The state of affairs in the UK at this time really points to the country being on a knife-edge. There is the potential of total disintegration, while at the same time Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the young at the Glastonbury Festival in order to give them hope - that it is possible to have a society that is joined up and for the benefit of the many, not the few. And that was partly the message of another 'JC': Jesus Christ.
Today we rather downplay religion, yet I yesterday saw a news clip where a far-right demonstrator demanded that we maintain our "Christian values". It does occur to me that we don't take religion seriously because we do not trust those "Christian values", and why don't we trust them? Simply - I suggest - because only fragments of Christianity get taught, and there are now so many sects of the broad church that are in existence, with each of them emphasising different elements of Christianity. Worse, religion usually becomes Church-centred rather than Truth-centred. The total result is that we mostly have an emotional view (and, often, a political misinterpretation) of what the teachings are, and many may not realise that there's a lot more to be taught that has been hidden.
The full truth of the teachings of Jesus will soon be openly known, I believe, And as the Muslims come to the end of this year's annual major fast - Ramadhan - I would like to post this interpretation of the meaning of Islam, which is in concert with what Jesus taught: I suggest that if the far-right protester I mentioned was to read this he would wonder - if he really knew what Christian teachings are - what is the difference!
Islam [literally] means surrender to God. It teaches that God's Grace can be won through justice and righteous living; and not through wealth, scholarship or power. All who in a spirit of surrender and dedication, live in peace and harmony in society are in fact, followers of Islam. Islam insists on full coordination between thought, word and deed. Muslim holy men and sages have been emphasising the need to inquire into the validity of the 'I' which feels it is the body and the 'I' which feels it is the mind, and reach the conclusion that the real 'I' is the self-learning for the Omni Self, God. During the Ramadhan month, the fast and the prayers are to awaken and manifest this realisation. No matter which religion you follow, remember that the emphasis should be on unity, harmony and equal-mindedness (my italics).The spiritual messenger who uttered these words goes on: "Therefore cultivate love, tolerance and compassion, and demonstrate this Truth in daily activity."
All true religious ways are intended to achieve the same thing, but we often need reminding of that.
The politics of this country - and of the world - need to come to grips with these Truths. The true ultimate aim of life is not wealth and prosperity of the material kind, but the overall happiness of all. And if we were to realise that fact, the tendency we find in business practice to cheat (taking the awful Grenfell fire as a major example) will disappear as we demand to have transparency and Truth in all our dealings.
Thank you for reading this.