A word from the Bible: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
According to two billion Christians, almost a thirteen million Jews, and another two billion Moslem who also recognize the Bible (referred to in the Koran as The Book), seem to have been created in the image and likeness of God. Hence, one can only presume, that we’d want to treat the world and everything and everyone in it, as we’d want to be treated by our Maker. If so, it then seems to me that well over four billion people ignore the faith they claim to confess.
So much for religions.
And yet the myths on which all religions are based, from which they are derived, are as noble and as true today as they were thousands of years ago.
We are NOT supposed kill, devour and destroy everything in sight, but look after it, administer it, protect it from any harm as best we can — the way the WE would like to be looked after by a “Higher Authority” that has jurisdiction over us. And our responsibility applies to “the fish of the sea, and the fowl of the air, and the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
It seems to me that none of the avowed ‘followers’ of the three major faith of the world have carried out, or are carrying out, this admonition. So why call ourselves Christians, or Jews, or Moslem?
Just imagine a world in which we, humans, don’t kill everything that moves to distend even more our obesity, in which we really care about our jurisdiction with the sort of love that we assign to higher beings, reputedly created in the image of god. Just imagine…
And then try to visualize it.
And then? And then watch it—as it slowly, inexorably, unavoidably, becomes reality. Glorious, loving, reality.
It seems that we have been intended to build a completely different world from that in which we all participate today. There are ways and means of doing so. For each and every one of us. You might care to scan through the book below. I wrote it some time ago but it still seems to be up to date. Perhaps the truth is immortal?
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