Have you ever been confused? Pretty absurd question, eh? Yes, we all have been confused about a myriad of things from time to time. We are frequently confronted with situations or propositions about which we have inadequate information necessary for making clear-thinking decisions and solutions. One of the biggest points of confusion for me was examination taking in school. It wasn’t too bad in elementary and high school, because, if I was confused about the exact meaning of a question, I could get clarification from my teacher by simply raising my hand. College was different—one could get occasional clarification but not often. Medical school was a definite no—if you didn’t understand the question, which I frequently didn’t, it was just tough luck. I learned quickly that medical school professors were not English professors—questions were often written with ambiguous language which may be interpreted in various ways. It became a guessing game and, of course, I guessed wrong way too often—I knew the material but didn’t understand the question. I often wondered if some of that ambiguity was deliberate to keep medical students humble.
Frequently, we may be confused about another person’s motives in our interpersonal relationships. That is a place where we must be very careful in our assessments. Our perceptions become our reality, but they may not coincide with the reality at hand—relationships may be ruined. My mother used to say, “you gotta be careful about jumping to false conclusions”.
On of the most common exhibitions occurs on the golf course. Like everything in life, there is a proper way or method of approaching a problem, and there are ten million wrong ways. No one has ever perfected the golf swing on a perpetual basis. There is a theoretical perfect swing, but applying it consistently is the challenge. There are days when one hits every shot consistently well and, thereby, feels like he’ll never hit another bad shot. Then there are days when a ‘good golfer’ just cant find his swing and feels like he’ll never hit another good shot—he is severely confused—where did my swing go? A dedicated good golfer will hasten to the practice area, diligently apply his known fundamentals, analyzing each one by one and usually will discover his point of confusion. He will discover that his set-up, swing path, or swing pace has gone awry. He makes the adjustment, makes a few swings and bingo!—confusion eliminated— problem solved. The solution is always temporary—sooner or later a problem returns. That’s what makes golf such a fascinating game—no one has conquered it—I suspect no one can. WE are perpetually eliminating points of confusion in golf.
Today, I spent considerable time researching different religions who claim Jesus as their leader. It continues to be both amusing and shocking to peruse the variances in religious beliefs about one individual and his Father. The obvious confusion in the so-called Christian world is astonishing. When one reviews the different beliefs about one individual, Jesus, it is rather obvious to me that two possible circumstances prevail. Either we do not have a concrete record of what Jesus said and did, or we have interpreted his motive incorrectly, or both. I believe, without doubt, that both pertain.
When one considers the mass confusion in the so-called Christian world, it would seem mandatory to assume that either we have insufficient or inaccurate information about Jesus or both. Where is the justification for the existence of over thirty-three thousand Christian sects alone? How is it possible that so many have taken such differing views of Jesus and God?
The number one answer to that question lies in ignorance—ignorance of who God is. All are operating on a perceived view of God, dreamed up thousands of years ago, which is based on mythology, astrology, superstition, and imagination. So, with that as a starting point, everything that follows falls into the same category. Simply stated, not one of them knows who God is. Therefore, they cannot possibly know or interpret properly what Jesus said, did, and meant.
I am convinced that Jesus knew that the God of the Jews was a man-made, make-believe, God rigged by the Jewish hierarchy for control, power, and money. Their God was sitting on a throne in a mythical heaven up there somewhere—he was vengeful—he must be appeased—the High Priest must make a ‘perfect offering’ of appeasement to him. Also, only the High Priest could provide that offering to be made in your name, and always at a substantial cost to you. Jesus recognized that as a hoax. Not only that, but he knew that God, his and our Father, was in everything or nothing could be. He knew and preached that God was all love—his only command, which has been totally ignored, was ‘love your God and love your neighbor’.
Jesus did not come to die for our sins as has been preached forever. Nowhere in the bible can I find such a verse coming from his mouth. Jesus came to eliminate our confusion. Jesus came and died to ‘liberate’ us from the false belief of a vengeful God. Jesus despised religion. Jesus’ message was love—love of God and love of neighbor. Those who formulated the first official Christian religion, The Holy Roman Catholic Church, at the behest of Emperor Constantine in 325 AD, were not about to give up the power and control of their subjects. So, they formulated a religion patterned exactly after their Jewish heritage religion. Their God was not ‘all loving’—he could be if the notion struck him. Mostly, he was vengeful but he could be merciful.
Jesus knew that an all-perfect God must be all-loving—he could not possibly hate something he had created. The ideas of hate and retribution are man-made ideas stemming from selfishness. Jesus knew that the oppressive Jewish religion fostered an aura of guilt in us all which entailed feelings of fear and suppression. Jesus wanted to liberate us from that irrational oppression by telling us that God loves us in spite of our selfishness which he instilled in us and everything in his universe so we could function. Consider this; if we had no selfishness, we would have no need; if we have no need, we have no change; if we have no change, we exist in a no-time framework—we would be in eternity. That is true for every gravid existence in the universe.
My only understanding of God’s purpose in creating such a universe is to both ‘show and simultaneously be’ perfect love. Jesus was the instrument God used to tell us that. By telling us that truth, Jesus exposed the cunning and divisive purpose of religion-makers—so, they killed him—he knew they would, but his determination propelled him onward.
Jesus recognized that the Spirit of God resided in everything. He also recognized that the only way peace could be achieved was for all mankind to know and accept that principle—the principle which I have labeled ‘spirituality’. With that understanding, a few years ago I issued a call for ‘The Worldwide Communion of Spirituality’—it is our only hope for peace. We must recognize that each of us is impregnated with the common Spirit (love) of God.
I have delineated that philosophy in detail in my books Wilderness Cry-a scientific and philosophical approach to understanding God and the universe, Peace in Spirituality, and Provocative Catholic. In addition, I have published a semi-autobiography, Growing Up In Fancy Farm Kentucky, which will give you a keen insight into the life and upbringing of the author. All are available Amazon and Kindle.