Are We Starving
Say the word famine to any number of people and they will know exactly what you are referring to as an extreme scarcity of food but if you were to ask someone what it means for there to be a spiritual famine, what might they say?
I bring this up because; it would appear that many people today are suffering from a “spiritual famine” of sorts. While there are thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions of spiritual practices and places that people go to be “spiritually fed,” it most certainly is evident that there is still a void that many are seeking to fill. Look around, turn on the TV, read the news, and you will see masses of spiritual and religious fanatics who use their religious dogma as license to judge, condemn, abuse, kill, destroy, and /or to terrorize. And for the record these religious fanatics exists in various branches of religion not just the Muslim one as so many people are so quick to vilify!
Do a search and you will find headline after headline of examples of “Religious Terrorism.”
“Gambian President Yayah Jammeh threatens to 'slit the throats' of gay people and no white person can do anything about it.”
“Following the theology of “What would ISIS do?” a “Christian” lawyer living in California has proposed that the state start executing all gay people with bullets to the head.”
“Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe has gotten tens of thousands of views on YouTube. In it, Anderson declares that no "queers" or "homos" are allowed in the church, and never will be as long as he's pastor. He goes on to say killing gays is the way to an AIDS-free world by Christmas.”
“ISIS terrorists pose as gay men, lure victims on dates, then kill them: social media”
“Killed for 'being gay': ISIS savages blindfolded man and threw him off tower block - then stoned him to death when he SURVIVED the fall”
Why would anyone use their religion to harm another? I would say, based upon my own experiences and studies, that the reason people choose to express a desire for a person to be killed due to race, class, color, class, sexual orientation, gender, or any xenophobic rationalization is due to the individual, the perpetrator of the “hate”, they themselves do not have a True sense of self. It is precisely that sense of self that assists us in developing and evolving into greater awareness which is in truth really less about developing and more about discovering and revealing what is already inherently there as our Divine selves.
Religion when void of true spirituality, a true spirituality is one of compassion, love, respect, and unity for all is as useless and empty as reading a recipe and expecting to be fed. If people are not being fed spiritually they starve and in that starved state they lash out at the world; it becomes a battle of us versus them – Christians versus Muslims, Heterosexuals versus the entire LGBTQ community, Whites versus Blacks, Men versus Women, Americans versus Immigrants, etc., rather than each of the “opposing” sides sitting at the table to break bread and fellowship as brothers and sisters of one family having realized they are not in opposition afterall.
Because of my own personal history and background with religious persecution and bible based hate, for the sake of conversation I’d like to mention the Bible. You say you read the Bible and that because it says you are to kill, destroy, stone, etc that which is an abomination to the Lord. . . My question is in all honesty what rational reason could you possibly have to legitimize your reasoning and make you choose to or want to kill another person? Now remember, I am speaking from personal experience with this issue and I have been told, because the Bible says… So I say, based upon the words in the Bible which say to stone or kill another person you feel you have that Biblically sanctioned right or duty; especially when you do not religiously follow EVERY passage with that same fervor?! So if you do not follow it, why are you so quick to kill, hurt, harm, ostracize, demonize, anyone else?
Recently Oprah produced a series of shows entitled “Belief” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CaxRCV3syc which delved into various faiths around the world. I noticed how many people attacked her on social media for her non-Christian beliefs, refusal to proclaim the name of Jesus, and for being the anti-Christ . . . I had a response to some of those comments:
Raymont Anderson: If people spent more time focusing on what they believe in and why and less time being concerned with what Oprah believes and why. .. We could end racism, sexism, audism, heterosexism, poverty, and war... in a year. How about folks stop focusing on the splinter you think is in her eye and focus on the beam in your own...?? And remember. . None of us know her heart mind or soul. Heck many of us don't know our own which is why we humans are so quick to judge. .. Remember that commandment by Yeshua about love? ♡