: When we were told as children that the stove top was hot when it was turned on for cooking and not to touch it or we would be burned and hurt, we believed, possibly, what was told to us; but still, we did not truly know the truth, until we accidentally, or to ‘see for ourselves,’ touched the hot stove.

Experience is the teacher of life; Not faith. Though Christianity’s religion is based solely on blind-faith, the supposed founder believed in experience and nature’s way, just like I do.

 



[i] William James “finds the origin of belief in an ‘unseen’ world in the experience of ‘religious geniuses’ who experience firsthand the realities of which religion speaks, and carefully distinguishes this primal experience from what he calls ‘secondhand’ religion, the beliefs that people acquire through tradition….”

[ii] Ibid, p. 98

[iii] Thomas L. Thompson, Mythic Past, pp. 15 – 16