Category Archives for "Redifining Religion"

Dec 13

The Truth: Jesus’s True Two Commandments

By shaydawkins | Intellectual Rebel Podcast , Redifining Religion

“Solution” Shay Dawkins, host of the Intellectual Rebel Podcast, explains the truth, a global truth, by defining Jesus’s Two Commandments that are not preached, discussed, or emphasized nearly enough. For both the religious and the anti-religious, know that Jesus’s Two Commandments are quite different from the many messages of Christianity. Jesus’s message is truly quite practical yet profound for anyone, regardless of your belief system, because it focuses on showing you where to find true love, how to find it, and how to truly live in love via learning to have a loving relationship with yourself. Continue reading

Jul 31

Your Beliefs Are Your Religion (Guest Article)

By realminded22 | Redifining Religion

Religion is defined as the ‘belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or Gods.’ The general notion with religion is this idea of an extraordinary power external to us will aid us through our individual lives, especially when we’re faced with testing times. Don’t get me wrong, with the balance of the universe and mankind, you will need your share of luck or at least a feeling of it; the truth is, there’ll be bad luck and there’ll be good luck, blessings and lessons, but if we were to solely rely on luck to be in our favour, for most of our lives, we’d become helpless and possessed by life’s way of being rather than our own.

As a religion is based upon a constitution of beliefs, so are we as human beings, but a lot more of them as we are wholly reflective of our beliefs and disbeliefs. Our mind is the complex system we find ourselves in that can grow us into the character we aspire to be or similarly, grow us into the character we don’t want to be; either way, the mind matters most because it’s the source of change and your highest power.

The 3 C’s of life:

  • CHOICES
  • CHANCES
  • CHANGES

“You’ve got to make the choice to take a chance if you want your life to change.”

 It all starts with the choices you make; it often helps in your daily vast living to consciously gather your thoughts together mindfully. In those moments, you can help yourself regain focus on the larger picture and more notably, the steps in front of you that are there to be taken in the moment.

Your journey to self-discovery and self-mastery starts with unleashing the Godliness that lies within you, to commit to what seems extraordinary and beyond your doing because nothing that matters to you is beyond that, it’s just beyond your knowing, in the unknown, waiting on you to find it.

“The only real limitation on your abilities is the level of your desires. If you want it badly enough, there are no limits on what you can achieve.” – Brian Tracy

Don’t succumb to nor amplify the weaknesses within you that waste the finite mental energy you have, nor the false belief that chance will lead you to all that you want to have and the person you desire to be. Life is an exploration of your mind to uncover the beliefs and realisations that will take you to your own place of entitlement.

Open your mind and you open yourself to new ideas and new possibilities, or else, remain enclosed to what you already think and know and limit your doing at your own peril.  Just because you’ve come to a standstill in your own comfort doesn’t mean time has; time is forever passing and change is occurring, always.

“We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.” – Judy Garland

 Time is priceless and when we don’t use it with our sense of purpose as often as we can, we become overly influenced by the external world and its own complexities, especially with other minds and contradicting beliefs. For you to serve a life that satisfies you, you’ll need to worship the beliefs that’ll serve you.

“The significance of being born human is that you have the potential to become limitless. It is up to you to live your Godliness.” – Sadhguru

Your affirmations will shape you as a character, shape the journey you endure and the experiences you live to see. Belief roots from self; the key belief to withhold through everything life puts in front of us is belief in ourselves. Believe in yourself so deeply that you are consumed by that belief alone; the unimaginable becomes doable and your life will transpire into a journey of living rather than existence.

This is a guest post from Ajay Mohanadas. Mr. Mohanadas is the Founder of RealMinded.com. He is a student of life and a free thinker. He believes “life is best seen as a process through progress.”

 

 

Jul 09

Salvation: How is it attained?

By shaydawkins | Redifining Religion

As referenced in the first article of the Redefining Religion series, Refining the Concept of God, God is unseen, supernatural, and resides within. As discussed in that article, God represents positive, supernatural emotions. Every individual is capable of accessing these positive, supernatural emotions because every individual is capable of “changing their thoughts” at any second. With that being said, “accessing positive emotions” for a moment and “living in positive emotions” in the long-term are two totally different things. “Living in positive emotions” directly ties into the concept of “attaining salvation” or “being saved.” So, how is salvation attained?

Simply put, salvation is attained when one commits to having a “LOVING RELATIONSHIP with ONESELF.” As laid out below in Jesus’s MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENT, one must choose to LOVE one’s HEART (the “desire-decisions” that establish who one really is), SOUL (one’s unique personality), MIND (one’s logic and reasoning skills to reach balanced conclusions), and STRENGTH (one’s force to overcome).

Jesus’s ONE Most Important Commandment

Jesus has ONE most important commandment. With the understanding that God dwells within, this concept is simple to grasp yet a little more elusive to fully understand. To more fully understand this concept, check out my book, iSin: Upgrade To Life 2.0, because it is essentially a 60,000+ word in-depth yet practical guideline (written from first-hand experiences and comprehensive research over 6 years) on “how to truly love yourself.”

The original text of the New Testament was written in Greek. I’ve cited the original Greek words along with a brief definition in the parentheses beside the English words (HEART, SOUL, MIND, and STRENGTH) that replaced them in our modern day Bibles. The section below the following verse entitled, “Loving God Is Ultimately Loving You, Your Inner Self,” lists the full definition of these Greek words, and annotates the source I used to find these definitions. I feel by defining the Greek words, the Bible was originally written in, enables the Verse to be more thoroughly understood.

Mark 12: (28-31) NIV
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.30Love the Lord your God (God dwells WITHIN) with all your HEART (Kardia: “desire-decisions” that establish who we really are; mind, character, inner self) and with all your SOUL (Psuché: your unique personality) and with all your MIND (Dianoia: thoughts; to use thorough REASONING SKILLS to reach balanced conclusions) and with all your STRENGTH (Ischus: force to overcome; strength).’31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is NO COMMANDMENT greater than these.” 

 

Loving GOD is Ultimately Loving You, Your Inner Self!

Your INNER Self = Your UNSEEN Self (Your Thoughts and Your Emotions)

Kardia: desire-decisions that establish who we really are, mind, character, inner self, will, and INTENTIONS
2588kardía – heart; “the affective center of our being” and the capacity of moral preference (volitional desire, choice; see P. Hughs, 2 Cor, 354); “desire-producer that makes us tick” (G. Archer), i.e. our “desire-decisions” that establish who we really are.
[Heart (2588 /kardía) is mentioned over 800 times in Scripture, but never referring to the literal physical pump that drives the blood. That is, “heart” is only used figuratively (both in the OT and NT.]
NASB Word Usage
heart (102), heart’s (1), hearts (49), mind (2), minds (1), quick (1), spirit (1). http://concordances.org/greek/2588.htm

Psuché: (a) the vital breath, breath of life, (b) the human soul, (c) the soul as the seat of affections and will, (d) the self, (e) a human person, an individual.
5590psyxḗ (from psyxō, “to breathe, blow” which is the root of the English words “psyche,” “psychology”) – soul (psyche); a person’s distinct identity (unique personhood), i.e. individual personality.
5590 (psyxē) corresponds exactly to the OT 5315 /phágō (“soul”). The soul is the direct aftermath of God breathing (blowing) His gift of life into a person, making them an ensouled being.
NASB Word Usage
heart (2), heartily (1), life (36), lives (7), mind (1), minds (1), person (1), persons (3), soul (33), souls (14), suspense* (1), thing (1). http://concordances.org/greek/5590.htm

Dianoia: thoughts; to use thorough reasoning skills to reach balanced conclusions
1271diánoia (from 1223 /diá, “thoroughly, from side-to-side,” which intensifies 3539 /noiéō, “to use the mind,” from 3563 /noús, “mind”) – properly, movement from one side (of an issue) to the other to reach balanced-conclusions; full-orbed reasoning (= critical thinking), i.e. dialectical thinking that literally reaches “across to the other side” (of a matter).
1271 /diánoia (“critical thinking”), literally “thorough reasoning,” incorporates both sides of a matter to reach a meaningful (personal) conclusion. Such “full-breadth reasoning” is essential to loving (25 /agapáō) the Lord and our neighbor (see Mk 12:30). It is also the instrument of self-destruction when exercised without God’s light and power (Lk 1:51; Eph 2:3, 4:18; Col 1:21).
NASB Word Usage
mind (7), minds (2), thoughts (1), understanding (2)http://concordances.org/greek/1271.htm

Ischus: force to overcome, strength
2479isxýs (from the Gk root is, “force” and 2192/exō, “have”) – properly, force to overcoming immediate resistance.
NASB Word Usage
might (5), power (1), strength (4). http://concordances.org/greek/2479.htm

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Jul 09

Refining the Concept of God

By shaydawkins | Redifining Religion

As discussed in the introduction of the Redefining Religion blog post category, the goal of the Redefining Religion content is to redefine common religious concepts, specifically in regards to the religion of Christianity–the religion I, Shay Dawkins, am all too familiar with from growing up in the heart of the Bible Belt (Birmingham, Alabama).  For this article, “Refining the Concept of God,” I am addressing all religious followers in all religious belief systems, believers of anti-religious belief systems (i.e. atheists), and anyone who finds themselves in between (i.e. agnostics). This article is addressed to humanity in its entirety.
To redefine religion in the more beneficial and common sense way (based in old fashioned logic and reason) I will, I feel the first concept that must be addressed is the “concept of God.” In order to truly understand who God is and what God represents, here are three literal aspects of God that I feel are most important to emphasize.

UNSEEN

Regardless of your belief system, I feel most of us can agree that God cannot be seen physically or literally (i.e. I cannot go type in a physical address into my GPS and drive to a destination that will enable me to physically “see God”). Thus, God is not physical yet this does not mean “God is not real.” There are many EMOTIONS we cannot see, but we know are real because we can FEEL them. For example, you can’t physically see “love or happiness” yet you can feel those emotions; you can’t physically see “hate or anger,” but you can truly feel those emotions too. For my argument, let’s perceive God in the same context we perceive emotions in that we cannot “see emotions,” but we can “feel emotions.”

SUPERNATURAL

Regardless of your belief system, I feel most us can agree that if a person where to “attain access to God,” then this person would be “special” or “not your average Joe.” For my logical argument, I feel “natural” should be defined as “living in NATURAL, NEGATIVE emotions” (i.e. fear, anger, agony, hate, sorrow, disappointment, etc.). Thus, to “live in God” would be to live in “SUPERNATURAL, POSITIVE emotions” (i.e. courage, peace, joy, love, hope, fulfillment, etc.). These POSITIVE emotions are “SUPERNATURAL” because they are not natural; they are the opposite of the “NATURAL, NEGATIVE emotions.”

WITHIN, INTERNALLY 

The “seed of God” or “potential for POSITIVE, SUPERNATURAL emotions” dwells WITHIN all of those who have control of their thoughts because an individual’s emotions are generated, first and foremost, from their thoughts. Regardless of your belief system, I feel we all can agree that every individual has the ability to “change their mind” at any point. Thus, to activate GOD (POSITIVE EMOTIONS) a person must simply train their mind to THINK BETTER. This enables “GOD (POSITIVE EMOTIONS)” to become relevant and accessible to everyone, no matter where you are located or what you are doing in the world. 

Feel free to click the following highlighted link, “Improve Your EQ,” to visit another article of mine that provides a quick exercise showing how your thoughts generate your emotions.  


Verses iterating that God dwells within (there are many more):

1 Corinthians 3: 16 KJV
16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells IN YOU

1 Corinthians 6: 19 NIV
19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is IN YOU, whom you have received from God?

John 14: 10 NIV
10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, LIVING IN ME, who is doing his work.

In conclusion, I’d love to hear your thoughts regarding the material discussed. Whether you agree or disagree is irrelevant, Intellectual Rebel is a hub of open discourse. So, I urge you to voice your unique thoughts or just comment with a simple “agree,” “disagree,” or “somewhere in between.” Thank you and have a blessed day!

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