No religion is safe in the hands of priests. The pattern of irrational dependence on priestly favours impairs your child’s will to endure.
Note: Reading Valson’s article on protecting kids from:“Priest-craft”, reminded me of “witch-craft” and its vile machinations. It simply opened flood gates of too many wild and mild thoughts as a fitting introduction here. But I decided to present here a historic event: “What happened to someone after listening to the story of Bar Thimeus, the blind man and his prayer: “Lord that I may see!”
Almost by chance some one had gone to Church on a day which happened to be his 60th birthday, not because he was a pious church goer. Coincidence was accidental and the Gospel reading was that of the blind man and the brief commentary which made him restless. He discovered he was that blind man and wanted to “see” and prayed thousands of time “Lord I may see” for days and weeks.
During a night prayer at home in the family, suddenly a stream of thoughts flowed into his mind like an inspiration from above. Touched by the convincing logic he at once got up from his knees to jot them down, lest he forgets. What he wrote were the following imitating Bartimeus:
LORD THAT I MAY SEE
Lord that I may see today ALL
That YOU want me to see, and ONLY
What you want me to see today;
Lord that I may desire today ALL
That YOU want me to desire and ONLY
What you want me to desire today;
Lord that I may think today ALL
What YOU want me to think today and ONLY
What you want me to think today;
Lord that I may listen today ALL
that YOU want me to listen today and ONLY
what YOU want me to listen today;
Lord that I may speak today ALL
that YOU want me to speak and ONLY
what YOU want me to speak today;
Lord that I may write today ALL
that YOU want me to write and ONLY
what YOU want me to write today;
Lord that I may do today ALL
That YOU want me to do and ONLY
What YOU want me to do today;
Lord that I may be fully docile to YOUR
guidance in seeing,desiring,listening,
speaking,writing&doing all through this day,Amen
The stress in this prayer was on three words:ALL, YOU & ONLY, and so he thought this could be a model for a most unselfish prayer, since what is asked for are ALL that the Lord wants. To spread this idea he published an article on it and seeing it St.Pauls wrote asking for permission to make it a prayer card (Mose unexpected) with the request if he could write such prayers for their petty pocket monthly, “Inspirational Quote”.
Since the man was not used to writing prayers for sale, he replied he has three other small prayers made for private family use: “1. Waking up to God’s gentle touch; 2. Steer me straight and safe; 3 Use me today Lord,” and sent them with the reply. St.Pauls was happy to accept all three and make all into 4 prayer cards in English, Hindi and Malayalam and print a lakh of copies at no cost to the writer. The one who did all these is this Scribe himself. What follows is the inspiration he received during pryer and made a note of it immediately.
LORD makes it happen
Louis Evely, a famous writer wrote in one of his books: “If you desire something good, earnestly, honestly, constantly, unselfishly, feverishly and for the sake of God(or common good) it will happen; the LORD will make it happen for you.” It was a dream come true for me when those prayers got printed through inscrutable ways. In the initial stage when a copy typed and distributed reached the Parish Priest, he had suggested I get it printed and I had adamantly refused: “I will not print my own prayers for money.” But they came to be printed and sold through St.Pauls.
When every thing was sold out some approached me – sisters from Bangalore — for a few thousand copies but I had none, so gave them permission to print and take with no payment to me. Since all happened to me, all these are facts that happened over 20 years ago, all of which look totally “kelaidoscopic” as nothing was planned by me.
I pray them still every morning.
Those four are still my morning prayers and if you ask me: “What is your reaction to them now?” I have become very skeptical on many things, in the process of changing and so used to wonder why the one who asks just for one day to live as God alone wants, gets any number of months and years to live and so an insatiable longing to cross the portals of death just to see, touch and believe like the doubting Thomas!
That is why I refuse tooth and nail to be moved by the trumpeters of Faith brigade but prefer to be led by that light of REASON, even if it is as dim as that of a Fire Fly. In the mean time let the band wagon of Faith and blind believers have their free run, but only in private, personal domain, that too without resorting to violence.
No objection, if they believe or don’t believe in a living or dead God as Bonhoeffer advocated. But we did not speak of ‘churchless Christianity’ but did say that Christianity is dead and what is alive and kicking today is “Churchianity” or the Constantenian Church busy doing spiritual colonization through export of substitute priests, more correctly “priest-crafts”.
From a mundane point of view, they are a sure and steady source of income for the parent Constantine churches in India, like possessing a ‘Petrol Station’ in America, Europe or Gulf region. James Kottoor, editor CCV.
Please read below Valson’s topical article on Pedophilia
We know how crucial parenting is. Yet we remain indifferent to the harm we do to our children by exposing them to what Immanuel Kant calls ‘the religion of priest-craft’ (Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone, 1793).
This counterfeit religion peddles superstition as faith and is seriously harmful to our authenticity as human beings. Superstitious religiosity lures people because it is premised on manipulating God, via priest-craft, towards fulfilling wishes and desires. The more unmerited they are, the more eagerly we resort to priestly superstition.
Consider this. Your child is about to set off for the annual exams. You are anxious that he may not do well. “Son,” you say, slipping a crisp currency note into his hands, “Put this into the box at the shrine.” From where did you get this idea? Certainly not from scriptures. It is your priest, and his hoary predecessors, who taught your clan that God can be bribed and his favours bought at a price.
Sure, religion involves pleasing God. But the proper way to do this was to lead a godly life, living by values and ideals.The priest came along and held out an effortless way to secure God’s favour. He was an expert in the ‘ease of doing business with God’. In comparison, the spiritual way was a long shot. It involved a continual struggle with oneself, and a widening ripple of responsibilities towards others.
You could not love God, say, without loving your fellow human beings. And that was a damned difficult way to chase your desires, especially if they were selfish, as they usually are. Don’t you worry; the priest knows best to coerce God to favour you, irrespective of how ungodly you are.
Religion of priest-craft precipitates at least two serious issues for parenting. First, it inhibits your children’s rational faculties and renders them intellectually passive and susceptible to manipulation by others. The pattern of irrational dependence on priestly favours impairs your child’s will to struggle and to endure, as is necessary for character-formation and personality-development. The crippling of the will of children is an issue of extreme seriousness. No matter how good your child’s intensions are, they will remain unexpressed, if he is impaired in will. As a result, he will fail to act according to the values and ideals that he, otherwise, knows and approves.
The prime issue in ethical conduct—which all text books on values education overlook—is not that we do not know what is right, but that we lack the will to act on what we know to be right. A values-disposition is innate in your child. What you need to do as a parent is to nurture his strength of will so that he becomes an empowered agent of moral action. The religion of priest-craft cripples the will to act. While religion is a repository of values, priest-craft-ridden religiosity is a catalyst for corruption and an inhibitor of the will to act morally. That is because the priest, by making you mind only the link between religiosity and material rewards, prevents you from developing a disinterested commitment to moral principles, which is the essence of being authentically ethical.
If your child turns to God only for favours, then two things happen. First, he will never value God as God. He will value God as a sort of cosmic ATM, the priest being the gate-keeper. Second, he will fall away from God when his expectations begin to be frustrated, as they are sure to. Frustration of expectations—whims and fancies—is basic to personal development.
Morality is a source of enduring strength because it empowers you to choose ethical options without counting profit or loss. For this, your child has to know that morality is an end in itself, which is utterly contrary to the essence of priest-craft.
The mistaken idea that religion and reason are incompatible—faith-is-above-facts, being a variant of it—is an invention of priest-craft. Spirituality is rational. Reason guides righteous conduct. That is why spirituality is a domain of light. The prayer, “lead us from darkness to light” is incompatible with priest-craft. The serious concern this poses to parenting is that the religion of priest-craft inhibits your child’s capacity to think rationally and act morally. The will to act morally is the power of character and the essence of stature.
The more you burden your child with priest-craft ridden religiosity, the more you will cripple his rational makeup. Exposure to priest-craft is one of the reasons he succumbs to ‘peer-pressure’.
Today parents face two formidable challenges in parenting: the distractions of the virtual world and the aberrations of religiosity.
From the perspective of criminology, priests raping women or abusing children is the foremost issue. But from an educational point of view, the harmful effects of priest-craft on children is a greater cause for worry. For every woman or child abused by priests, there are thousands of children who are crippled by priest-craft infiltrating home, thanks to parental naivete. Parents should heed Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s words.
We should, exhorted the German spiritual thinker and martyr, live ‘as if God is dead’. He was not advocating atheism, but flagging the harmfulness of ‘bad faith,’ which makes people palms of all responsibilities to God. Bonhoeffer advocated also ‘churchless Christianity’.
No religion is safe in the hands of priests and pontiffs. Christian clerics have turned—of which Jesus warned—churches into dens of thieves. May be, you can’t help that. But you can, surely, protect your children from the corrupting, crippling effects of priest-craft. (Valson Thampu,Former principal of St Stephen’s College, New Delhi
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