This is recent post from Rastus Jones, Esquire. This builds a lot on my recent podcast (which has not been postable – ugh!) called “The Necessity of East-West Eclecticism.” Go here to read the whole thread. Remember put the trolls on ignore.
The Bible is about many things.
But it’s clearly weak when it comes to giving moral guidance.
Even just the natural (non perverse) sexual potentials of mankind (sex|sex|sex|sex) are scantily addressed. Never mind today’s new perversities. When it comes to the horrendous moral confusions created by industrialization, science, technological manipulation, and empire — it’s almost a no-show.
However, intelligent and sincere men can glean a lot from statements the Bible does contain. That’s what men are supposed to do with their scriptures: apply intellect, personal trial of principles, penetrate deeper into them, and let saints and realizers supply new and helpful content.
We can point to critical coordinate points in the Bible and construct a clear and profound morality order. The Christian people did in fact do that over time with native intelligence. But the theological putterers always lagged behind the people, creating fog, while failing to suss out the real fundamentals those coordinate points point to.
It’s a pregnant fact, for example, that out of a spare 10 Commandments, two of them are restraints on human lust. (If we understand the 10th, about coveting the neighbor’s wife, as being a sexual reference even if she is thrown in with cows and wheel barrows.) For moral guidance all these Biblical elements are pregnant with meaning:
— the Virgin Birth itself
— Christ’s “eunuchs” statement (long ignored as if it didn’t exist)
— The parable of the brides who lacked ‘oil’ in their lamps. This is very pregnant from a celibate monk’s point of view. (I’ve never heard a Christian even try to explain it.)
— Christ’s apparent celibacy
— The celibacy of the priesthood and Christian monastic orders that not only followed upon Christ, but hoisted Christianity high. (Suggests a strict moral rule for the priesthood; some lesser restraint but still within a strict rule, i.e., sex for marriage.)
— The marriage sacrament itself, which is meant to provide an orderly and legitimate channelship for creative power.
— Even the foundational Genesis story is likely a teaching that prosperity or blight hinge on a primal law connected to sex.
— The fact that Christian culture evolved by centuries of sincere believers was firmly pro-marriage and against premarital sex — more big clues.
There are others: The Old Testament admonishment against “spilling your seed on the ground” (which Jews would take as mere avoidance of contact with bare earth, of course, but Gentiles can take as a general admonishment against wanking.) The Gospel of Thomas, a text unapproved for the Bible by the ecclesiastics, has this amazing verse:
“Two lie down on a couch. One gets up.”
This is likely a reference to sex, as well as to the impact the sex act has on the male, spiritually, as compared to the female; that is, the fundamental difference between the man and woman relative to sex. This, in terms, speaks to a natural difference in station between man and woman, and why there are monks and nuns, but not priests and priestesses.
Intelligent Christians could easily construct a seaworthy, reasonably comprehensive, moral system. More rapidly if they knew God works in many fields, revealing moral guidance in other religions. The Upanishadic scriptures, written by inveterate God-seekers, easily clarify and add substance to the sketchy Christian clues.
My message is that Christians should take their scriptures more seriously. Stop ignoring certain sections. Be curiouser. Apply the mind better to them. Then if one is curious enough to penetrate them, he’ll be curious, too, about the texts of other God-seekers. Because “seek and ye shall find.” Anybody who seeks God learns the way to God. The God of the Christians is not limited by labels or a particular culture’s nomenclature. Other scriptures can elucidate the gold in Christianity, strengthen, and save it.
It’s my belief that Christianity is actually founded on the Aryan Vedas and Upanishads; that that’s the tradition that Christ came out of. Christians should open their minds to their own founding texts, finally get moral clarity, and much more.