Remove the veil of deception
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I am responding to the column in your paper on Sunday, September 20, written by Dr Glenville Ashby and titled 'Christians' attacks on Chinese spirituality'.
I echo the response of Tina Zhang that the Christians' criticisms of this form of spirituality is "clueless and ill-founded" on their part. Not just Christianity, but religion on a whole, is a form of wilful institutionalised slavery of consciousness, which statistics have shown has captured mainly people who are low income, not well educated, and who seek an external saviour (God) to make their lives better.
For centuries, the Church hid from the people that Earth was not the centre of the universe and that the sun was. Famous Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo was imprisoned by the government at the behest of the powerful Church because he wouldn't recant his 'heretical' findings that Earth was not flat and wasn't the centre of the universe. Now we know the truth, thanks to forward-thinking men and women.
Jamaica, in which I have roots, holds the Church up to be an infallible entity, and if anyone should question God, he is seen to either be delusional, or, at best, impious.
Jesus Christ tried to open the eyes of his followers by telling them God was not external to the self (Luke 17: 20-21), but that message got distorted and suppressed by the same people who crucified him. Why? Because the truth that we all are emanations of the God-self makes for an uncontrollable populous.
When you remove the veil of deception from the conscious mind, you will discover that the energy that connects us to that which you call God lies within our subconscious or higher self. And that is what our entire existence is all about.