Where's Rodney King When We Need Him?
- On another internet forum, an insightful person raised the topic
of religious conflicts between believers and non-believers, and
he mused about how these conflicts will play out in time with
Eckankar. Here's a response I banged out, which I decided to
This is a topic I've thought about often, since I have frequently
posted on a.r.e, and have been threatened, ridiculed, diagnosed,
denigrated, and personally insulted in every manner imaginable
by the denizens there. Naturally, it leads one to contemplate the
nature of religious persecution and conflicts.
Here's one of my thoughts:
It seems to me that when a group claims to have an exclusive
relationship with God, this is an attempt to become God's only
agent, or intermediary, for all humankind. It is like an exclusive
listing agents have to sell real estate. No one can get the
property except through that agent. And religions that grow into
millions upon millions of members have enormous power. They
begin to separate the world into believers and non-believers.
They begin to create doctrines that those who are not members
will suffer in various forms, depending on the religion. It could be
more incarnations, or burning in hell, or purgatory, or
reincarnating as a dog, or even returning as a rock or mineral, as
Paul Twitchell once suggested would happen to former
These are threats, but also these are devices that separate.
Followers take these threats to mean the 'others' are less worthy
than they are, and discrimination creeps into relationships with
People are fighting over the ownership of God, as if God were
property. And when those who are in the majority, or have
enormous followings, have such doctrines, the 'others' are seen
as Godless, and often are treated accordingly. In real terms, we
know what has occurred down through history to the pagans or
other groups that have found themselves on the wrong end of
the power equation.
This is why the most important realization I had in leaving
eckankar is that no one is the exclusive intermediary for God,
and anyone who makes such a claim is tinkering with one of the
most horribly destructive and conflict generating concepts known
in human history.
God is not an anthropomorphic being that is picking and
choosing this master or that saint to represent it. To suggest this
implies a dualistic God with thoughts and opinions, and
human-like purposes and motives, which is absurd.