There’s a quote that circles the internet regularly that states, “Be the kind of man (woman) who, when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the Devil says, ‘Oh no! He’s (she’s) up!’” A very compelling caption which announces to the world that the goodness of the heart, the kindness of the spirit will banish any evil entities that could be encountered throughout the course of a twenty-four (24) hour timeframe; a declaration that advises that the essence that harbors within the soul will not be corrupted by uncontrollable forces. There’s no denying that the forces of good and evil are real. As children, similar to race relations, we won’t recognize it until it’s brought to our attention. And from that realization, we decide if we will continue to follow the foundation laid by our parents and elders, or choose to venture in a different direction. In the African-American community, religion is paramount; it’s a belief which is worshipped each and every Sunday. Dependent upon the location, people of color will dress up in their finest garb, travel to their church home, tithe, read from scripture, listen to the choir bellow in unison and watch attentively as the pastor delivers his sermon. All unaware of how religion has shaped the fabric of the world at large.
Religion controls the hearts and minds of so many people; and the blood shed worshipping a specific deity is equally heart-wrenching. In the modern era, we focus solely on the wars in the Middle-East (Holy War) between the Arab nations and the country of Israel. June 5th marked the 47th anniversary of Israel’s victory of the Six-Day War against Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Algeria. But the war over the region has lasted for the better part of 3,000 years. And during that period, and throughout the world, those who control the “Holy Land” are considered the “chosen people”. Contributing to a society where instead of spreading “love” as all the great prophets advocated, we fight to outdo one another. My faith is superior to yours. Never taking into the consideration or researching what the other religions have to offer. And with that, just like with politics, we draw our lines in the sand and stand firmly entrenched in our positions. At no time wondering how we arrived at this juncture, just accepting the information given to us as is.
Throughout history, wars have been waged and blood spilled. Countless in number; some taught in World History, others concealed from public knowledge. The Crusades 1095 – 1291; the French Wars of Religion 1562 – 1598; the Thirty Years War from 1618 – 1648; the Nigerian Civil War 1967 – 1970; the Lebanese Civil War 1975 – 1990; the Second Sudanese Civil War 1983 – 2005. Wars had between Protestants and Catholics; Islam and Christianity. As mentioned in the movie the Book of Eli, a story which revolves around the main character Eli (a nomad) in a post-apocalyptic world, who is told by a voice to deliver his copy of a mysterious book (the Bible) to a safe location on the West Coast of the United States, (to paraphrase) he who controls the book, controls the minds of the people. If you remember excerpts of the movie, survivors emerged from hiding after the “supposed” nuclear war blaming religion and the Bible for the devastation which took place, and subsequently all Bibles were collected and burned.
Yet the Bible is the most centralized weapon used to engage in the psychological warfare against the masses. There’s differing opinions as to what took place at the Council of Nicaea. On June 19, 325, Constantine the Great held an audience with 318 bishops of the Roman Empire to determine the direction the fledgling faith of Christianity. In what became known as “The Nicene Creed”, a compromise was proposed that Jesus and God were of the same “substance”. In addition, the bishops decided upon a date for the holiest of Christian celebrations, Easter; the council settled on a moveable day that would never overlap with Passover again – which is the first Sunday after the first full moon or after the vernal equinox. Then, in 1492, Pope Alexander VI commissioned Leonardo Di Vinci to recast Jesus in the image of his son Cesare Borgia with the intent of passing off historical Jesus as European in appearance. During that time, Christians were fighting the Holy Crusades against the people who worshipped Islam. This was done, as Jesus was represented in all paintings, carvings and sculptures as the dark skinned man of Middle Eastern origin. Thus, to blind and confuse the masses, you change the history and imagery thereby making it yours. In 1611, under the rule of King James, a modern translation of the Bible was produced. It was the first edition of the King James Version of the Bible. The purpose of this new translation was to provide a version of the Bible written in the common language of the time. It was to serve as a Bible that everyone could understand. And despite all of his transgressions (his homosexual tendencies, Catholic beliefs, being an alleged murderer, etc.) his version of the Bible is considered by many to be the greatest piece of literature and religious work in the world. The Bible was used to enslave the tribes in Africa, the natives in the Caribbean, Central and North America. And despite the manipulation, misinformation and falsehoods of the pulpit, we contribute to the growth and spread of propaganda that doesn’t truly assist the citizens of the world at large. In the name of religion, goliath structures are built as a center of worship, while no further than a block away, people go homeless and starving for nourishment. The coffers of television evangelists fill with the proceeds of hard working followers, hoping to be blessed and granted favor, only to be disappointed by promises unfulfilled. We are all mere marionettes on the strings led by the puppeteer, as we’re lead in any direction that is suitable to assist the powers that be in their cause. “Organized religion is like organized crime; it preys on peoples’ weakness, generates huge profits for its operators, and is almost impossible to eradicate.” (Anonymous) And with most crime syndicates, to enforce their position, drastic measures are often taken to ensure that control is maintained. Therefore, if lives have to be sacrificed, so be it. “The kingdom of God is within you…” (Luke 17:21) Your understanding of that quote simply means, once you have an understanding of your consciousness and the power you possess as a person once enlightened, you’ll raise your frequency and become the light bearing vessel that you were meant to be. When you think of it, there have been more wars waged in the name of God than any ever conceived by the Devil. “We Are The Change!” I’m gone! (b)
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