New Faith Teachings: Details,Thoughts and Views
If, when I'd met up with faith, I'd judged it by my own personal standards, I’d likely not be writing this today. But to find truth, I believe you have to think outside the box. Especially in the most important things, like what will be the guidance of your life, I believe in looking deeply before I bond myself to something. For me that means knowing that my peers and I may not have all the answers that we think we have, and to leave a space for that. I call it letting go to Something Greater, that is, something greater than my mind. Allowing for the notion that the judgments of our time could actually be somewhat or even very wrong helped me expand my mind to include a much wider scope of possibilities.
Sex, Religion & Restraint
A top thing people want to know about is a religions stand on sex. Most faiths writings come direct from the Prophets, and they discourage or have rules about sexual involvements outside marriage. A lot of people can’t or don’t want to do that and if they don’t flaunt it or make a big thing of it, then that’s pretty much between them and their Higher Power. To my understanding, not many of the actual Prophets have endorsed variations on the old and standard themes. Even the more modern faith of the Baha’i will say little more than that they neither condone nor condemn homosexuality or other major changes in the structure of society and family life that has been in place for ages.
The Prophetic writings throughout time have always called us to be careful in our interactions, exercising restraint in our appetites. This is so especially when we could hurt others as is so true regarding our sexual conduct. For all of us, exactly how we put together these conditions in our lives is between our own hearts and the Higher Powers. Our efforts, when they are of concern and caring, we can believe, are met with love and kindness from the powers of the Universe.
Some interesting notes on homosexuality, transgender, social structure and the like that do not seem to have emerged in the general dialogue include:
1. The idea that you can’t change your sexuality, that its not a choice but is likely tied up in the DNA abounds in modern concepts. Even though scientific research now shows that you Can change your DNA, it never seems to come up in the current of discussions.
2. There are drugs and hormones now found in water supplies like never before. They could be affecting or having impact in some of these matters. Inequality, overblown restrictions around sex roles, dysfunctional situations in intimacy, family and relations of all sorts also can create the sometimes strange configurations we see around relationships. No one really knows what our personal connections and families might look like were all these things to be resolved.
3. Surely there are those who cannot or choose not to change their sexual orientation. If they don’t make a big deal of it or flaunt it, that would be fine in many faiths. There are a number of persons born who cannot be married for one reason or another and must choose to live independently. Those of homosexual persuasion may also fall into that category if they choose to live within the bounds of a faith that does not allow overtly for that deviation. Such people then may find, as many others have, that there are certain consolations and a growth that comes with that renunciation.
4. Its been said, but may bear repeating that there’s a balance in society that comes when couple bonding is restricted to one type, and that balance may be thrown off in certain ways when that condition becomes altered. Opening our culture to great departures from what’s been normal through the ages may set ajar “pandora’s box” of developments to take us by surprise and set off more imbalance.
The standard by which any teaching may be judged is key to its fair, impartial investigation.
The gift of Spirit is that it will always lead us to the better way, the Human or Humane way.
* Baha'i Faith-- The Baha'i Faith is referred to here as a newer faith in that it is only 200 years old and has many new ideals that help to set old wrongs right from the man- made ways of religions past. For example, its Prophet, Baha'u'llah wrote that the laws or holy guidance, rather than being harsh restrictions, are the “choice wine unsealed with the fingers of might and power.”*
Human vs. Immortal Standards?
I have asked myself... What human mind can understand the needs or social mores that may be needed some centuries from now ?
Can we really see the ways of life or laws and
needs of such a future age? If not, then can we claim to judge those laws or their times fairly, whether of a past or future age?
Spiritual Law includes: Updating Spirit's Laws
Prophets appear every 500- 1000 years or so,
renewing Spirit's teachings. Some of what They bring is only for Their time, but some of it is for always, and some may be more useful for a future age.