I know that I have discussed this before, but I think that it is an important issue that needs to be understood. I see a lot of religions before me in this world all with what would seem to be pointed to a different higher power, or their own diety. But when I look at the teachings, as well as the lives of those who live these faiths I see so many similarities. For instance, the Bobo Ashanti were responsable for the so often quoted, "Blessed love my lord." The culture of India, especially within the Hindu culture, they also have a greeting and a bow that is done before eachother with the hands in prayer position. It is symbolic for The Holy God is in you. I am seeing reoccurances of the same manners and values that are being lived out through these lives. It is godliness. So I see people in different religions, being moved by the same spirit. This spirit isn't seeking for religion, its seeking for those who love God.
I also would like to mention some of the contradictions that I see present in the Bible that I keep mentioning.
1. The "law" of God
If we go back to the Old Testament in Leviticus we would learn that God had chosen a man namd Moses to lead his people out of Egypt and to interpret the word of God and write the law. Well among these "God inspired" laws was one that strikes me rather funny, and then later on in the new testament we have a huge contradiction. When a person was to be married in that time of history and in this particualr culture, marriage was to break the veil of a womans vagina and to become one with eachother. When the man took the woman home to his room to be married the sheets of the bed were to be white so that when they had sex the blood would stain the sheets and she was proven pure. But if not, then she and the sheets would be taken down to the city counsel to the very "high" priests, and they would stone her to death. I am not making this up you can read it for yourselves in the torah. Now alone this seems slightly drastic. But in any case it was the law that was given to moses by God. So they are suggesting that this is God's wish that this be done. Well later on in the New Testament where we are learning about this character named Jesus Christ, whom in Christian doctrine, is the same God from the Old Testament now embodied in flesh to die for the sin of mankind. In the story of this Jesus, we have a scenario where he is confronted by an angry mob of men who wish to stone and adultress, or a prostitute. Now I'm paraphrasing but, he replies to them, He of you who is without sin throw the first stone. So my question is what happened to the God that wanted her to be stoned to death? Was moses full of it? Did moses eat a little to many manna before he made these laws? Because if Jesus is to be presented as the God of the Old testament, the same God who said, "Stone the girl", is now coming with a new answer. Are we to believe that the creator of the universe is experiencing trial and error? I don't think so.
There is another story in the Old Test. about a man named Job. He was supposed to be one of Gods most devoted if not the one. Satan comes and makes an appearence before God and makes God a bet that he can lead Job away from God. God shows interest and makes a little bet, or gambles with satan. After there little agreement, satan goes into the world and kills Jobs family and livestock, destroys his fields and everything else all in a manner of moments. Wow! I thought the meek were supposed to inherit the earth, not be a victim of wrath. What else is interesting about this little story is when we meet this supposed same god in jesus. One of the more famous stories of the bible is the one of Jesus in the dessert being tempted by Satan. Satan tells jesus to turn stones into bread, jesus refuses. Satan says to jesus that he should throw himself off the cliff because tje angels will catch him, jesus disagrees. Yet this same god is willing o let satan kill all of jobs family and livestock..... but wouldn't turn a rock into bread? what the hell?
Some things just aren;t adding up.
Ras Zion I