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!
Your history is another sad story of man against man. It is sad in the sense that your colonizers did not think of you as fellow humans. Consequently they used you in the mines and worked you to death. Many of your ancestors died from overwork and some who could not stand the inhumanity committed suicide. There were also government sponsored murders and people were sometimes burned alive for no just cause. Now add the deaths that were caused by the diseases brought by the colonizers. Your history to say the least is another story that is difficult to understand but only you could tell it the way it was to the world. I do not think that the little information we get from scholars tells the whole story. Your ancestors knew what really happened and I believe what really happened has been passed down through the generations in your families. Your colonizers may have had an upper hand when they were on the scene but now it is your turn to recall what they did and share it with the world in your sacred story for the memory of your ancestors and the pride of your children.
Heaven & Hell
All the major religions write about heaven and hell but in most cases their teachings differ significantly.
In Islam for example if you believe and do good works you may go to heaven; no one really knows who goes to heaven. If you do not believe you are surely going to hell.
In Christianity only those who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus go to heaven. in other words you need to accept Jesus as your personal savior. If you do not accept Jesus as your personal savior you are going straight to hell.
In Hinduism heaven is not a desirable place because it is also subject to Samsara, the cycle of birth and rebirth. Instead Hindus are more concerned with Moksha, or release from the cycle of Samsara.
The desirable goal in Buddhism like Hinduism is not heaven but Enlightenment. However the story of Amitabha introduces another aspect of Buddhism that is not known to many people. According to the story Amitabha was once a king who renounced his throne and became a monk. After he became a Bodhisattva he vowed to create a Pure Land when he becomes a Buddha to make it easy for people to attain Enlightenment. According to the vow anyone who calls upon his name especially at the moment of death would be reborn in the Pure Land. He eventually became a Buddha and fulfilled his vow. Thus the God Amitabha grants salvation to anyone who calls upon his name at the moment of death. In this way Pure Land Buddhism represents an alternative to self-reliance for the attainment of enlightenment and that is the reliance on the compassion of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
This is a very interesting story of salvation and it opened my eyes to the possibilities in life. With this story who in his or her right mind would want to be admitted into another person’s heaven? I know we are not Buddhas, Saviors, Gods or Bodhisattvas but what stops you from creating your own heaven for your families and friends. Why spend a lifetime preparing to be admitted into another person’s heaven when you could easily create your own heaven? Think about it this way: the Universe has given you everything on this plane without conditions; do you really think IT would place conditions on you when you die? You are not a creature of conditions; you were created to experience this world without conditions!
South American Testament of GOD
South America is the 4th largest continent in the world. As I said above your story of colonization, exploitation and slavery is a very sad one but you can do something about it with your sacred story. My recommendation is for all South Americans to share a single Sacred Text. Write your sacred story for the benefit of your children and the world; or write your sacred story and put the pain of colonization and exploitation behind you forever.
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