Can the Bible Teach Us Anything Genuine?

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

This is going to be hard for me to write, because I’ve always had a problem with the way religion misrepresents spirituality. I feel like religion gives spirituality a bad name, and especially when it comes to tolerance, religion has failed to reflect the messages of various enlightened messiahs, prophets, masters, etc.

I’ve always resisted religion because it uses control and uptight dogma to keep us from understanding true spirituality, and I feel like it was devised to make people forget what spirituality is supposed to be.

Spirituality doesn’t have to be associated with control or giving up our lives just to be in God’s favor, but religion has twisted and perverted it into something that completely contradicts its original meaning.

Not to mention that people have been (and continue to be) killed senselessly for centuries in the name of God or because of some ‘holy’ book. I could probably write a whole book of my own on why we shouldn’t put our faith in religion, which is why it’ll be difficult to say what I want to say.

The bible (and various other religious books) has obviously been edited by leaders throughout history who wanted to control their people, but I don’t think we should give up on it.

In my opinion, a big portion of the bible is nonsense that has nothing to do with true spirituality, and we really don’t need it. However, if we read certain verses with a conscious, open-minded perspective, we can decode them and find little gems of genuine spiritual advice.

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We have to understand that most spiritual text centers on finding enlightenment, whether we realize it or not, and a lot of bible verses are actually encoded lessons that can help us on the enlightenment path.

There’s a reason so many spiritual teachers use religious terminology – all of the texts and teachers are united in the goal of helping their followers find enlightenment.

A lot of people (like the late great Terence McKenna) tell us to distrust ideology of any kind and find our own way, and this is great advice, but it doesn’t change the fact that the bible and various other spiritual texts can teach us about enlightenment and a higher consciousness.

We just have to interpret the things we read in ways that help us. For example: When I read a spiritual teacher’s writings about giving God all of our faith and devotion, I translate it as putting our faith and devotion into love and our higher consciousness.

When a bible verse talks about giving ourselves away to God, I translate it as giving ourselves to enlightenment, which completely empties us before refilling us with God’s love and awareness. When I read that we should be ‘obedient to God’, I translate it as staying disciplined and dedicated to our spiritual practices.

It’s all a matter of interpretation, and we can take these spiritual texts or leave them. We’ll find our way back home no matter what we do, but should we choose to open up to these books or the teachers who can help us take the next step, we might learn some valuable lessons.

It isn’t easy for me to be open to the bible or spiritual teachers who talk so much about God, but I’m learning that there’s a lesson in everything. When we read something that sounds ridiculous, we learn to be more discerning and we skip right past it and look for something that will help us.

I’m not saying we have to be completely open to spiritual texts or teachers, but we don’t have to be so rigid toward them either. Everything has its role to play, and if we can be open to things we once rejected, we might understand how they’re relevant and maybe let them teach us a thing or two.

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The first step is to open up to them, and the second step is to remember only to take what resonates with us and let the rest be. This process of picking and choosing what advice is helpful can actually connect us with our higher consciousness, because it allows us to grow closer with our authentic truth.

So the next time we want to trash religion or the bible, let’s try to be a little more open and centered in love. Even the religious people we think are brainwashed are following a path that works for them, and we don’t have to agree with their path to show them love or acceptance.

They might not accept us, but we can take the high road and show them love anyway.

Not every religious person is crazy or overly judgmental, and not everything that’s written in the bible is meant to confuse or mislead us. There really are genuinely loving religious people and genuinely helpful religious texts, and if we try hard enough, we’ll find them.

If we’re passionate enough about bringing the world together that we’re willing to open up to things we once resisted, we could make it easier for the world’s religions to accept each other instead of killing each other in the name of their quarreling, illusory gods.

Our actual creator doesn’t want us to turn its sacred creation into a battlefield, and if the conscious community can learn to tolerate religion, we could eventually persuade various religions not to be so hateful or judgmental toward each other.

We could bring the world together, but for now, let’s focus on how these spiritual texts can help us personally. You might not agree with what I’m about to say, but I really do think a fundamental truth underlies every religion, belief system and spiritual text.

We can search for this truth independently without the assistance of any spiritual teacher or text, or we can receive that extra bit of assistance that might make some things clearer. The choice is ours, but no matter what we choose, let’s try to be little more tolerant of people who think differently – even if they don’t tolerate us.

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I’m a twenty-two year old spiritual writer, blogger and channel for the creative expression of the inner universe, and I created The Culture of Awareness daily news site.

The Culture of Awareness features daily spiritual and alternative news, articles I’ve written, and more. Its purpose is to awaken and uplift by providing material about the fall of the planetary elite and a new paradigm of unity and spirituality.

I’ve contributed to a few different spiritual websites including The Master Shift, Waking Times, Golden Age of Gaia, Wake Up World and Expanded Consciousness. I can also be found on Facebook (Wes Annac and The Culture of Awareness) and Twitter, and I write a paid weekly newsletter that you can subscribe to for $11.11 a month here.

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One thought on “Can the Bible Teach Us Anything Genuine?”

  1. You say we should not neglect religious texts because of their spiritual value. It’s true that the books Psalms and Proverbs are greatly spiritual and helpful, but there is little uselessness in the other parts of the bible at all. The bible isn’t just a to-do list telling people what they need to do to be a Christian, or the historical records of godly men who once were on Earth. Every story, saying, prophecy and record in the bible has ‘nothing to do with true spirituality’ because that is not the point of it in the first place. It is to reflect the character of God and the necessity of his love for our salvation.

    You also mention how the bible has been altered over time to better control people. I agree because the message has gotten a lot softer than it used to be. The King James Version is the most prominent and accurate translation of the bible in the US, but the New International Version is slowly overtaking the KJV because it is easier to read and more inviting. You would think consequently that the NIV better manipulates Christians, and it does. However, the fact that it is so easy to accept and you say ‘not everything that’s written in the bible is meant to confuse or mislead us’, means that the message of God has been died down so that anyone could accept it. Instead the bible is supposed to be difficult to accept because God’s message goes against our natural desires. I’m assuming you are not a Christian and I want to respectfully say although you admire some of the bible for its spirituality, you would probably change your mind after hearing the message from Jesus. This is not to say that the NIV is useless, but some of the meaning has been lost or glamorized in translation.

    Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” In other words, he says all your spirituality is useless unless you accept Jesus, whom the whole bible talks about. Many Christians are tricked into only being taught the affectionate Christian principles as you have shared, and I know I cannot argue someone into the Kingdom of God but I wanted you to know that there is only one truth and the rest without Jesus is pointless.

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