Sunday, March 18, 2012

Condemnation: Breaking the Chains Thereof

"A respected person is one who does his duty, and such a person, even though he may not be a leader, is considered to be glorious. On the other hand one who does not know his duty, or knowing his duty does not execute it is condemned, much like Krishna is condemning Arjuna in this verse. Not knowing one's duty means that a person is responding to the impulses from past sinful activities. Thus every one must clearly understand the duty of the human form of life ' self realization. This is the first important point regarding dharma made in the Bhagavad-gita by Krishna. The conception of what you do must be based on the soul and not the body." 

I'm on a Krishna-related online group and receive messages via email from them every day or so.  Some are helpful, others basically require that I forget the  liberty we now have in  Yeshua, which (by the grace of God) is not gonna happen.  After reading the above commentary on a part of the Bhagavad Gita, I  have this to say:   

The above quote gives some good advice; if I'm understanding it correctly, it advises us to live by the spirit and not the flesh, not letting our body's natural impulses get us into trouble over and over again (in the event that they even were).  Nothing wrong with that.   

However, I object to the condemnatory terms inserted in there.  I believe any religious system that continues to speak  condemnation on the soul today is ignorant of what it was that Yeshua accomplished through his sacrifice on the cross.  If there is indeed only one God, which I believe  to be the case, then anyone who believes in Him (regardless of what name they give Him) cannot ignore offhandedly what He did  through Yeshua and expect to be taken any more seriously than they take Yeshua.  Yes, before Christ,  God may  have handled things differently, but whether that was God Himself actually doing things differently or just people's perception of Him at that particular time in history, His son Yeshua came along and made some major changes.  

According to the new Covenant,  there is now no condemnation for those who are in  Yeshua (Romans 8:1);  in the same way all had died in Adam, now all are made alive in  Yeshua (1 Corinthians 15:22).  Do what you believe to be the right thing --  because even  the most religiously uptight individuals are going to differ on just what the heck that is anyway -- but don't let fear of Divine Condemnation be the  motivating factor, because it is, imo, unfounded.  At this juncture, it's nothing more than a lie perpetrated by the power-hungry to keep people in check.

God is Love.  Here is what Love -- also known as "God" -- is like, according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  Under the weight of the following words, most of what religions use to keep their adherents in bondage could be neutralized:

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails." 
Notice that Love (God) keeps no record of wrongs.  This phrase alone pulls the rug right out from under the "do this or else" attitude behind most religious dogma!  If God's not keeping track of our human failings -- at least not for the purpose of whacking us over our heads with them down the road -- how can such failings land us in a place called "Hell"  or an endless cycle of birth-death-rebirth?  Frankly, I think those two concepts are man-made.  They're just the sorts of petty, punitive things humans would come up with to control people.  An Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent God whose very essence is Love doesn't need such things to bring us to Himself.  A  lesser god might need  'em, if such a god existed,  but not The God.