What philosophies, theologies, or ideologies allow us to remain unlearned, unashamed, unreformed, or unevolved? What philosophies, theologies, or ideologies punish wrongdoers who become learned, ashamed, reformed, or evolved? Where's the logic?
A creator of theologies that sends repentant wrongdoers to eternal damnation or returns them into lesser form must have little if any trust in or respect for humanity: 'What a waste of time to have created such losers! Rid them from my sight immediately! . . . (I hate facing my mistakes.)'
A more flexible and tolerant creator might feel, 'Things haven't gone so well with the first batch. Perhaps, writing new instructions for living might help them.' That said, isn't the whole notion of a creator that 'he' is perfect and doesn't make mistakes? Wasn't it human beings who wrote different versions of the Old Testament to change its tone once society evolved? The newer versions are the New Testament, King James, Living Bible, New International Version (NIV), and New American Standard (NAS).
Also, ideologies allowing us to skirt responsibility for bad actions, but charging another to shoulder the burden doesn't permit developing better character either. Why should we change if someone else will take the blame? Who wouldn't embrace this, especially if facing fiery furnaces for eternity? Getting a 'Pass Go' ticket and collecting two hundred dollars is surely preferable.
Philosophies, theologies, or ideologies do not make up themselves. People make them up. What kinds of people made religions? Is it possible that long before psychiatry understood the depth of human nature that some sociopaths embraced extreme religious doctrines to sanction hurting others? Perhaps, they just wanted to control the wealth, so therefore, found means to control citizens. Greed isn't new.
The Brazilian 'Machismo Law' is one recent example that punished women who wanted to better their lives by going to school or who spoke up for themselves. It allowed husbands to throw themselves on the mercy of their courts if they injured or killed their wives on the pretext of being dishonored. In recent years, Spain has tied to strike a blow at machismo by mandating that men do housework and watch the children. Other countries still stone women to death for being rape victims? In hot arid countries, covering women from head to toe in sweltering robes with the excuse that it prevents male temptation is still their practice. Those beliefs allow men to remain uncivilized, not having to rise to their better natures, thus, vibrations.
For the most part, the world has evolved into countries that have people in governments who no longer treat citizens as in the days of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Governments no longer condemn citizens to prison for stealing a loaf of bread. Though some backward countries might still cut off a hand for a loaf of bread, strangely seeing it as equal. Who in his or her right mind would want to return to such existence, where poverty was a crime and debtor prisons overflowed?
Check the Internet. Some people want to return to the original violent and meanspirited version of the Bible. They resent allowing the original hate and vengeance-filled document to evolve, but prefer returning to the past rather than living in the present. They seem like the character, Javert right out of Victor Hugo's novel. These individuals must really believe the original document came from an arrogant and vindictive god whose word should stay that way.
The gendarme Javert's zeal to punish Jean Valjean for stealing a loaf of bread and breaking parole was all consuming. Valjean became bitter at the extreme sentencing after unsuccessful escape attempts added a total of nineteen years to the original five years at hard labor. His resentment intensified after rejection and scorn immediately upon his release. An act of mercy by a humble bishop drastically altered Valjean's path.
When we are fully repentant, don't our sins become unburdened? After Jean Valjean's meaningful encounter, he so regretted the man that prison made him, he vowed to become the polar opposite. Through many struggles, he changed his name and rose to become a successful businessman and mayor.
Did this sway Javert? No. He only cared about the law. Really? Was that all? Jean Valjean became rich and respected, while Javert remained a paltry policeman.
Through years of chasing the man Javert recalled for being in prison where he was a guard, his hatred toward Valjean grew. The years tested Valjean's resolve to be good. More than once he could have gotten Javert off his trail by firing him, but returned the compassion he received. To save another accused of being him, Valjean confessed. He gave up everything. A sympathetic guard let him escape, so again Valjean was on the run. This time he was on the run with a daughter of a prostitute whom he had wronged. He corrected his wrong, but it was too late. The prostitute died. He vowed to care for her daughter, whom he made his own.
Unrelenting Javert found him again. This time Valjean went with him to return to prison. For the first time Javert reflected, contemplating the events of his life. Javert was unable to come to terms with what hounding Jean Valjean had done to his own character. He freed Valjean. In the 1998 film version he cuffed himself and jumped into the river. The kindness Jean Valjean showed Javert finally bent him into a better person. Unfortunately, the gendarme could not see it in himself to change. His intractable belief system gave him no way out by simply forgiving himself and living a better life.
Okay, okay, so maybe he returned as a cow and became sacred. What can the cow learn? So, his punishment would be that as a cow, he would stagnate? Now that's logical. Not. Javert learned before killing himself that he was pretty much a jerk. Wasn't that something though? Because he learned and repented, his vibration would surely seem higher than a cow. With that condition, why should Javert return lesser than he was in his previous life? Unless lucky to reincarnate in India to be considered a Sacred Cow for being a miserable scum-bag in his previous physical existence, people in other countries would just eat him.
Number Eight (8) in No Nonsense Numerology—The Code is only about being tested. The letters beneath the number are (hqz). Tiers in the other five sequences still only represent quizzes to varying degrees. They are either material or spiritual tests, met with skepticism, reticence, or enthusiasm. For the most part, are we able to think outside the box, or are we stuck in the box?
Some people want everyone else to live in the same box with them to validate their own beliefs. They are intractable people who secretly salivate for some apocalyptic Armageddon because they genuinely believe the Bible predicts it.
Are we our beliefs? Are we our actions? What really defines us? Beliefs can change. It takes good actions to make up for wrong actions. Actions define us to other people. People hardly, if ever, define us by what we believe. Check the Obituaries. No one cares what we believe, but only if we live up to our values by our actions. Living up to barbarous beliefs is easy, but living up to stellar ones is more difficult.
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