Testaments of GOD contain the sacred stories of the world from different continents. The purpose is to enrich the world and to put an end to stories of exclusivity, chosen people, absolutism and fundamentalism. A secondary but equally important purpose is to increase the number of owners in the sacred text publishing industry. One of the problems of our economy is that only a few people control the means of production. We can change the lives of many people the moment we include more people in the distribution of goods and services.
I have suggested 7 Sacred texts, one from each continent and they include the African Testament of GOD (AFTOG), the Antarctican Testament of GOD (ANTOG), the Asian Testament of GOD (ASTOG), the European Testament of GOD (EUTOG), the Oceanian Testament of GOD (OCETOG), the North American Testament of GOD (NATOG) and the South American Testament of GOD (SATOG). Writers may never use any of these names but they provide a starting point to the testaments of GOD project!
I cannot over emphasize the importance of writing your sacred stories irrespective of your religious beliefs or unbelief. What is at stake is your freedom! The slavery of the mind is the greatest threat to our civilization. We were not created to believe; we were created to know and to shine! We were not created to expect saviors to save us; we were created to experience life in all its forms. We were not created to worship foreign Gods; we were created to enrich the world with our own experiences. We were not created to believe in foreign sacred texts; we were created to share our sacred experiences!
Have you ever thought about who benefits each time you buy a foreign sacred text? Have you considered whose ancestors are elevated each time you read from a foreign sacred text? Have you reflected on who is enriched each time you go on pilgrimage to a foreign land? These are the ideas that have continued to keep you in one place year in year out. They have kept you in one place because you believed in the way things are to be the truth. Nothing could be further from the truth because you live in a changing universe and you can change what people have put in place! This change begins by first writing your sacred story and sharing it with the world.
Give life a push and it will take you to places beyond your dreams! We are all loved without conditions and we are all blessed without requirements. No culture, organization, nation, group of people, Cultural God or religion has an exclusive right on GOD. Humans make it seem so but what humans have done you can also undo. Write your sacred story and upgrade your life; write your sacred story and make your ancestors proud; write your sacred story and enrich your children; write your sacred story and put an end to fundamentalism, exclusivity, and absolutism; write your sacred story and change the world!
Salvation mostly means deliverance from sin but I see salvation as a personal journey of realization! All the major religions begin with a human problem then go on to state why we have the problem and offer a solution to the problem. For Christianity the human problem is sin. We are sinners because of inheritance. We inherited the sins of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating of the fruit of good and evil which God commanded them not to eat. For their disobedience God cursed them. According to Christian understanding all people inherited this curse and the solution is the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and whoever accepts Jesus as his or her personal savior is washed clean from the curse.
Islam came later and taught that the human problem is not sin but pride. Islam understands the sinfulness of Adam and Eve but contends that Allah forgave them and their sin was not carried forward to future generations. In Islamic understanding we are all born innocent with no original sin. However we are proud and fail to submit to the will of Allah. Thus salvation comes to the Moslem through submission to Allah with the help of the Five Pillars of Islam.
In Hinduism the human problem is ignorance. We are caught up in the endless cycle of birth and rebirth or Samsara because of ignorance. We are ignorant of many things and we tend to be attached to things and philosophies because of our ignorance. The solution to the problem of ignorance is the attainment of Moksha. Moksha refers to liberation from the cycle of birth and rebirth. It also means freedom from ignorance and suffering, awakening, self knowledge, self-realization or the experience of cosmic consciousness. Moksha can be attained or realized through different paths including the path of knowledge, the path of action and the path of devotion.
The human problem in Buddhism is suffering and the solution is awakening. We suffer because we hold on to things that are not permanent. Salvation comes to us by following the Noble Eight Fold Path.
We can see that salvation is a human idea because the religions have different definitions and different requirements and in most cases you need to be within that religion in order to benefit from the salvation offered. For instance you cannot benefit from the Christian Salvation if you are a Moslem and you cannot benefit from the Moslem salvation if you are a Christian. Thus instead of going through the religions I see salvation as a personal journey of realization. In other words you are saved if you are at peace with yourself and with your environment! No Gods are needed in this case. However if life is such that you cannot help yourself you could surrender to your favorite God for salvation but you must also know that the salvation provided by the Gods is only tenable in the next world which means that you still need to carry your cross. This is one of the reasons why the Buddha advised his followers to work out their salvation right here on earth.
Now let us check out some of the reasons for salvation. Original sin is a cultural idea that probably developed in the Middle East. Many religions do not have the concept of original sin and if they did it is not carried forward to future generations like in Judaism and Islam. If your problem in this life is “original sin” you are really blessed because you really have no spiritual problem. Your problem stems from your belief in what people or a book told you about your true self. Who is in a better position to know who you are? Thus for the sake of your well being disbelieve “original sin” and take control of your life! To be able to take your life back from religious indoctrination could as well be the greatest salvation you could ever have!
The solutions to ignorance and suffering as taught by Hinduism and Buddhism respectively however could help us to live a better life here on earth and in the next life. Most of our problems stem from ignorance and the suffering on earth could be breathtaking sometimes. Through education and living a spiritual life we may improve our levels of consciousness and attain enlightenment.
However the major human problem from my experience is Self-Abandonment. All of us were born into this earth with nothing apart from our inherent abilities and of course our family backgrounds. There is no doubt that we all came with different abilities but that does not mean that we cannot improve on what we have. Further some of us may also be born into poor families but we can also change our circumstances if we work at it. The thing that has mostly complicated our problems is actually Self-Abandonment. When you rely on any story from another human being without first checking it out you have abandoned yourself. When you believe on anything without checking it out, you have also abandoned yourself and finally when you become a couch potato, an alcoholic, a drug addict, a food addict, or a sex addict you have also abandoned yourself. The solution is to have a vision for your life, I mean something that lets you want to wake up in the morning; eat mostly seeds, fruits, nuts and vegetables; drink enough water and avoid drinking alcohol and sweetened drinks; exercise regularly and avoid smoking; have enough rest as in having enough sleep and most important is to also have a regular spiritual moment when you wake up in the morning and before to retire to sleep at night.
Oceanian Testament Of GOD
Oceania is the smallest continent in the world but it provided home for many people around the world at a time when some of these people were rejected in their countries of origin. Oceania is also home to indigenous people who were instrumental in the settlement and survival of the new arrivals. A Sacred text that unites all Oceanians is a good place to start. Australians and New Zealanders may want their own sacred text because of their unique experiences but I do not advice you to take this route. I encourage you to unite with fellow Oceanians and write your sacred text to make your children proud and to elevate the contributions of your ancestors.
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