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Replies to ‘Idolators’!

11 May

Replies to Idolators:
As we saw earlier, idol worshiping is not favored by most of the religions. After all they are condemning it. But wherever you go, you see people worshiping created things (idols) as if they are worshiping the GOD.

The most common excuse they have is, “It’s hard to worship the unseen God.

“So, this allows you to worship something other than God?”
“Why is it hard for you when it is not hard for ‘billions’ of people?”

Another thing they say is, “God is present everywhere. Everything is God. We worship God through His creations”.

“Whoa! Worshipping God through His creations? Why do you need this ‘through’? It doesn’t seem logical?
Why can’t you worship God directly?
And again as I have said earlier in the post ‘Is Everything God?’ we can conclude “Everything is God’s” and everything is NOT God.

Anyways, worshiping the Creations doesn’t mean you worship the Creator. It simply means, ‘You worship the Creations‘!”. [And you know that’s wrong]

Again they say, “No no, it’s not the stone we worship. Its God present inside the stone”.

“This is another version of the previous question. God can never be inside a stone which is one of His creations”

“You see, we don’t worship all stones, only special kind of stones. Also gold, silver, brass”.

“You are in a very dangerous position you know. You are more special than a gold or a silver or a brass, aren’t you? So we worship YOU?

What is the authenticity of your practices? If we read your scriptures we find exactly the opposite. So where do you get these things from? From some stupid man or from God?”

“Ok fine, idol worship has no basis in our religion, its wrong. But.. common people can’t worship God without an image. It helps to focus our concentration. When we get trained we don’t need that image. Like in school, in 1st grade you have an idol but when you finish your final grade you don’t need an idol”.

“That’s good atleast you realize its wrong.

Just because a layman cannot worship God without an image, is it ok for him to worship something other than God?

To focus our concentration, there are numerous things we can do, but an idol can never help you. Infact it leads to destruction.

      How many people know what they are worshipping is not God?
      How many people know they have been cheated n cheated for centuries saying that this is their God?

And coming back to the school :D,
    You will not teach your child something wrong in 1st grade and then say he will be corrected later. Would you teach him 2+2=3 in 1st grade and then say its 4 in his final class? Ofcourse not!  

      Then why would you do this to God, the very most important thing in life?
How many people really reach that final stage?
They die in that evil state worshipping a stone, believing it to be the God for all their life. Its sorrowful.”

{Idol worship, the nearest analogy I can provide you is like calling someone else as one’s father, while his real father is another person. Rejection of one’s father and attributing this very honorable position to another person is a very disgraceful, abominable and disgusting thing any human being will think of doing.

The only one true God is the Creator, Sustainer, Cherisher and Provider. It is He only deserves our worship.

If we make idols of human beings, animals and other created objects, for the purpose of worship, my simple question is, do we earn the Blessings or the Wrath of God?

This is the unpardonable sin any human being can commit. The seriousness of this sin will not equal the analogy provided above.} [1]

Lets get rid of such sins, stop0think!

Image(s) of ‘GOD’ from Sikhism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism!

2 May

Image(s) of ‘GOD’ from Sikhism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism:

         Okay, now that we know according to Hinduism and Jewism/Christianity one should not picturize God ‘as they do it now’. Today we will discuss what Sikhism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism says about it!

Sikhism:

The Guru Granth Sahib, the central scripture and Guru of Sikhs, strongly rejects idolatry. Idolatry is also rejected by the Dasam Granth a scripture by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, and within numerous rehatnamas (documents codifying the code of conduct of the Sikh religion), such as the Sikh Rehat Maryada and the Budha Dal Rehatnama.

Sikhism criticises the practice of using idols to represent God and pray to him.

BUT NOW!!

Human figures of religious significance, such as the Sikh gurus, are common in ‘modern’ Sikhism, and the Sikh attitude to non-religious images is generally relaxed.

Mouth Shut (??!!)

Buddhism:

  • The historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama or Shakyamuni) neither regarded himself nor wished to be regarded as a God.

  • In any of the ‘Sacred’ texts of Buddhism we do not find any evidence or statement approving or promoting of idol worship by Buddha.

  • On the contrary, Buddha has opposed making of idols, when Ananda, a close relative, the most devoted attendant and a leading monk sought permission to make an idol of Buddha.

  • The practice of idol worship in present day Buddhism is an innovation, defying the teachings of Buddha.

Christmas Humpreys, author of the book ‘Buddhism’, says of himself that he studied Buddhism for thirty years and of Buddhism in the world today he knows more than most and he has this to say about the Buddhist Scriptures:

“The Buddha himself wrote nothing, and none of his teaching was written down for at least four hundred years after his death. We, therefore do not know what the Buddha taught, any more than we know what Jesus taught; and today at least four schools, with sub-division in each, proclaim their own view as to what is Buddhism”.

The disappearance of original teachings and practices of Buddha are almost complete today, for the Buddhists are sunk in superstitions, idol worship and Hindu religious rituals. Original Buddhism has changed colors completely.

  • H.G. Wells (An Outline of History Page 392) has described this in a very terse language. “Gautama’s disciples have cared more for the preservation of his tree than of his thought, which from the first they distorted and misconceived (the Bodh tree which helped him to rest his back, while achieved ‘enlightenment’, still exists and with a sapling from the original tree planted in Sri Lanka, the Sri Maha Bodi in Anuradapura , venerated and worshipped excessively)”.

Writing on the corruption of Buddhism, Mr. Wells makes the following interesting observations:

“Tibet today is a Buddhist country, yet Gautama could he return to earth, might go from end to end of Tibet seeking his own teaching in vain.

About this Buddhist countryside he would discover a number of curious little mechanisms, little wind-wheels and water-wheels spinning, on which brief prayers were inscribed. Every time these things spin, he would learn, it counts as a prayer. ‘To whom?’, he would ask.

The most striking and undisputable statement about the authenticity of the Buddhist scriptures is by Chief Monk Akuratiye Amarawansa, Chancellor of the Vidyodaya Buddhist University (Pirivena), Maligakanda, Colombo; Scholar of the Tripitaka and Chief Monk of Southern Sri Lanka. In his preface to the Sinhala translation of Deega Nikaya, he has expressed the following:

  • “The Deega Nikaya that we see today cannot be assuredly said to be the same one that was presented to the first reform council (Dharma Sangayana). Many reform councils were held subsequently and these Nikayas and divisions would have been subjected to many changes. Therefore, the most acceptable view would be that the present Deega Nikaya is a collection of sutras subjected to changes, additions and deletions taken place after the first reform council.”

So if you find anything to be in favour of ‘idol worship’ in Buddhism.. simply remind yourself of ‘Cheif Monk’ Akuratiye’s Statement.

For additional Reading: http://www.allaahuakbar.net/buddhism/reality_of_idol_worship_and_buddhism.htm

Zoroastrianism:

 Idol worship is prohibited in Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Scriptures too!

Chapter 68.

1. I also saw the souls of a man and a woman (2) whom they ever DRAG, the man to heaven and the woman to HELL. (3) And the woman’s hand was caught in the knot and sacred thread [kusti] of the man, (4) and she said thus: ‘How is it when we had every benefit in union, among the living, (5) now they are dragging thee to heaven, and me to HELL?’

6. And the man said thus: ‘Because whatever things I received of the good and worthy, I also gave them back to the poor; (7) and I practised good thoughts and good words and good deeds; (8) I also heeded God, and disregarded the demons; (9) and I have been steadfast in the good religion.

10. But you despised the good and poor and worthy and travellers; (11) you also disregarded God, and YOU WORSHIPPED IDOLS; (12) and practised evil thoughts and evil words and evil deeds; (13) and you have been steadfast in the religion of ahriman and the demons.’

– THE BOOK OF ARDA VIRAF, a holy book of Zoroastrianism..

  • Idol Worship is considered as a transgression of Zoroastrian commandment. For Scriptural verification,please refer to Patet Pashemani Manthra, Kardeh 10 word 21 (ozdist parasti).

I am asking you O! My dear Zoroastrians..

What do you think about ‘fire’? Is it not an idol? I mean do you think an idol is only made up of clay or a stone?

You say you worship your God through fire.. exactly this is what idol worshippers say.. WE WORSHIP OUR GOD THROUGH THIS ..!!

THINK!

Wait for: Replies to ‘Idol Worshippers’!

Image(s) of ‘GOD’ from Hinduism and Christian/Jewism Scriptures!

30 Apr

 

 

What’s the image of GOD?

 Now that we know God is outside us..we try to understand whats the image of God? Firstly DOES HE HAVE ANY IMAGE?

mm.. to know whats the image of GOD lets look what ‘The Religious Scriptures’ had to say in it.

 

I begin with Hinduism:

 

Shwetashvatara Upanishad Chapter 4 Verse 19:

 “Na tasya pratima asti”

 “There is no likeness of Him”

 (The Principal Upanishad by S.RadhaKrishnan pg 736&737 and in the Sacred Books of East, Volume 15, The Upanishads Part 2, Page no 253)

 

          Soo..there is no likeness of Him..whatever we portray as God should not have any likeness to anything we see in this world..

  

O my Hindu Readers!

   Dont your God(s) look like humans? may be animals too??

 

Think.. stop0think!

 

Yajur Ved Chapter 32 Verse 3:

 “na tasya pratima asti”

 “There is no image of Him”

 (The Yajurveda by Devi Chand M.A. pg. 377)

 

           wow..what a clear-cut verse!

 

Look O Hindus, ‘Your’ Scripture says ‘There is no image for God’ .

You have ‘thousands of images’ for God.

What are you doing hun..?

 

Shwetashvatara Upanishad Chapter 4 verse 20:

“na samdrse tisthati rupam asya, na caksusa pasyati kas canainam”.

“His form cannot be seen, no one sees Him with the eye”.

(The Principal Upanishad by S. Radhakrishnan pg. 737)

(And in Sacred books of the East Volume 15, the Upanishad part II, Page no. 253)

 

           Got it? His form can never be seen. So who saw God and told you that He got 10 heads and 20 hands and He has snake in His head??

 Really.. WHO TOLD YOU THAT?

 

Yajurved Chapter 40 Verse 9:

“Andhatma pravishanti ye assambhuti mupaste”

“They enter darkness, those who worship natural things.”

           E.g. worship of natural elements air, water, fire, trees etc.

It further continues and says,

“They sink deeper in darkness those who worship sambhuti i.e. created things”

          E.g. created things such as table, chair, idols etc.

(Yajurveda Samhita by Ralph T. H. Griffith pg. 538)

 

      I really don’t want to interpret this, DO I?

You yourself can understand what you are doing now will make you ‘SINK DEEPER IN DARKNESS!’.

 

To my Hindu Readers!

     Seriously I am asking you ‘one question’ HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE READ YOUR SCRIPTURES ‘FULLY’?

Why don’t you follow it then?

 

WHY……..?????

 

I just don’t understand 😦

You are contradicting your Scriptures and that’s not Hinduism anymore!

 

PLEASE THINK!

 

I will now move to the ‘Abrahamic Religions’:

            In all Abrahamic Religions ‘idolatory’ is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

    Within Christianity, Protestants strictly prohibit idols and the ‘Catholics’ are quite ‘convinced’ that ‘God has created man in his form’ so it is ‘OK’ to worship God as man. (??!!)

 

The well-known popular ‘Ten Commandments’ (RSV Exodus 20:3-6) are:

“You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

 

         Look.. we should not make any image in the likeness of anything above the ‘heaven’..

 

So.. Michelangelo’s images of GOD .. RIGHT OR WRONG?

 

Exodus 20: 3-5

“Those who hate God make false images of things in heaven and
worship them.”

             mm.. so ‘YOU’ are ‘God-Haters’ or ‘God-Lovers’?

  

Deuteronomy 7:25

“The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire.”

                 woww.. quite SERIOUS.. isn’t it?

 

Exodus 34:12-14

“12)Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:

13) But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

14) For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”

 

          So it not only prohibits making images of God but it also ORDERS TO DESTROY THOSE IMAGES.

 

Exodus 20:5

“You shall not worship them.” (False idols and images).

                    NO..NEVER..DONT DO IT..!!

STOP!

 

In the ‘Torah’:

           In a number of places, the Hebrew Bible makes clear that God has no shape or form, and is utterly incomparable; thus no idol, image, idea, or anything comparable to creation could ever capture God’s essence.

For example, when the Israelites were by God in Deut. 4:15, they see no shape or form.  

         The Bible has many terms for idolatry, and their usage represents the horror with which they filled the writers of the Bible.

 

Thus idols were stigmatized as,

1. “non-God” (Deut. 32:17, 21; Jer. 2:11),

2. “things of naught” (Lev. 19:4 et passim),

3. “vanity” (Deut. 32),

4. “iniquity” (1 Sam. 15:23),

5. “wind and confusion” (Isa. 41:29 ),

6. “the dead” (Ps. 106:28),

7. “carcasses” (Lev. 26:30; Jer. 16:18),

8. “a lie” (Isa. 44:20 et passim), and similar epithets.

  

To my Christian Readers!

What is the authenticity that Jesus (Peace be upon him) looked like what you have? What is the proof?

Did Jesus (Peace be upon him) was white-face blue-eyed American? Where did you get this from?

It was hundred years after the disappearance of Jesus (Peace be upon him), they dreamt all these ‘false’ images of him. Most of them are the ‘products’ of Roman Catholic Church and some very unGodly people!.

I am not accusing your scriptures. I am accusing your actions WHICH CONTRADICT YOUR SCRIPTURES!

 

I know of ‘few’ Hindus and ‘few’ Christians/Jews who do not favour idol worship.. GOOD FOR THEM!

But.. quite a handful of people can’t hide something which is happening apparently within their religion..so THINK!

Sought the help of 'wikipedia'.

 

To be continued…

Up next: Image(s) of ‘GOD’ in Sikhism, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism!

 

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