Religion is a problem. It is usually a set of rituals people keep in order to appease God while living their lives without His presence. Words and mental training are typically used to bind the mind. I realized this while working with my client. She doesn’t talk but she’s taught me a lot. I used to study languages and I thought that it gave me special insight into culture and specific parts of the mind where language is developed. I studied German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian and of course, I speak English. While I did not achieve fluency in every one of those languages I did learn how to confuse my mind and prayer life. I would avoid specific words that sounded or reminded me of things I didn’t want to think of. An example: ça or that in French. In French to say this word is to indicate the other thing or not this thing. In Spanish, “sa” which is pronounced the same, is used to indicate the devil. For this reason I avoided saying “that” in French. French is one of the first languages I learned so it has a special and sort of primal place in my vocabulary. Do you see my problem? Then I started noting that in popular culture, a common way to describe oneself is to use the saying “I like it like that.” I’m thinking of Cardi B’s new single. But what exactly is that and why is it problematic?
Lately, I’ve been getting feelings in my heart. It feels like a burning and it serves to let me know that God is near and I am safe. I am this feeling. It consumes what is me – my heart. God in the Bible is also known as “I am.” God’s people are known as Israel. This word can be deconstructed in two ways, by syllable in meaning or by part in English. Is and real are two parts because we are what is real as God’s people. Also “Is,” “ra” and “el” are the three components that make up the word. You’ll see that the rest of the bible is very similar. Ra means breath and can also mean the word for the ancient Egyptian main diety. God doesn’t forget names so I doubt he was mistaken. The bible says that God acknowledges all who serve Him so it may be likely that the Egyptians knew a little something about God in their naming of their ancient gods. Similarly, the word for God in French is Dieu which is similar to the word Zeus – the main diety in Greek religion. “El” means God or the base of all things. In Spanish the word el means “the” which takes a masculine form or “he.” “Is-Ra-El” means breath is God or God is breath. Breath indicates life, therefore God is the only indicator of life. The Holy Spirit is the “spir” or breath of God. It makes us whole.
Anything without breath is not real or dead. “God is the god of the living,’ as Jesus put it. That is the other “non-living” thing. It is not real. Literally, it is not Israel and is the devil. Jesus says that anyone who believes in Christ will never die. You see that breath is natural. It just flows because it is. God makes it happen. There are a lot of new age religion that believe in the power of now. That is because now is the only moment that inherently has any power. In now is the power of choice. What you did yesterday you can’t change and what you do tomorrow you don’t have the circumstantial power to control. You could be dead tomorrow.
Honestly, all the biblical hype about the future and it’s impending doom doesn’t matter. It’s not like God to make His children worry about something He is in complete control of. It is like the devil to make people afraid of the future and of him and his future. But he’s already dead and suffering. His “life” is full of misery and suffering because of what he chooses to focus on, the past – his former glory. Seriously, if the end of the world comes, what does it matter? So we suffer for a moment then die. Then what? The bible says the dead know nothing – so what is the difference? Why worry? Heaven is now. The kingdom of heaven is within us. Don’t be scared by those petty preachers who preach hellfire and brimstone because they have no idea of what they speak. They are sensationalists trying to get a reaction so that their present glory will be like that of their past. They are like the devil in that they are driven by falsity and by what is not real. They aren’t evil – they just aren’t. They don’t exist in reality.
Don’t be afraid of what people bent on violence can do to your body because Jesus can heal anything and the bible says his disciples will do works greater than that.
Animals don’t speak and they are happy. I think this is because words can bind us to commitments that we can’t keep because we aren’t in control of our future. Anyway, I believe that what is not real influences a lot of religion and this should not be. If you are reading this and breathing, rejoice, because you have breath. Because heaven is within you, you are. You have a choice to live your life free of violence in this present moment. You can still choose life. You can still choose to serve a God who forgives and gives life. You can still choose to use words that forgive and choose life.