FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE THE LORDíS PRAYER BUT DONíT KNOW HOW TO UNDERSTAND IT AND USE IT
FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE THE LORD'S PRAYER BUT DON'T KNOW
HOW TO UNDERSTAND IT AND USE IT
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who
has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended
us to forgo their use." ---Galileo Galilei, a deeply religious
he made us the way we are. our job is to find out who and
what we are and how we work---human nature---and how the world works.
Who art in heaven---
god isn't going to tell us the answers. he is there, in heaven. we are
here. he already gave us what we need (our brain-critical thinking)
to figure out what we need to figure out: the correct beliefs
and how to use them.
Hallowed be thy name---
don't misunderstand his will (use your brain). it is correct.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done. On earth as it is in heaven---
when we figure out who and what we are, have the correct beliefs
and use them, his kingdom, perfect in heaven, will exist on earth,
not before. this will always be the case.
Give us this day our daily bread----
bread? what we need to live-correct beliefs and their resultant
behaviors that benefit our life and others' lives. who decides
what the bread is? us? experts? newspapers? how to know which
bread? how do we know when we have it? hard to do-that's why
you're praying. but, you need to know for what you are praying.
they're not things. They are correct beliefs. that's why an open
and critical mind is necessary.
Forgive us our trespasses-as we forgive those who trespass
what is our forgiveness? recognizing our mistakes, false beliefs
and their resultant behaviors, and no longer making them. what
are our trespasses? false beliefs and behaviors based on them,
false gods, false prophets. Are they the beliefs we choose? no,
because you don't know you're mistakenly choosing them. that's
why you're praying - for that information. If you had the correct beliefs you wouldn't need to pray for forgiveness. Or, the ones we have
no clue about? yes. How do we know them? by their fruits.
look at your beliefs on any issue and judge whether their fruits are ripe, sweet, and life giving for everyone (not just yourself) or not.
you will know this if you are honest and truly want forgiveness.
Who are trespassing against us? the false beliefs,
the ones who give us false beliefs, the false gods and prophets.
how do we forgive them? by discovering our false beliefs
and no longer believing them. We don't need to forgive people themselves because once we have the correct beliefs about them and ourselves, our forgiveness of them has already happened. why is our forgiveness dependent
on our forgiving? because until you discover the false beliefs,
gods, and prophets, and dump them, you're not forgiven-you keep
making the same mistakes, over and over, believing your beliefs
And lead us not unto temptation---
lead? we have, he gave us, instincts that, when used inappropriately,
drag us by the nose into incorrect beliefs and their resultant
behaviors. Instincts used appropriately, with understanding of their uses and limitations, lead us. what is temptation? those beliefs that make
us feel good instead of their doing good (making ripe fruit) for
ourselves and others. believing instinctively instead of counterinstinctively.
believing uncritically in false prophets and false gods, experts,
without questioning and with a closed mind because you are afraid
and these false beliefs feel good.
but deliver us from evil---
deliver? he gave you a brain and expects you to use it. your
brain will deliver you the truth if you use it. evil? not
using your brain to discover what is correct so that you can be
forgiven. closed mindedness. uncritical thinking and emotional
for thine is the kingdom, power, and glory, forever and ever---
this is how HE made us. we didn't invent ourselves. we will
always be this way. The forgiving and life giving truth, for everyone, will always be available to us if
we seek it.