The Bible isn’t about religion. It’s about relationships. It’s not about a God out there, it’s about the incredible power you were born with. Every single person physically manifests according to their belief. You alone determine how you will respond to events in life.
The greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself. In other words, learn how to have healthy relationships with people. Relationships with others start with relationship with Self.
The greatest mistake one can make is to believe that all humans are flawed because it manifests as poor relationship with self and others.
Outwardly, sin defined as moral failing (bad behavior towards others) combined with Jesus that died for your bad behavior (Evangelicalism) always results in more bad behavior because it completely ignores relationships with others starts with relationship with Self.
You can’t love others unless you love yourself. Evangelicalism perpetually short-circuits the energetic connection to one’s heart. This short-circuiting is institutionalized to such a degree and fidelity that it renders those who believe it intellectually blind, incapable of perceiving the root causes of bad behavior.
Changing the definition of sin to ‘believing the wrong things about one’s self’ allows people to figure out what it is that they believe. You can do this by looking at what makes you feel good about yourself, and what makes you feel uncomfortable, bad, embarrassed, or terrible.
The Power of Belief
Beliefs unfailingly, relentlessly, perpetually do one and only one thing: agnostically self-reinforce instantaneously, creating feelings, thoughts, and actions in that order, which themselves create more self-reinforcing feelings, thoughts, and actions, and physically manifest.
Having discovered a rational statement (above) that bypasses the billions of self-reinforcements within and without, I see the wisdom and power of beliefs hidden in plain view.
The way I was treated (terribly) by my family no longer has power over me, meaning that I am no longer in the quantum energetic state of chronic distress, insecurity, and dysfunction inflicted on me by familial and societal belief systems perpetuated by Evangelicalism. I no longer physically manifest that.
Far easier said than done, yes, particularly in light of the number one source of trauma: family. It took me 30 years to realize that I no longer have to justify myself while sublimating my identity to people whose own responses to the same trauma inflicted on us greatly varied to mine.
I have nothing but compassion towards them but can never be around them because my mere presence will trigger their attack mode.
Obey or Else
Religion is all about obedience. Obey what the religious authorities say. Do this, do that, don’t do this, don’t do that. The U.S. legal system is firmly rooted in the Judeo-Christian obedience model. Do as we tell you to, not what we do. Thus, hypocrisy is baked into the obedience model and can’t help but physically manifest time and time again.
The dominant intellectual malignancy of hypocrisy is shoot the messenger, ignore the message because it unmasks the malignancy for what it is and not the marketing that perpetually promotes what it isn’t in order to induce belief. Once something is believed it cannot help but physically manifest because that’s how beliefs, quantum mechanics, and spirituality works.
When you believe the wrong things about yourself, you become blind to the power you were born with, which is to physically manifests whatever you set your heart and mind to feel, think, and act.
When you realize how powerful you are, you have a relationship with your Self that empowers you to help others.
Treating others the way you want to be treated in the very best defense against the intellectual malignancy that most people label as ‘evil’. There are no evil people in this world, only people who believe that there are and act accordingly, manifesting accordingly, and thereby ‘prove’ that there are evil people in the world, and thus induce blindness to their self-fulfilling beliefs. This is agnosticism at work; you can see it repeatedly in the Bible and other religious texts.
The intrapersonal always trumps the inter-relational, it just never feels that way because we are constantly bombarded with paid speech that has a singular objective: the transfer of monetary wealth at the expense of intrapersonal health.
Remember that old adage, that if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything? You cannot help but physically manifest the way that other people make you feel. If you truly want to improve your mental health you simply must stop believing whatever external sources say.
Each and everyone of us are supremely powerful beings. Allowing others to negatively influence the way we feel about our Self costs us our lives. Believing whatever paid speech says about anything creates the inequality that we see.
Talking about your mental issue struggles as if it applies to everyone makes a small, but unsustainable difference. Better to tune out the noise — and it’s all noise — that drowns out that still, small whisper of your spirit.
That’s where all relationships begin. That’s the source of your power and capacity to love others. Love transforms self and others.
The fruits of the relationship with your Self are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Against these there are no restrictions of any kind.