The Four Spiritual Laws is an evangelical tract written by Bill Bright for the organization, Campus Crusade for Christ. I first encountered it when I was about 18. I had a bad breakup with my first girl friend, and I was facing my birth date in a particularly vulnerable state. I had the habit (which I still have today) of doing Yoga meditation. On this particular occasion, I sought out something to meditate upon, and found The Four Spiritual Laws sitting on my bedside table.
In my meditative state, I read it. I read it three times, and I said to myself, “Ok, I’ll try this.” I recited the “sinners prayer” as prescribed in the booklet, and in that moment gave my heart to Christ. I became a “Born Again Christian.” A “Messianic Jew.” For the next ten years (in between which I got married and fathered three boys) I studied the Christian Bible (consisting of the Tenach and the “New Testament”), reading through it probably two or three times a year. Funny thing. By the time I reached my 28th birthday, I had read enough that I now perceived that the whole doctrine of Christianity was utter and complete bullshit. This was through reading the Bible. Christian ministers also influenced this, as much of the time they talked out of both sides of their mouth. The straw that broke the camels back though, was when the Pastor of the church I belonged to at the time, The Peoples Church, said from the pulpit: “People don’t end up in hell for their sins, they end up in hell for not loving Jesus.” WHAT! And I knew he was telling the truth. Suddenly, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob was revealed to be a narcissist. A mad man. I wanted nothing more to do with this. I became, in that instance, right there in the pew, an Atheist. Astrologers will tell you that what I experienced is called the Saturn Return. This is when the planet Saturn returns to that point in your chart where it was at the time of your birth, which takes twenty eight years.
But I have digressed. This missive is about the fallacies contained in the booklet, The Four Spiritual Laws.
Law # One: G-d loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Really, there is nothing wrong with this idea. Of course G-d loves you! YOU ARE G-D! We’re all G-d. So, let’s move on to the second law.
Law # Two: Man is sinful and separated from G-d, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love. The first fallacy is that G-d has a gender. G-d is composed of multiple genders and trans genders. The second fallacy is that we can be separated from G-d. How can you separate yourself from your self? The only way to do that is to break yourself apart. This is strictly an intellectual exercise. What is sin? Sin is doing bad stuff. Sin is practicing wrongfulness to G-d, which in essence is doing harm to another human being, or to Nature or yourself. But people do bad stuff all the time. Christians will say that the bad things are enumerated in the ten commandments. Jews will say they are enumerated not only in the ten commandments but throughout the whole of the Torah. That’s too complicated in my opinion. Sin is harming yourself, another human, or nature, which is the same as harming G-d, which is the same as harming yourself. The first, and very worst sin: Not recognizing that you are G-d. If you would just embrace that you and everyone else on this planet is G-d, you would never be able to sin again. We would eradicate war, poverty, ignorance and disease. So the whole premise that man is sinful is a lie. The premise that we are separated from G-d, is also a lie.
Law # Three: Jesus Christ is G-d’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him alone we can know G-d personally and experience G-d’s love. The “provision for man’s sin” is for a man or woman to come to the realization that we are G-d. That’s it. So that is the first lie here. The second is Jesus: there is ample evidence that Jesus never existed. The history goes against the existence of an historical Jesus. There are a ton of contradictions between the four Gospel accounts. Here’s a few: the town of Nazareth did not exist during the time period that Jesus is alleged to have lived. There is no record of Herod sending his troops to massacre any children in Bethlehem. There is a record of a man named Jesus being crucified. In fact there are hundreds. Jesus was as common a name among Jews in that time as it is is among Mexicans today. Not a single one of them had their crimes inscribed on a sign hanging at the top of the cross. The Gospels themselves are not “eye witness” but in fact were written over fifty years after the alleged crucifixion (Note: In that time period, the majority did not live much past 35). There is a ton of this kind of stuff.
Law # Four: We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know G-d personally and experience His love. The problem here is an impossible exercise to experience something that the normal human being experiences every day of their lives. 1) You can’t receive someone who never existed. 2) We know G-d personally and experience their love simply by breathing. YOU ARE G-D! G-D IS YOU! There is nothing you can do to change this, except, denying that it’s true.
They turned 41 today.
41. That’s 4 decades plus a year..
They are both videographers. Jordan works for ABC-7 (WBKB-TV) in Chicago, and Jesse has his own video production business. Jordan has won, I think, 6 Chicago area Emmy awards for his camera work and for editing. Jesse specializes in surgeries. He is one of about 6 in the country that do that. Maybe in the world. As you can tell I am very, very proud of both of them.
Their mother and I did not know we were having twins. Her doctor didn’t know. So, imagine the surprise on May 8th, 1981 when we witnessed not one, but two births, about 5 minutes apart. Seems like yesterday.
They have both achieved the American dream. They own houses and cars. They are both married to very beautiful and intelligent women, Nikki and Lyndsay. Jordan is father to Cam, Ian and Joy. Jesse is father to Mia, Poppy and Dorothy. Cam and Mia are in High School. Both of them are artists, and Cam seems to be a budding entomologist.
Here is a picture of the two of them from a few years ago:
Left to Right: Jesse. Jordan
Happy birthday sons. Your father is very, very proud of you.
Went to Kirtan a couple weeks ago. It was the first one held in two years indoors. Last summer we had a few outdoor Kirtans at Redwood Park in Arcata. This was the first back at Om Shala Yoga Studio. Only four musicians, but maybe the rest will return once things get more established. The event attracted a pretty good crowd. I counted about 60 people.
It was good. Very, very good.
Then something bad happened. Well, maybe not bad, but very inappropriate. After the end, a lady started circulating a petition for “health choice freedom.” Only it wasn’t about a woman’s health choices. It wasn’t about abortion. It was a petition against mask and vaccine mandates.
I had to hold my tongue when she approached me. You know, I’ve written about this in the past. Back at the height of the pandemic, it was my opinion that the Govt. build some new internment camps. I would -propose that a fleet of vans be sent out and go door to door, equipped with nurses and National Guardsmen.
The Nurse knocks on the door, “Hello how are you? Have you been vaccinated?” “Yes, I have.” “Very good. Have a nice day.”
Next stop, “”Hello how are you? Have you been vaccinated?” “No, I haven’t.” “I can vaccinate you right here, right now.” “Great, let me have it!.”
Next stop, ““Hello how are you? Have you been vaccinated?” “No.” “Ok, I can vaccinate you right here, right now.” “No, I don’t believe in that.” “Ok. No worries,” and then the nurse signals to the National Guardsman to take the person, or persons, into custody. They are taken to an internment camp to live with other unvaccinated people.
I know this isn’t probably a very popular idea, but, “the good of the many outweighs the good of the few.”
But I didn’t confront this woman. Not at Kirtan. I wasn’t going to counter an inappropriate act with another. So I lied. I told her I had signed it at Safeway. She kind of gave me the stink eye. I think she knew I was lying. Well, I wear this red string around my left wrist. It’s to ward off just such a thing.
But – you know? Kirtan is sacred space. Politics should be left outside the door.
I have spoken.