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Religion as Irrelevant

Religion as Irrelevant

The way of peace doesn’t claim that God must be a pacifist. The gulf between pacifist and warmonger belongs in our psychology, not in the nature of God. Divine schizophrenia can be overcome by seeing certain spiritual truths and holding on to them.

God isn’t a person. We cannot read his mind. The essence of God is consciousness. Consciousness can be used for either violence or peace; the choice is ours.

When it is expanded, human consciousness chooses non-violence since that is compatible with love.

If these principles are valid, then God doesn’t have to jump into the middle of human affairs. He stands for the pure essence of life and love. For me to solve my personal anguish over war, I must transform my consciousness until violence is no longer an option. By now this is a familiar argument. Millions of people understand it. Why should religion hold back?

It shouldn’t. It doesn’t have to. If any religion would make the same choice to join the way of peace that individuals are making every day, faith would be a living force once again. What kind of changes does this entail? You already know them as they apply to you, but let’s be explicit.

Religion must place the responsibility for violence squarely where it belongs, in the mind of every person. It must stop judging others outside the faith as sinners condemned by God. It must stop defending war in any way. It must stop claiming to be the one and only path to God. It must give up its arrogance and claim to authority. It must renounce its covert greed and desire for power. It must discover how to return love to its true place of primacy.

These changes may not occur in our lifetime, but we cannot pretend that they are merely optional.

Adapted from: Peace Is the Way, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2005).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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1:38PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

True. One should not be dictated by religion alone if it means going against common sense and morality.

10:53PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

All religions are man-made...the key word is "man" made. Thus the violence, hatred and mysoginous acts for thousands of years. Take care of your own spirituality and follow your own heart, think of the right from the wrong. Then the proper ideals of religion may follow. One does not have to throw out the baby with the proverbial bathwater.

9:58PM PDT on May 31, 2012

The only way to make this work would be to throw out the Old and New Testaments, all other "holy" books that advocate violence for any reason, and start over.

8:33AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Unfortunately, religions are a potpourri of man made doctrines (False teachings) Ideologies made by man to keep people in either fear to obedience and to mislead people with false hopes of things that are NOT scriptural. then throw in the passing of the plate for a new parking lot when the one they have is more than half empty as it stands. What people really want when attending churches all across this nation, is they are staring for the truth and the only truth is the Biblical word of the one true God, our creator! He wrote the blueprint for life in these flesh bodies and to follow them is to be truly set free of the bondage of man!

8:08AM PDT on May 30, 2012

interesting...

7:04AM PDT on May 30, 2012

interesting

2:48AM PDT on May 30, 2012

you just said that religion must stop claiming to be the one and only path to God but every body must choose your way because its the rightful way

10:39AM PDT on May 27, 2012

Thanks!

2:33PM PDT on May 26, 2012

"Religion must place responsibility ... squarely where it belongs, in the mind of every person."
God is what each of us makes of Him (or Her).

That sums it up beautifully.

9:25PM PDT on May 24, 2012

It would be good to see this in our lifetime. I agree..thanks

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