Zeitgeist critique, the Jesus question Part 2
Christianity in this view was largely a political creation of the declining Roman Empire that then metamorphosed into the Holy Roman Empire / Catholic Church, with essentially the same agenda – domination and exploitation of human beings. The pope replaces the Emperor, and the clerics replace the soldiers. It was the age of Intellectuals, and so religion fitted the bill.
No doubt, when dealing with huge institutions the agenda as conceived at the top of the pyramid will not find uniform expression all the way down to the masses at the bottom. This is by way of recognising that many – including from among the priesthood – will have had a genuine devotional love for Jesus and God or the Supreme Consciousness. Hence, there is a dynamic of tension between the imperialist agenda at the top of the pyramid and what happens further down. This, incidentally, is the same today – the top of the pyramid has one agenda – often hidden from the lower levels – hidden because if the lower levels knew the agenda there would be a revolt.
In the spiritual realm this analysis begs the question of dogma and its affect on spiritual realisation. If the basic tenets of a belief system are politically created – that is, contrived and false – and those dogmas are accepted by a person, can there be any scope for spiritual realisation? I would say, yes, but that the spiritual realisation would be limited by the extent to which the individual has internally accepted the dogmas. This is, indeed, a great challenge when one looks at the state of the world’s religions today.
My personal advice to people who align with a religion but who wish to expand their spiritual experience, is to focus on two things. Firstly, Love for the Supreme – cultivate as much love and longing for that Entity as they possibly can, and here there are no limits! Secondly, ask that Supreme Entity to guide their minds to the right path. That’s it. Simple!
While I’m in “dispensing advice” mode, I suggest the Zeitgeist editors drop the “Jesus did not exist” line in their next version! dd