Wednesday, January 21, 2015

God's Commandments and Law Breakers

My views on what God absolutely demands from man and mankind have changed over time and I do not pretend to know God's will.  IN part I refer to the specific religion God favors and holds out above all others, if any he does, reside with him.  

God compiled and issued behavioral commandments for mankind and every man.  Various religions articulate commandments in their scriptures. God directed us to contact him for supplemental and direct guidance on how best to gain access to the blessings contained in each commandment.  Specific blessings are predicated on obedience to specific commandments. Blessings associated with commandments vary - and may vary more depending upon the needs and behaviors of the person obeying the commandments. These blessings are vital for each person - as none of us are identical - and each person's peculiar needs predicate which blessing benefit them most.  Godly obedience requires following all commandments.  Grace cannot be obtained unless the commandments are obeyed is a uniform religious edict - irrespective of the specific religion.

If we examine the Big Ten Commandments given to Moses, they are not unique.  Religions other than Christianity also hold those same or very similar behaviors as mandatory requirements - some view them essential for salvation too. What God requires for salvation is contingent upon where you seek an answer to that question - Bible, Koran, Talmud, Septuagint, etc...  each source's requirements vary, although several commonalities exist. The homogenous aspects of Godly commandments aligns with the commonalities of mankind.  The innate and essential nature of man appears infused with a instinctual morality.  Most people witness behaviors and establish an age when a child is capable of learning right and wrong from instruction.  Curiously most children respond to commandment specific behaviors before they are able, or were taught right and wrong.  A child knows when they cross the line of approved behaviors as though instincts drive that recognition

Mankind's morality and corresponding behaviors correlate with 7 of the Big Ten commandments.  The Big 3 portion of the Ten Commandments - the first three - exclusively define worship and communication with God.  These demand and define how we are to revere and communicate with God. I believe God is an emotional being.  I additionally believe God is occasionally a lonesome deity.  God wants, and perhaps requires, interaction with his offspring/children; for the purpose of better assuring they obtain salvation; and potentially, to advance his own position in the afterlife.  We are created in God's image - if the definition of IMAGE applied in that statement extends to emotions, God loves and desires to interact with is children - like most all parents.

In my opinion, a man may achieve much grace with God by adhering to the Big Ten - irrespective of his religion preferences.  God is a loving father and he wants his children to advance into the afterlife on the best footing possible.  God's anger displayed and recorded in the Bible invariably arises from mankind refusing to obey the commandments issued. Bad behaviors reduce the numbers and likelihood of men and mankind achieving grace.   Mankind, collectively are also potentially united in God's view or by physical restrictions - to enhance or degrade - the organism of man's obtaining grace.  

The individual can only go so far and is limited by the scope of his influence.  Mankind, collectively, hold a much greater sphere of influence and power in numbers. The human soul's essential structure and the physical material that comprises the soul, must be specifically developed, and contain properties that arise from following the commandments, in order for man's soul to endure the optimal after-life environment/condition.  Mankind are analogously structured.  Obeying commandments is the process through which man and mankind show submission, recognize authority, and improve themselves.  Gd has not and will not issue commandments that jeopardize his children's eternal opportunities.  The source of commandments is extremely important - to know the will of God and to properly worship God - not following another God, or an entity pretending to be God.  God's anger is quickly generated by worshiping another deity. Typically, God's commandments generate peaceful and pleasant societies.  When men claim God's authority and behave in ways that defy traditional Godly commandments, that must move a person to examine the behaviors to validate authenticity - so far as possible.

The behaviors of Muslims, claiming God commands them to murder and decapitate non-Muslims, Muslims, or any person they judge unfit or not unified with Godly commandments (as the murders claim the Koran commands) is bizarre in my view.  I'm not a student of the Koran, but do know the Prophet Mohammad is ubiquitously referenced.  Mohammad seems elevated to a level near God.  This conflicts with my beliefs and background.  A prophet is not God.  A prophet is occasionally chosen to relate God's intentions to mankind. Great risk is present when a man claims God's authority and each revelation must be verified.   A prophet's opinion and words are not always God's direct revelation, nor do they necessarily represent God's wishes.  Sadly, man's physical condition is imperfect.  A man may misinterpret God.  

Many Biblical prophets have run afoul of God's wishes. Some, but not all  suffered punishments.  Precisely because not all received punishments, that provides opportunity for man to misinterpret God's wishes and the prophet's authority.  Examples include Moses' declaration about his powers and efforts for the Israelites.  Moses was banished from the promised land.  Another includes David, who ordered the murder of his associate Uriah, so David could have access with Uriah's wife - whom David coveted.  David did not lose his kingdom, nor his authority with God.  God's reasoning for David's outcome remains unknown - purposely.  Much of what is written about God provides unclear and inexact direction, or reference for our own behaviors.  Interpretation is crucial and vital.  Knowing God's wants is impossible.  Gathering a generic and wholesale interpretation is all that is available in many instances.  Knowing what behaviors are optimal, and which ones are critical - for each person - due to their unique composition and predisposition - is difficult and much prayer is required to learn what God desire from us, individually.  

The practice of murder, in the name of God, if committed in a vacuum - where no accrual of property, political power, or material wealth occurred, "MIGHT" provide weight to the argument God sanctions the murder.  These would be rare, hyper-conditional, and must come with definitive reference and authority to diminish the reflexive determination - the murder of innocence is never sanctioned by God.  

The reality present in these recent and past murderous actions are not free from worldly gain.  The accrual wealth, influence, authority, and power have always been factors whenever murder in the name of God occurred.  In the same vacuum, it appears these actions are adopted exclusively to propagate terror and gain political advantages using Islam as justification.  

The intent of inflicting acts of terror have a specific functionality.  The habit of using the social media to graphically display that act of murder and concealing the identity of the murderer, additionally frames those actions in a manner that discredits the reasoning advanced for the murder and the undermines the credibility through inference - that God sanctions the murder.  

A man acting in God's name fears nothing and trusts God to preserve him.  Broadcasting gratuitous, gruesome acts, alleging God sanctions the actions, is disreputable at a minimum, and more indicative of a personal vendetta, with an unGodly objective to amass property, material wealth, and gain a political edge.  Murder to get gain is an ancient practice and coalition administered by Satan and Cain.  Cain was the first co-conspirator.

The practitioners of Islam, must also trust their safety to God.  Not speaking out, cowering in fear, permitting terrorists to capture the reputation of Islam and violate that reputation, indicates an allegiance with the murderous acts, or it works to denigrate the beliefs asserted- Islam.  Neither improves my opinion, nor the opinions of a majority of non-Muslims regarding Islam.  If Islam is truly a religion that seeks grace with God, it will advance those principles softly with encouragement and evidence.  Theoretically, a Muslim would attack anyone that jeopardizes the reputation of Islam because that directly impugns God and permits people practicing another faith to legitimately repudiate Islam and its God.  



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