THINKING FOR ONE'S SELF
DOGMA, SCRIPTURES AND CONCEPT-THERAPY
The Beamer, the Soul, is dedicated to seek the Truth and to do so by using his God-given gift of Reason. This means thinking through ideas for one's self so that one arrives at understanding them, rather than simply mouthing them, as a child would do.
Every word that comes forth from the mouth of man is the word of God, for without God no word can be uttered. But, more than this, the word has the power of creating that which it images when the believer utters the word with concentration, conviction and feeling. So we are well advised to watch and guard the ideas which we hold and speak with great determination and deep conviction. They will manifest by law, and manifesting will heap upon us the consequences of the word. If the word is negative, the consequences will be negative. If positive, the consequences will be positive. This is simply so according to the law of cause and effect, one of the Universal Laws we have come to understand through study and reflection.
Tom Harpur, religion editor for the Toronto Star, writes "Failing to see any contradiction between believing in a living, creating God on the one hand while refusing to believe He has had or made known a single new idea since the last verse of the Bible was written 1,900 years ago, they become blindly enraged when jprogressive theologians open their mouths" (Toronto Sunday Star, July 27, 1986/A7).
A characterisitic of the true believe (according to Eric Hoffer) is that he refuses to use his own mind. Texts are to be taken literally; one is to avoid interpretation.
We are told that no one can fathom the mind of God. But God is Spirit and Spirit has mind only in so far as spirit manifests in and through the human personality, which does have mental abilities.
What about the warning that we are given in the Bible. "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, kGod will add to him the plagues described in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city..."
Take heed when using these words to justify one's position. Publishing in ancient times was quite different from publishing today, especially in the Mid-East. No copywrite laws existed at the time. The first such law was promulgated in 1476 in Venice. In those days, there was no guarantee that a manuscript would pass to others just as it was written by the author. People with enough money would buy a scroll and then assume that it was theirs to do with as they pleased.
To scare the buyers of their texts, the authors would often add words of encouragement and threat in the way of blessings and curses to keep their manuscripts from being changed by anyone who purchased them.
Hammurabi, for instance, who lived about 2100 B.C. ends his ancient codifications of laws with a blessing on anyone who will not deface or alter his law and a curse upon anyone wh9o would attempt to change it in the slightest degree (Harpur). He claimed his laws were given to him as a present from the sun-god, Shamash. He thought that the laws were so important for the good order of society that he appealed to divine sanctions to get the people to accept them.
According to Harpur, "The entire code, blessingand curse, were discovered engraved on an eight-foot high, black stone, at Susa (modern Shush, Iran) in 1902.
The translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek, which is known as the Septuagint Version, was done for Ptolemy Philadephus of Egypt. The 70 scholars who completed the task put a curse on anyone changing their work. One commentator reported at the time that "The whole compay bad them pronounce a curse in accordance with their custom upon anyone who should make any alteration to it, either by adding or omitting anything."
This same formula is put in the mouth of Moses twice in the Book of Deuteronomy: "Everything that I command you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to it or take away from it (Deut. 12:32 and 4:2).