The idea of the Perennial Philosophy of Aldous Huxley leads one to the idea that God is too big for any one religion. How is it that sometimes people outgrow their religion of childhood? James Fowler, among others, has mapped out a model of spiritual development. Osho says that a person cannot enter into a spiritual life until he/she rebels against childish religious beliefs. Notes On A Spiritual Life intends to explore deeper understandings of an authentic spiritual life.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Love or fear, bliss or money: we can not serve two masters.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:24: "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
Joseph Campbell says you can choose to follow your bliss or money.
I ask young people, "If you could have a job that paid $50,000 a year that you hated or $30,000 a year that you loved, which would you choose. 80% say the $50,000 a year job. How easily Mammon seduces us into prostituting ourselves selling our souls for lucre."
God would have us chose bliss because God loves us and wishes us to be happy, but we, we are easily corrupted by the ways of the world.
This month, February, 2016, as we consider decision making on Notes On The Spiritual Life we become aware of how difficult and complicated we make our lives on the ego plane with all kinds of insane drama. The spiritual life is really very simple. Our choice is love or fear, bliss or money, the way of God or the way of Mammon. We are asked many times a day to choose in many small ways and big ways, and our responses have become so conditioned and habitual that they are often unconscious until somebody or something makes us aware of what we are deciding and choosing. These choices occur at a personal level, a family level, a community level, a state level, a national level, and an international level. Mother Teresa said one time that the United States is one of the poorest nations on earth not because we don't have money and riches, but because we have so little love for one another. A Course In Miracles says, "Remember that those who attack are poor," meaning poor in spirit.
We may feel very impotent but we always have the power to choose and make our own decision about which master we will serve, but, as is pointed out, we can't serve two masters and the devil knows how hard we try.
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