Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Birth of Jesus Part II

Back to the story of Herod, in Matthew chapter two verse eight… “Go, and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also” The surface level of this story is that Herod was not familiar enough with the ancient prophecies to find the child himself, but he knew the wise men, or Magi, could do it. So he uses the ploy of wanting to worship him in order to find him and end the threat to his rulership. The ego within us never wants to relinquish control, and it will use whatever ploy or deception to accomplish its purposes. But there is another story here that closely parallels that. It is also true that the ego will gladly worship anything outside of itself if that will help it maintain its power base. There is always a religion of choice that men can follow. And don’t think atheism isn’t a religion, it has its patron saints, etc. etc, so do political doctrines, like communism and capitalism, all based on the concept that man can do it all, with no help from any God or outside force. The same is true of science. It is just as much a religion as any church could ever be, with its doctrines of uniformitarianism, evolution, that consciousness evolves out of matter. And it has its patron saints, Darwin, Newton, Einstein, etc. It takes an act of congress to get any ideas through to a scientist that do not conform to what they have already, often mistakenly, established. The ego will always worship these things, because they are not only not a threat, but also give the ego a cover for its power base. In worshipping a god outside of ourselves, we give ourselves free reign to the ego to rule over us, and reject the God self or the Christ within.

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