Gods and religious beliefs.
This page, related to religious beliefs, is directed especially at those who are willing to free themselves from their sectarian chains so that, through spiritual liberation, they will be capable of rising to regions which religions will never be able to reach. When people get in possession of the useful and valuable knowledge conveyed by Christian Rationalism, they no longer need to beg for protection and help from their Gods. They learn to trust themselselves and to only seek out help and protection on the vast power of their own will and in the insurmountable power of thought.
The worshipping of gods.
It is understandable that people living in jungles cannot have a concept of spirituality beyond basic religious beliefs, such as the worshipping of fire, lightning, the sun or animals. They lack a basis of reasoning to dissuade them from worshipping such things. The primary idea of god, which is rejected by the more civilised but accepted by primitive men, arises precisely under the conditions described above. In time, under the laws of evolution and reincarnation the souls and the reasoning of primitive people will evolve into higher degrees of spirituality. So under the light of spirituality, mysticism loses its form, its sense, its meaning, giving way to what common sense and logic admit as true, based on the lessons learned thoroughout countless past physical lives.
As soon an individual begins to reason, in its first stage of an incarnation in human form, the incarnate spirit already feels, although in a vague and confusing way, the existence of a Superior Intelligence which he is unable to define. Hence his inclination to worship which is fully justified by the conditions of ignorance in which he lives. Generally speaking, people worship in order to beg favours and protection. From one reincarnation to the next the soul rises to the so-called civilised classes, still entertaining this same feeling but already in a modified version, more refined to suit his social environment but, deep inside, maintaining the same thoughts and the same ideas that originated his religious beliefs and disposition to worship in past lives.
God is a human creation.
Each people, each race created the image of a god to its own likeness. A Chinese, for instance, would never admit of a god with western features, just as a westerner would consider absurd and even ridiculous the idea of a divinity with an Asian face. In all religious beliefs, Gods invariably have the physical and mental characteristics of those who conceived them. This shows that it was man who imagined, conceived, and created gods. He mentally conceived them with human form and with the same qualities and weaknesses that man has. A bodily god seems to be present in all religions.
All ideas of a paternalistic god, which man has embraced until now, will fall apart as unreal and illogical when he, from one reincarnation to the next, in his evolutionary trajectory, comes to know what he is as a spirit, Force, Intelligence and Power. He then will feel certain that he is endowed with the moral attributes to rationally overcome all difficulties, without the help of a protective God. As his spirit evolves, man will become aware that he is a particle of a Universal Intelligent Force, that has nothing to do with the way God is portrayed by most if not all religious beliefs. Knowledge of incorporeal life is the basis of strong conviction. By means of this conviction man acquires enough superiority to free himself from the false conceptions which tie him to the gilded fantasies of mystery, miracles and the supernatural.
As a rule, religions have books which are considered as sacred by their followers. By sacred is meant pure, immaculate, perfect, untouchable. Such books may, however, contain the greatest absurdities, the clearest offences to decency and common sense. Truth may be changed to untruth, fairness to injustice, honour to dishonour. Logic may suffer all kinds of assaults and profanations, but no criticism is admitted.
Universal Force or Great Focus
On the other hand, Christian Rationalism, having in mind no other idea, intention, or interest but to awaken humanity to the reality of life, proposes to give man the knowledge he needs to overcome spiritual ignorance which is damaging and to his evolution. Because Christian Rationalism is a school of spiritualization, not a religion, it has neither gods nor worshippers. As souls free from sectarian slavery, the followers of Christian Rationalism have learned to trust themselves, their spiritual power and their will power to fight and win. Therefore, not only they do not follow any of the many religious beliefs but they are also not worshippers, beggars, or chronic complainers. They all know that stumbling blocks appear at every step of life's way but that it is possible to overcome them with the moral resources at their disposal.
With this in mind, Christian Rationalism, which has nothing to do with any of the large number of religious beliefs in the world, teaches that each spirit is a minute fraction of Universal Intelligence in the process of evolution. It also shows that the Universe is composed of Force and Matter and that a Universal Force, drives and moves all bodies, fills Infinite Space. This Universal Intelligence cannot be connected or compared with the definition of God by most religions. It is not possible to express the infinite grandeur of a Universal Intelligence with the use of the word God as this word is basically associated with worshiping and often depicted as a person. We therefore prefer Universal Force or Great Focus, due to the lack of a better way to describe this immense Intelligent Force that fills the cosmos.
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