I love visiting a site called spiritandword.org for daily inspiration.
Today I found this post:
“Michael Clancy reports in The Arizona Republic that a handful of Roman Catholic bishops are at odds with the Obama administration “over new rules forcing employers to include access to contraceptives and sterilazation procedures in health-insurance coverage.” The bishops claim this is a blow to religious liberty. Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted stated, “We cannot – we will not -comply with this unjust law.” While individual dioceses are excluded from compliance with the ruling, other extended Catholic organizations may be forced to comply. So, the Town Square question:
Does this represent a blow to religious freedom or is the Roman Catholic church trying to force others to abide by its beliefs?”
If no one is being forced to do anything, then there would be no difference whether the option is offered. Free choice is a human right – according to all religions. And, maybe I am uneducated about this religion, however, isn’t it a “sin” for the priest to get married and thereby a “sin” for the priest to have children – wouldn’t that be another form of contraception. I understand that there is a difference, one involves sex and the other doesn’t, but contraception and sterilization procedures do not inhibit sex.
I am not trying to sound facetious, but when religions make decisions to outlaw basic human rights on a collective level, I am of the belief that this aspect of religion is the one and only aspect that turns people away from finding higher awareness within themselves….and sometimes I even think that this is what religions want to do. I know that sounds crazy, but I have my reasons for believing this may be true.
I believe that religious leaders will lose a lot of clout once people figure out that religion is supposed to be a path leading us to spirituality – which is within.
By insisting that everyone within a religion should abide by laws that take away the basic human right of choice, leaders are keeping their constituents on a string. If I dare say, maybe a very expensive string.
By creating laws and rules that must be abided by – that don’t necessarily have any basis according to the original text, the leader (priest, rabbi or whoever is spewing these laws) is keeping their congregation dependent on them for answers.
I know so many Jews that don’t make a move without consulting a Rabbi first – and then they give a donation for the much appreciated guidance.
Even if it is true that we must abide by G-d’s laws if we want eternal salvation, by forcing us to abide by G-d’s laws by taking away the choice, our leaders are not providing us “eternal salvation”….they are forcing us to be in the dark, confused and lost – only hoping that when we die we will be worthy of something called “eternal salvation”.
By choosing the path of G-d (or the Life Force of the Universe) ourselves, due to our own understanding of text that we have been intelligent enough to learn and interpret by questioning it, we then will not only hope for “eternal salvation”, we will know that we are entitled to it. We will then be eternally comforted by this knowledge.
In my last post, “Some Questions are Hard to Answer….” I tackle the definition of free will, but I did not mention one aspect of it that we do have according the definition of choice.
We have only one choice that we have to make in this world….the choice to live according to materialistic and egoic principles – or to evolve to a higher way of thinking by choosing to live according to the principle of One.
The principle of One is the idea that we are all part of the Universe. We are not separate. If we can remember that we would never insult anyone, judge anyone, make anyone upset, be jealous of anyone, want bad for anyone, hate anyone…..or do anything that we would not want done to ourselves.
I know that I don’t want to be told what to do when it comes to my life so I don’t tell people what to do when it comes to theirs.
Religious leaders should probably consider this whenever they don’t live up to the laws and restrictions that they have insisted their congregants accept unconditionally.
After all, we are ALL human and karma is a bitch…….
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