By Dr. John L. Reizer
Editor at NoFakeNews.net
Quite a few of the topics I have written about are sensitive subjects in the minds of most people. As human beings, we have varying degrees of emotional attachment to the individual components that make up the very fabric of our reality. The subject of religion is one such subject, within that fabric, many people feel strongly about.
It has been written by some scholars that there are so many formalized religions throughout the world that it is difficult to count them. Each one of these “belief systems” is accepted by its members as a legitimate explanation about spiritual reality. In more simplistic terminology, it could be written that each religion believes it is correct and that all of the others are wrong.
Most of us have very minimal knowledge about the belief systems we have embraced or accepted to be reality. We have learned most of what we do know about a particular belief system from our parents or because a priest/preacher/rabbi has demanded that we do so.
Once we have accepted certain belief systems and welcomed them into our lives, it is absolutely natural for the concepts to be reinforced by the members of our immediate community. The belief systems eventually become attached to our core beliefs and from that point forward, we tend to aggressively defend such concepts until the very day we leave this planet.
Our emotional attachments to various belief systems are quite strong. We are often more than willing to fight to the death to defend such concepts. (Almost all the wars that have taken place in the world have had something to do with religious beliefs.)
A Double Standard Exists
I have always found it interesting to note the reactions people have when confronted with different types of information. On numerous occasions I have witnessed students, professionals and others routinely demanding a certain level of proof when assessing comments or claims being made. These individuals apparently needed the information they received to be scrutinized for a high degree of accuracy. Obviously, these folks wanted to make sure that the “claims” in question were “the real deal.” Their rationale for having everything validated in such a careful manner was to satisfy personal or professional standards.
The same individuals, in other scenarios, would suddenly and without warning dismiss their high standards when assessing equally important information that impacted their lives. I found this to be especially true when the information in question was attached to a specific belief system. It has always fascinated me to watch this process unfold. An important, ancient event that allegedly took place several thousand years ago was not being scrutinized by the same people using the same set of standards because they chose to accept the ancient information via blind faith. Meanwhile, the present day claim was being assessed by them using a completely different set of standards.
I can guarantee that if I went on top of a mountain and claimed I had heard the words of a divine angel and I then reported my experience to the members of the media, I would most certainly be laughed at and not taken seriously. Another person making the same claim several thousand years earlier, with no one around to witness the miracle, is regularly given a free pass and their story/information is believed to be genuine by most people in society. Why the double standard and why do so many of us believe that miracles only occurred during ancient times?
A few years ago, one of my students asked me if I believed that life existed outside the confines of our Earth. I replied to the student in the affirmative and gave the reasons for my beliefs. The student, who was very religious, explained to me that most of the people that had written about such experiences had allegedly established communications with the supposed extraterrestrials through a medium known as channeling. The student wanted to know why I believed in something that was so ridiculous. I proceeded to answer his question by asking the young man another question that I already knew the answer to. I asked him if he went to church on a regular basis and he replied that he did. I also asked him if he prayed in church and at home. Once again he replied yes. I then asked the student if he thought someone or something was listening to his prayers and if he expected the prayers to be answered. The student paused for a moment and then responded with an affirmative nod. I took that opportunity to explain to the individual that he was sending and receiving channeled information every single time he said a prayer and perceived that he received an answer. I then asked the student if he thought the act of praying was ridiculous. The young man declined to answer me.
It might be too painful for many of us to question certain things that we have embraced in our lives and decided a long time ago were valid or not. This is human nature – the way we are wired! I think it is important that every person makes an effort to assess all information fairly, using the same set of standards regardless of whether the data is current or thousands of years old. By doing so, we will have a much better chance of attaining a truer understanding of where we have come from, where we are, and where we might be headed as a civilization. What do you think?