Many a Left Hand Path author has described the Right Hand Path (especially the Christian faith) as seeking a Unity or Oneness with god. I’ve thought this to be a misstep on the part of these authors, as christianity lacks the teaching of unity with their deity. Instead they seek a form of slavery, bending head and knee to an angry tyrant deity.
I’ve changed my thoughts on this slightly. I can see Christianity demanding Unity and Oneness… only it isn’t with their tyrant god, but with each other.
Earlier today someone reached out to me, informing me of a past friend who died a few weeks ago. I hand’t kept in touch with this person for years. Curious about their life, I scoured their public Facebook feed, only to discover that they became a complete tyrant. Scattered through his posts were these alt-right political posts demanding people conform not only to the same language, but to the same religion – the Christian religion. “If you don’t like our religion, leave this nation,” the post read. While he didn’t write those ignorant articles, he did repost them, showing his alignment.
Lack of Individuality
It was clear to me that this is the nature of Christianity, and other intolerant faiths. There is a need to make others bend to the will of an established system. In this way the authors didn’t have to change, improve or expand their world-view. They simply rested in their current state of an ignorant Christian, thumbing their nose at anyone different – even demanding conformity to their blood-soaked faith.
It reminded me of a comedy sketch form the old TV show, M*A*S*H. In one episode, the hypocritical Christian (Frank Burns) is causing a ruckus. Alan Alda’s character, Hawkeye, asks Frank, “What about individuality Frank? What about that?”
Frank stammers and blurts out, “Individuality is fine… As long as we all do it together.”
By removing those elements that make each of us an Individual, the Christian becomes shapeless. Like a set of dolls dipped in paint thinner, every Christian resembles every other Christian. They dress alike, they think alike, they even vote alike. Individuality is lost, in favor of the Oneness of conformity.
Am I stereotyping Christianity? I’ve noticed some Left Hand Path authors/speakers talk about Christianity has having a real depth and value. Am I throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
While someone might find a “Christian” that doesn’t abide by this demand of conformity, I would wonder if they are a Christian at all. It is in the teachings of the Bible, that conformity is found:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.Romans 12:2
The apostle Paul writes about conforming quite a bit. In his letter to Rome, he chides the church to conform by the renewing of their minds. To not conform to the world, but to conform instead to the “perfect will of god.”
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.Romans 13:1-2
Continuing with this theme of obedience, Paul requires the Church of Rome to also be subject to the “higher powers.” Those “higher powers” are not only a reference to the will of god, but the will of government. In other words, do not think for yourself. Do not resist what the government says, do not fight for your own Identity and Individuality… instead, kneel to those who wield power over you.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.1 Samuel 15:23
Rebellion in the Left Hand Path is the cornerstone of awakening. It is that first step into defining the Self. To the biblical mind, however, it is the danger of damnation. Rebellion is as the “sin” of witchcraft.
Christianity is a belief of convenance. When Nero was emperor, they didn’t conform to the will of government. Had they done so, Christianity would have ended before 200AD. Once established as a central power of government, the Christian faith then demands obedience.
Any Christian today who considers themselves a “liberal christian,” is attempting to ignore their own ideology, in oder to cater to deeper since of fairness. But that isn’t the faith at all. It’s like putting lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.
To this end, no, I don’t think I’m stereotyping the Christian at all. I’m holding them accountable to their own faith, their own bible. I’m linking the demand for conformity of that time period to the ignorant demand of conformity that still persists to this day.
Oneness of the Christian
While Christianity may not be seeking the Daoist Oneness, or the Hindu Oneness, they are seeking a different and even more disturbing oneness. At least the Hindu is attempting to become One with their god. The Christian continues the narrative that they are worthless and slave like, obeying a tyrant master.
Where the Christian finds oneness, is in the demand that we all think and do the same things. We talk the same way, speak the same language, hate the same people and fight in the same wars. There may be room for different views, or differing views may be put to the test of a battle. In the end, however, there is a strong blanket set over the Christian, nullifying any uniqueness.
The Christian self imposes an ideology of conformity – they become like the others and this leaves them ripe for manipulation. Control the source of their truth and you control the direction of the modern Christian. Spin a yarn that “Jesus wants us to fight this war,” or “outlaw a behavior,” and one can grab the Christian by the balls. Look at 2016 as a prime example of leading a Christian into complete political manipulation.
So what would you rather do? Would you rather bend knee to a tyrant god, or seek your own path, looking for truth in your own way? Christianity can not be “cleaned up” or “made proper.” It, like most fundamental (“my religion is the only way”) beliefs is flawed from the start and destined to contaminate the goal of Selfhood.