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The Fading Spirit Of Sophia

"Hellen Golding" (2019-10-10)

Religion is politics, and politics is a religion. They may differ to some, but they are certainly bedfellows, for they are so closely intertwined that they can be said to be 'as one'. Religion is very political. Just ask anyone in a religious organization if the people in it are practicing politics. Let us take one of the most famous of the religious figures - the man we call Jesus Christ. He had 12 disciples, to which he was their master, or teacher of his philosophy or wisdom -- for 'philo' and 'sophia' are the Greek words for the 'love of wisdom'. When we read from the gospels how his disciples acted towards him and interacted with each other we see that they became political very quickly. His group also found contention with other religious-political organizations such as the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees - each a faction within a party, and having their own belief systems and interpretation of scripture, often arguing amongst one another.

Not much has changed in over 2000 years. He and his disciples very quickly found that they were at odds with the most powerful political groups of his time -the controlling powers of Judaism and the controlling powers of Romanism. Rome believed in the power of Caesar and the Roman Empire, and Judaism in the power of Jehovah and Israel. And, as the story goes, because he opposed both controlling powers, they killed him for that opposition. Throughout the ages religion and politics have caused innumerable conflicts both great and small. The caustic reactions of those who adhere to opposing philosophies have turned the world upside down in all cultures and creeds. Some would argue that this has been a necessary evil and one which over time has brought us to the global civilization we now know, yet one must ask one's self, 'At what cost? The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Civilization is not so civilized when we see it in this light. The first thing to be sacrificed for hey ( the sake of the controlling powers is the very foundation of truth, the 'love of wisdom'. The proverbs speak of wisdom as the 'principle thing' -- the foremost element, the precious object that should be uppermost in all our minds, and sought with all of our heart. It has been said that 'power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely'. Such a thing has so great a seed of disaster in it that it can bring a nation to its knees in a few short years. It is a slap in the face to the very people that Jesus came to die for -- the poor -- to see the rich bailed out and saved from calamity, and the bankrupted poor deeper in disaster and despair. Without faith, hope, and vision, a nation may perish -- perhaps even a whole planet of nations. If this man Jesus finally returns, will he find faith and hope on the Earth? We need a new vision -- hopefully one without religion and politics. For the two systems that the powers say we must have to be civilized have failed, so far neither has worked out to the advantage of humanity.

If all converged on that 'mind', all the problems of the world would be solved. Nothing is impossible and absolutely anything is possible with God. Dream the impossible dream. Michael Cassidy is the author of 'Burning the Wineskins', 'Chasing the Wind' and 'A Witness Forever'. He is the founder of African Enterprise, a continent wide evangelic association. Michael Cassidy is the author of 'Burning the Wineskins', 'Chasing the Wind' and 'A Witness Forever'. He is the founder of African Enterprise, a continent wide evangelic association. These writings may be freely published electronically or in print (with acknowledgment to Michael Cassidy, please). In his various writings Craig attempts in some small way to advance the cause of peace. He is currently "working" on his latest manuscript - a "novel", yet a true story of transformation … from hatred to love in the cauldron of the Middle East titled ‘From Seeds of Hate to the Bonds of Love’. Please Register or Login to post new comment. How Much Does Love Matter? Dear Dr.Romance: Is she bipolar or what? How to move on from a very bad break up even if one loves the other person still? My 16 year old daughter is in an open relationship is this ok and should I stop it? How can you be happy when nobody loves you? It's Time to Shine!