The Biblical God – must we obey to be loved? Ask Deepak Chopra!

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Deepak Chopra addresses the question, Do we have to obey God in order to be loved by God? In a similar vein, why do good people suffer? In many depictions, God is the protector who we both love and fear.* Deepak gets at this question from the Biblical story of Job. In the story, Job is tested for his faith. Through trials and tribulations, he emerges as a seeker. Job is a reminder that human beings have these questions for centuries. Deepak says we must move beyond Job’s predicament in order to approach a deeper truth.

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  1. Reverend Eslam

    🐟 07. GOD (OR NOT):

    There has never been, nor will there ever be, even the SLIGHTEST shred of evidence for the existence of the Godhead, that is, a Supreme Person or Deity.‬ The English word “person” literally means “for sound”, originating from the Latin/Greek “persona/prósōpa”, referring to the masks worn by actors in ancient European theatrical plays, which featured a mouth hole to enable the actors to speak through. Theists, by definition, believe that there is a Supreme Deity which incorporates anthropomorphic characteristics such as corporeal form (even if that form is a “spiritual” body, whatever that may connote), with a face (hence the term “person”) and certain personality traits such as unique preferences and aversions. Simple logic dictates that the Ultimate Reality transcends all concepts, including personality and even impersonality. However, only an excruciatingly minute number of humans have ever grasped this complete realization and understanding.

    There are at least FOUR reasons why many persons are convinced of the existence of a Supreme Personal God:

    1. Because it is natural for any sensible person to believe that humans may not be the pinnacle of existence, and that there must be a higher/ultimate power in existence (an intelligent designer). However, because they cannot conceive of this designer being non-personal, they automatically suspect it must be a man (God) or a woman (The Goddess) with personal attributes. One who is truly awakened and/or enlightened understands that the Universal Self is the creator of all experiences and that he IS that (“tat tvam asi”, in Sanskrit).

    2. Because they have experienced some kind of mystical phenomenon or miracle, which they mistakenly attribute to “God’s grace”, but which can be more logically explained by another means. As explained, all such phenomena are produced by the TRUE Self of all selves.

    3. Because they may have witnessed the deeds or read the words of an individual who seems to be a perfect person – in other words an incarnation of the Divine Principle (“Avatāra”, in Sanskrit). To be sure, such persons do exist, but that does not necessarily prove that the Supreme Truth is PERSONAL. An Avatar is a man who was born fully enlightened, with all noble qualities, but not necessarily perfect in every possible way. For example, very few (if any) of the recognized Avatars in human history taught or practiced veganism.

    4. Because they have been CONDITIONED by their family, society and/or religious organization over many years or decades. Unfortunately, we humans are very gullible. Due to low intelligence and lack of critical analysis, the typical person believes almost anything they read or hear from virtually any source. During a visit to one’s local place of worship on any given weekend, one will notice a congregation of sheepish individuals nodding in agreement with practically every nonsensical, inane word spouted by their deluded so-called “priest”, imam, mullah, rabbi, guru, monk, or preacher. Even the current World Teacher, despite his genius intellect, was once a thoroughly-indoctrinated religious fundamentalist, before he awoke to a definitive understanding of life.

    Having stated the above, the worship of the Personal Deity (“bhakti yoga”, in Sanskrit), is a legitimate spiritual path for the masses. However, the most ACCURATE understanding is monistic or non-dual (“advaita”, in Sanskrit). If one wishes to be even more pedantic, the ultimate understanding is beyond even the concept of nonduality, as the great South Indian sage, Śri Ramana Maharishi, once so rightly proclaimed.

    As an aside, it seems that practically every religious organization, particularly those originating in Bhārata (India), claims to have been founded by an Avatar, but that’s simply wishful thinking on the part of their congregations. Only a great sage or world teacher can POSSIBLY recognize an enlightened being, what to speak of an Incarnation of the Divine. The typical spiritual aspirant, even one who may seem to be a highly-exalted practitioner, has very little idea of what constitutes actual holiness. Frankly speaking, many famous (infamous?) religious leaders were some of the most vile and contemptible characters in human history, particularly in this Epoch of Darkness (“Kali Yuga”, in Sanskrit).

    “God is greater than God”
    “Where there is Isness, there God is. Creation is the giving of isness from God. And that is why God becomes where any creature expresses God.”
    “Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.”
    “There is something in the soul that is so akin to God that it is one with Him… It has nothing in common with anything created.”
    “The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge.”
    “The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”
    Eckhart von Hochheim O.P.
    (“Meister Eckhart”) ,
    German Roman Catholic Priest.

    “God is merely one of man’s concepts, a symbol used for pointing the way, to the Ultimate Reality, which has been mistaken for the Reality itself.
    The map has been mistaken for the actual territory.”
    “Worshipers may derive some sort of satisfaction or peace of mind, through worship of a concept such as God (created by themselves), but it is a futile process, from the viewpoint of experiencing one’s true nature.”
    Ramesh Balsekar,
    Indian Spiritual Teacher.

    1. Joe Brennan.

      Lol.😂. ..What a load of pretentious old crap.

  2. Willie Andrews

    Wow people are really lost keep listening to new age , satan is a deciever , the scriptures tells you want is happpng right now . One day many will know, oh a book more money please i am done.

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