What hurts – Religion Itself, or the Bastardisation of Religion? 

Mention the word ‘religion’ and it either goes very quiet or incites an unexpected debate, should you have struck a believer. And in many (possibly most?) circles, it is anything but fashionable to profess to being religious. Unless you are famous, of course; in which case, you get away with murder, or just about.

But what is it that makes us cringe, shrink, turn the other way, ignore the remark or smile limply – in other words, what makes us scramble for shelter at the mere mention of the word?

Is this an aversion against religion itself or is it more and much deeper than this? The former is certainly the easy and handy answer in our world of shallowness and profanities, of abuse, terror, angst, cruelty and obvious godlessness (oh God, don’t mention God please!).

But what if our aversion to religion is deeper than the easily observable mess the world is in? Why indeed such repulsion and disdain? Surely it must run deeper than a mere “what good has religion ever done?” “Religion is so outdated and yesteryear” or “leave me alone with organised religion”, to name but a few of the many possible and seemingly plausible objections.

I used to be an expert at these objections and have listed only a few of my milder if not outright weak and impotent utterances here. Nothing like an ‘intelligent’ person to take the mickey out of religion and give it a marathon run for its money!

But was there a deeply buried hurt underneath this façade of bravado and intelligence, combative posturing and explosive verbiage?

Looking back at it now I can say without a shadow of doubt that it was a deep inner knowing of a true religion that made me react so strongly if not verbally violently at times, the knowing of a true religion that:

  • doesn’t distinguish between races, skin colour, gender, education, social standing, etc.
  • doesn’t hold some as more deserving than others
  • doesn’t label one lot of people as chosen at the expense of everyone else
  • doesn’t call one single person a ‘Son of God’ to the exclusion of all others, no matter how magnificent that person’s contribution to humanity has been
  • doesn’t support greed, lies, murder, genocide, money laundering and corruption
  • doesn’t harbour criminals in their midst and thinks itself as above the law
  • doesn’t turn a blind eye to hypocrisy, deception and deceit
  • doesn’t spawn suicide attacks
  • doesn’t demand faith or allegiance
  • isn’t based on belief systems
  • isn’t self-serving
  • doesn’t preach of sin, purgatory and hell
  • doesn’t subscribe to the void or nothingness
  • doesn’t demand obedience or subservience
  • … and this list is endless, as you can well imagine

So what then is true religion, you may ask? And does it exist?

Well, if you are still with me and haven’t politely or even brusquely turned away, it does exist and it is called The Way of The Livingness. It is not a new religion by any stretch of the imagination but it is the true religion in my book, and for many. The Way of The Livingness is based on the Ageless Wisdom, the unwritten deep knowing at the core of every human being – every woman, man and child. Its modern representative is the world teacher Serge Benhayon, founder of Universal Medicine.

The Way of The Livingness is the antithesis of all the points listed above and so much more – and then some; it is all we have always deep down known religion to be in its untainted, uncorrupted, pure and unadulterated state; it is the direct and bodily felt connection to God from the depth of the inner-heart. It is true religion in the meaning of its deepest roots (religare = to bind) and it does bind us, if we so choose and in our own timing, to and within the All we all unavoidably belong to; and it does so even when we think it doesn’t concern us and turn the other way. Why? Because we cannot but be what we are, whether we like it or not, agree with it or not.

By Gabriele Conrad, Goonellabah, NSW Australia

Related Reading:
The Way of The Livingness – Where can I Register?
The Way of The Livingness – It’s My Religion
Why Serge Benhayon and The Way of The Livingness Makes Sense

518 thoughts on “What hurts – Religion Itself, or the Bastardisation of Religion? 

    1. I agree Leigh – we all have a deep and great sense of what true religion is, as this is what we lived as children. A quality that never really leaves us, it is only us that changes our relationship with it.

  1. I agree – so many people are put off by the lies they feel in the way the word ‘religion’ gets used. The true meaning of the word religion is so exquisitely beautiful yet represents something so normal to all of us, and there’s no need whatsoever for us to belong to any organisation to be religious. The truth gets eroded as we allow anything less than absolute to mean what a word represents and we have continued to move in a way that would ‘advance’ in that vector.

  2. It is so very true Gabriele, that we all have a deep inner-knowing of what true religion is. As by virtue of the fact that we are all Souls, we in essence know our innate way of being is religious in nature. Living in connection to our inner-most through all that we do, we live the truth that represents the equalness and interconnectedness of us all, our true and Soulful way.

  3. It is true that we do have to totally re-imprint the word religion… And it is in fact the responsibility of each and every one of us who do know and treasure the connection with the divine that is possible, and that actually lives within us.

  4. Absolutely – religion doesn’t hurt us, it’s what we’ve made it to be that hurts us. I wonder how everyone would feel about religion if we approached it completely freshly without first being tainted by the man-made dogmas, issues and problems that exist now.

    1. We would be totally unencumbered by any notions, ideas or misinterpretations of what ‘religion’ apparently is and would live true religion from our body.

  5. The Way of the Livingness “is true religion in the meaning of its deepest roots (religare = to bind) and it does bind us, if we so choose and in our own timing, to and within the All we all unavoidably belong to; and it does so even when we think it doesn’t concern us and turn the other way. Why? Because we cannot but be what we are, whether we like it or not, agree with it or not.” So agree Gabriele. The Way of the Livingness is unlike any other religion, as there are no rules or institutions to follow. When we listen to our inner heart – and just be our true selves, reconnecting deeply with ourselves and with God – this is the religion I want to embrace.

  6. The thing about The Way of the Livingness that has meant I have been able to relate to and then reconnect to within myself is the physical practicality of it. We get to know religion and God through being more present and honouring of our bodies. The path to the Divine is physical and temporal (worldly).

  7. So beautiful to read what religion is, it’s an absolute knowing in my body. Very much appreciated reading what it isn’t too, especially this one which I know I’ve not fully allowed myself to embrace – time to no longer buy into any being better than another for how pious one is or being less worthy and in need of penance for ones sins. ‘doesn’t call one single person a ‘Son of God’ to the exclusion of all others, no matter how magnificent that person’s contribution to humanity has been’.

  8. We do know, even as children, what true religion is, as it really is innate. What Jesus spoke about in terms of love and brotherhood are the things we naturally have already in the purity of the essence we are born as. If we remove children and adults from that essence via the systems, beliefs, and ideals of life, then the perhaps a truly religious practice would be to let each other be and to foster all human beings to be their natural selves, and to simply remove all that imposes on this inner essence.

    1. As it is with true healing and the restoration of what we innately and in essence are, it is always a question of getting rid of what we are not – in this case the beliefs and ideals we use as props and impose on our children, ourselves and everyone.

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