Proof of the pudding is in eating. Can a cook escape blame by serving mush instead of pudding? But the way we go about it we might as well ask what is wrong with us?
We are humans and we are short on truth but infinite in our intentions. You ask the politicians who are caught with unaccounted money stuffed under the mattress and in Swiss accounts, off-shore accounts or with the mob. What will be their excuse? Will they own up they are swindlers? No they would come up with excuses. Surely they will have them ready. They might say they are holding up all the money to spend on the weal of people. You ask the fellow who is on the death row for killing. He is sure to say, ‘Pulling the trigger was a mistake. While my finger pulled I had a black-out and I was thinking of having dinner with my family.
Such are our prophets who speak of ‘ self purification’ but those who think they are the best interpreters of the prophet might translate it as ‘waging a war or *Jihad. Intentions are blind and cannot be taken as the real thing.
Our truth being such suspect do we connect it with what is knowable, quantifiable and what is workable? If God is truth and we cannot define God as he is, would it not be better to err on the safe side? I think it would be more practical to say,” Truth is what we make of from what we express best without fear and express naturally. From such we may trace origin of society, politics and our economic growth. In such free exchange of give and take truth must remain as a value everyone can subscribe to. Where there is freedom man thinks as well as do as free men. But what if our thinking has been compromised what shall be ?
As the twig is bent so is the tree. Man who has been subjected to unnatural influences shall learn to push the same ideas more twisted I must add, on whom they may impose upon. I can cite the case of Chas. Taze Russell.
Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916), American religious leader,
There are prophets self- appointed and those who think God set them up for a special mission. Under which category Charles Taze Russell belongs you may decide for yourself.
Prophets no matter what message they carry, begin in the household earthly parents. They show their upbringing no matter how bizarre or luminous their messages might be.
Russell began helping his father who had a chain of clothing stores. Naturally a man born to affluence and of his mercantile class would know how far one dollar would go. In 1911 the Brooklyn Eagle charged the “Pastor” with profiteering in the church’s sale of “miracle wheat” to members, who were told it would produce fantastic yields. Once touched by filthy lucre it is not difficult to see what motivates these self appointed prophets. They may claim a church of faithful adherents but the heart is in the money-box. Naturally he also founded a sect, known as Russellites or Millennial Dawnists, which provided the nucleus for the Jehovah’s Witnesses sect.
As for the quality of a prophet’s message is inescapably enmeshed with his or her early upbringing. Russell’s parents awed him at an early age with grim tales of hellfire and damnation. While helping his father build the family’s chain of clothing stores, Russell began to question the validity of including the concept of eternal damnation in Christian dogma. Bible study, fascination with the Millerite, or Adventist, movement, and his own inability to reconcile hell with the Christian concept of mercy caused him to develop a personal theology, which he began to teach others. Russell believed that Christ’s Second Coming might be invisible. When others were disappointed because Christ’s much-predicted advent did not seem to occur in 1874, Russell always had an answer. Did God put it there we may never know. Only that he had a ready answer. Russell believed it had happened invisibly, and he wrote The Object and Manner of Our Lord’s Returning.
We carry the burden of truth in our intentions but our tongue runs away with lies since these make way open for us. This seems to be the case of all human enterprises be it religion, politics or in finance.
*Jihad means “to struggle in the way of Allah”. Jihad appears 41 times in the Quran and frequently in the idiomatic expression “striving in the way of God (al-jihad fi sabil Allah)”.[wikipedia]