I am not a religious person, but a big question has been working its way around my mind, so in a true ‘Power My Home’ style, I will share this with you.
In the old-testament, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by our a designer, overlord or loving god (choose appropriately) for being sick people at that time. Roll the clock forward a few thousand years, and we as a species are now destroying ‘his/her’ creation, and yet we still haven’t managed to be severe enough to warrant a Sodom and Gomorrah style intervention.
How much destruction of ‘his Eden’ has to occur before we make any ‘creator’ angry again? How many of ‘his’ other species and creations do we have to make extinct in this current massive extinction event to warrant another Sodom and Gomorrah style revenge attack?
This is an important question because a large proportion of the human population believe in these religious writings, yet don’t fear ‘upsetting’ their god, gods or deity.
Religions of all styles instruct that one should live a sure way to achieve access to an afterlife. I think the advice is sound, but the meaning misunderstood.
Have we misunderstood the true afterlife message?
For humans to continue to ‘survive’ on this geological roller-coaster ride through the galactic spiral, we must live by basic principles which encourage our DNA to survive after death. The true ‘afterlife’ is our species living beyond our unselfish lifespan and not personal heavenly fantasies as previously taught (for money I must add).
How many times have you misinterpreted a simple text message on your modern phone, so misunderstanding a fifteen-hundred-year-old book can be forgiven, especially as so many have edited the book to suit their purposes?
We thought the teachings of the Bible were about individualism (how can I survive death) when the message of living to ensure entry into an afterlife was all about DNA survival. Geological time is long and are we not sprinting in a race more adept to a marathon?
This disaster unfolding as our world is now in clear and distinct danger of wiping not only us but a lot of other species out too, through misinterpretation of writings given to us to see the bigger picture.
As the amount of CO2 quietly exceeds the scary 400ppm mark, the masses continue to be distracted by the machinery of commerce. As the oceans turn acidic and the planet’s poles show irrefutable evidence of a quickening and predicted warming process, how can religious institutions stay quiet? Religious organisations should be the sharp edge of the environmental movement.
As the human race now begin the process of burning even dirtier fuels like tar sands, as we deforest even more swathes of virgin habitat. So, I ask how bad does this have to get before people as a collective responsibility, admit we got it wrong and begin the necessary processes needed to respond to the ecological disaster now facing us all.
The decision to enter the afterlife is not an individual goal as most of the religions teach, but a collective human one to prevent our species going the same way as billions of others who have gone before.
To think we can continue on the same path that has brought us to this 400 ppm marker is a fool’s paradise, and without the power and influence of the religious institutions to help steer this titanic civilisation to safety, then the current species loss will become only the small end of the iceberg approach.
As we have since found out, the Sodom and Gomorrah story, based upon natural processes and so we will find out that we mess with the nature at our peril.