The Church of Universal Life and True Religions - New Commandments
The Humanist Approach:
True religions have only seven commandments
The New Life Church is one that exists in the here and now. I call it the Universal Life Church. Whether you believe in one God or many Gods or no god at all, there are still reasons to support the commandments of true religions. Religions were created to control the population and perhaps to create a better society. Commandments are really laws that govern our behavior and teach us to be nice to one another.
Books from thousands of years in the past have survived because they are good words to live by. The Bible, the Quran, the Torah, the dead sea scrolls and the teachings of Confucius and Buddha all have a common message - Treat others as you would like to be treated. It's so common that it's called the Golden Rule.
If everyone followed the golden rule, this will be a wonderful world to live in. Of course, so few people follow the golden rule that commandments were declared to explain how we should treat each other. Whole religions sprang up based on the rules. Of all the so-called true religions, there are only seven basic rules or commandments.
Don't kill for the sake of killing.
We all kill things every day. Or we survive by the presence of dead things. We kill people, plants, animals, insects, bugs, reptiles, trees, etc. We survive by eating dead flesh or dead plants. We make furniture with dead trees. There is a constant state of life and death around us at all times.
Killing in self-defense or to defend your country are not sins. Killing a person that has committed capitol offences is not a sin or a crime. So killing things is not against the commandments of most religions.
Killing for the sake of killing is just wrong. We know it in our bones. Therefore this is the first true commandment of all religions.
Don't steal from others.
Stealing, coveting, using something that belongs to someone else without their permission is also against universal life. A certain portion of the universe belongs to us and the rest belongs to others. When we steal something that does not belong to us, we upset the balance of rightness. There is no reason to steal things other than greed. Enjoy what is yours. Let others enjoy their things.
The truth is the best way to remember things anyway. Lying is harmful. I'm not talking about the little white lies like when you tell your child that their dead pet went to live on a farm, I'm talking about lies that wreck humanity. Bearing false witness against another human, that kind of thing. A lie can truly destroy your own life as well as the lives of others.
Most religious texts call this honoring their mother and father. The truth is you can be born to rotten parents, so forget that!
The real meaning is to respect intelligence in others. Older people are usually more intelligent than you and you can learn from them. Or you can share your intelligence with others. If a smart person is trying to make your life better, why would you not listen to them?
Keep your promises.
Wedding vows, appointments, sharing time with your children are all promises that should be kept above all others. If you promise to forsake all other women in a vow, then do it. Your promise should be gold. Breaking a promise is one of the easiest ways to hurt another human.
Share the world with others, don't overpopulate, pollute, or destroy the space we live in.
Sharing is truly caring. It's an old cliché, but one that rings true. If you try to take too much of the universal pie, you will not be happy and those around you will not be happy either. Overpopulation is just another form of greed. Yes, the early religions encouraged everyone to be fruitful and multiply, but there came a point when it became harmful to the world to continue having child after child after child. There is only so much the planet will support before self-destruction becomes apparent. Wars are fought over space to live in. Food becomes scarce. Don't become a statistic. Become a human instead.
Don't Harm People, the Environment, or Animals
The absolute Golden Rule - Always treat others as you would wish to be treated. Don't abuse animals, they are our friends, companions, and source of life.
This Commandment is so important that I have written it twice!
What do you think?
Is it time to update the "10 Commandments"?
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© 2010 Lela