Fatal Misconceptions in World Religions
Please read the “hypocrisy” section first, to understand what is at stake here.
First, the brief version…
In order to become fully self-aware, “sapient” creatures, we humans must learn the basics of how to perform reasoning without getting into trouble. This requires that we not cling mindlessly to certain types of beliefs which interfere with growth and thought and sanity. For religious leaders who seek power, or cling to power, it is all too easy to weaken and control their followers by encouraging such fatal misconceptions. Not all people in these religions are stuck with these fatal misconceptions, but many are. This is a very serious problem for them and for humanity as a whole. The ecumenical movement for the spiritual unity of world religions can never succeed unless these misconceptions are firmly overcome.
Within the Christian world, the two most fatal misconceptions are:
Within the Moslem world, the two most fatal misconceptions are:
Within Judaism (and many other religions) the doctrine of a “
Each of these misconceptions has a long history, some of which I have discussed elsewhere.
Maybe I will say more in the future.
For all of his weird tendencies, the Russian mystic Gurdjieff had a clear understanding of what is at stake here. If one tries to build on a faulty foundation, he said, one simply cannot build something which really survives. The spirit of truth, and the conscious pursuit of rationality and sapience, are essential ingredients of a foundation which is capable of survival beyond the level of intelligence and consciousness that we see in the mouse. The big misconceptions above are grossly inconsistent with the spirit of truth.