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Religious Superiority Complex

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Feb 24, 2021 at 16:57

Religious Superiority Complex:

What strikingly does not cease to intrigue this observer in more recent exchanges in this forum regarding the contests of wills in describing which religious adherence is better than the other, is that everyone seems to be oblivious that the argument has not stopped from the time of the conversion of the empires of the first century to 'Christianesque' influences of the evolving remains of the Roman empire; and that argument does not stop yet. There are, really, no declared winners. Now really, why is that?

Religion, either ideologically, in abject rejection of theosophical, or in terms of secularistic humanism, is best summarized as human desires to be elevated to deistic status in order to be dominant in the affairs of humanity. The Hebrew Holy Writ describes this in a term: idolatry. The subversion of spiritual attitudes has been the bane of mankind for virtually the entire existence of the species. Adaptations aside, mankind has been in trouble in not being able to get along with one another. In the Middle East, it will never be solved in amicable terms.

All Middle Eastern religious persuasions stem from a single argument: whose 'God' is superior? This comes from the first argument: did Elohim actually say what He meant? In other words, humanity was teased with the idea that mankind (women specifically included) could determine his/her own destiny; which for the true record, is patently all wrong, as ages and ages of constant warfare attest. Religion began in earnest, based on that wrong presumption in the land of the Chaldeans, at Babel when a tower of religious presumptuousness was built.

The circumstances of reintroducing recognition of a Eternal Sovereign came about when a expatriate Chaldean was led away from his roots and family to a place we now know to be the heart of the Middle East; to that place now known as Mount Moriah. It is a place know known variously as the Temple Mount of the Israelites and the third most holy site to Islam. But whose site is it really; and thus, the modern contention of the superiority of Islam versus all others. Thus further, the continuing argument here in this forum, why there is no quarter given.

Why does this seem to be the proverbial perennial argument, no quarter given; and none expected in the typical exchanges, not only in this forum, but globally? It has all the appearances of the original argument of who really does rule in the affairs of mankind? This cannot be sufficiently answered until there is the recognition that mankind has limited actual determination to rule, either in Islam or, the religious implications of any other culture that Islam claims to have conquered. In its claim to be the replacement theology, it is not perfect.

But then, modern apostate religious persuasions like that found in modern expressions of the 'Christian' belief system, divisions going back to before Islam made for very hard examinations of why the Gospel message of the first century CE was so easily dismissed when the beginnings of the Messianic mission were still in its foundational spread throughout the entirety of the Middle East. Romanization did not help either, being dismissive of the Jewish origins. It is that peculiar aspect of the crucified Nazarene that escapes in the true understanding of His truth.

So, until the truth is recognized far better than was understood by the Roman governor of Jerusalem in 33 CE, humanity is imprisoned by the fascinations of religious dominance by whomever can take control of the fortunes of the Middle East. But in reality, whether one believes Islam controls; or does Christianity regain any influences under the threat of war of annihilation, what remains to be seen is the truth that mankind has never been able to fully dominate the scene in the Holy Land, since the simple fact of the matter is no one knows how to control it.

Islam is not going away peacefully; either in its Sunni, Salafist, Sufi or Shia adherence, the expectation is that a crusader style counter claim will bring the matter to a catastrophic showdown in Israel, of whom further, is expected to be the sole national survivor of it all. Then even the religious aspirations of the Nation of Israel will be redefined at the Temple Mount in its survival after all other claimants to religious superiority is settled in the recognition of who really rules in the affairs of men.

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