Feb 24, 2016
The Giant Leap
Maybe there is also another important principle for the student here? Maybe it is that we should be skeptical of any teaching that promises huge leaps and gains with little effort on our part?
You are certainly correct here and those who embrace shortcuts are easy to find.
The most popular shortcut out there is the common Christian belief that all you have to do to be saved and inherit eternal life in the heavenly realms is to confess a belief in Jesus. Of course, it cannot be just any ole Jesus, but must conform to their interpretation of who and what Jesus is. The Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, Catholic versions and many more are not acceptable to Evangelical Christians as authentic.
If, however, you confess faith in the right version of Jesus you will take a giant leap after death and dwell with God in bliss forever.
The Catholics put more emphasis on works, but they still allow a similar leap if one confesses to a proper authority before death.
Other Christian religions teach that you must do a few works but still promise a giant leap if you are faithful to their teachings and do good works.
Muslims also promise believers a giant leap but make more demands of the followers than most Christian religions. They have many rituals that must be followed and some extremist groups demand the ultimate sacrifice in fighting the so-called infidels.
Other religions have their shortcuts including those who believe that we have gone through a long series of reincarnations. Many teachers of this belief tell believers that if they accept them as a teachers or masters that they will be shown a shortcut to escaping the wheel of rebirth. An exceedingly large number of folk who believe in reincarnation believe they are on their last life, either because they see themselves as advanced or they have found some guru who has promised them a flying leap over many lifetimes that the rest of us will have to endure.
This giant leap deception not only manifests in religion but in all facets of life. Most of us have met someone who has promised us easy riches if we just invest in their scheme. In this situation it is best to recall the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.”
The problem persists in politics. The United States became the most prosperous nation on the planet because we have followed the Tortoise Principle and its people have taken one step at a time toward economic liberty. Now we are backsliding because of being enticed with promises of an easy path forward. All we have to do is tax the rich, redistribute the wealth and everyone who is not rich will get lots of free stuff with no effort on their part. Even though this process has never worked over time the promise of wealth without effort is enticing and captivates many.
Whether it be easy salvation, a pyramid scheme or wealth by confiscation of other people’s money and the siren is promising an easy path forward – be warned. The real path forward in spiritual evolution will demand all the talents, intelligence and strength the seeker has to successfully complete the journey. If you are not being challenged then you are doing something wrong.
Copyright 2016 by J J Dewey
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