THE GLOBAL LIE
The following story is a hypothetical discussion between Thomas and people from other nationalities and religions. Thomas had imagined it one day and then decided to write it from the first person perspective as well as the perspective of the other partakers of the discussion.
A little while after I was born, they baptized me Greek Orthodox. They told me this when I was older, and I understood a little more.
And you? The same with me, they baptized me Catholic.
And you? The same with me, they baptized me Protestant.
And you? The same with me, they baptized me Evangelical.
And you? And myself, they baptized me as a Muslim through circumcision etc.
When I was small, they told me that I was Greek.
You, what did they tell you? They told me I was German.
You? Arab etc.
When I was small they told me that I was Greek Orthodox and that God only blesses our church and loves it over and above all others, and that His ambassadors (or shall I say envoys) which are our priests and bishops are the only chosen ones on Earth.
You? They told me that I was Catholic and that our religion is the greatest and that our priests are God’s chosen ones.
You? They told me that our Protestant church is the one that God Himself made and that our priests are the chosen ones.
You? They told me that our Evangelical church is the most correct, and that only our church has the true representatives of God.
You? They told me that God’s chosen ones are the Muslims, that our mosques are the most correct and that only our Imams are the chosen ones etc.
When I was a little older, they took me to school so I can get educated, to learn Greek history, Greek religion, to learn of Greece’s friends and enemies. As such, they have taught me to hate you.
You? Myself also, they took me to school to learn about the history of our country and our nation’s religion and now I hate you.
You? Myself the same and I also hate you, etc.
When I became a teenager, they told me that you were all my enemies.
You? The same, that all of you are my enemies.
You? The same, that all of you are my enemies, etc.
When I got yet a little older, they told me to become a soldier so I can learn how to fight in the event that all of you may come to my country one day. They told me that you are not allowed to come and this is why I have to learn how to fight, so I can kill you.
You? Myself also, they told me to become a soldier in the event that you may also come, so I can be ready to kill you.
You? Myself also, they told me that I have to become a soldier so that in the event that you may come, to kill you, etc.
When I completed my soldier training, they told me to go and find a job so that I can get married, to start a family because that is what I had to do. But I did not have an understanding of what a family meant, what the responsibilities were and the country that I had learned from a young age to love above all else and to give my life for, I realized once I got married, that it cannot offer me anything (in terms of help). I realized that those who managed the wells of energy (money or other assets) made sure that they kept it to themselves and I who simply wanted to live, they told me that the country does not have the resources to make my ends meet. Τhere was not enough money (in the government) for me to have a free education. In order to have a good education I had to take private lessons but I didn’t have the money. I also saw that the government didn’t even have enough for medical care. I also realized that I could not find any work, it was not easy. It was only natural that there was just enough money for the very basics and the reason being is that a few people made sure to take it all. So I had to work even harder and longer and again I did not have enough to make ends meet. They told me to go to the bank if the money was not enough and take a mortgage against my dad’s home so I can educate my children, so I can survive and live; yet again I could not make ends meet. I work all day to pay taxes, water, electricity, everything else and there are taxes continually. I am scared that I will not be able to keep up and I will end up in jail.
You? They told me the same, to look for work, to get married, to build a family because that is what you are supposed to do and I have gotten myself entangled with thousands of problems! I cannot even find work.
You? And myself the same.
You? And myself the same.
To make light of the situation, so we can laugh, someone who was looking to get married asked a person who was already married, “how much does a wedding cost”? The married person responded, “I don’t know, I am still paying”. When I was growing up, I was faced with spiritual problems and as a result I acquired physical problems. I didn’t know what to do. I asked and people told me to go see a priest, to confess so that he can bless me. They told me to go to church because there might be a possibility that the devil has entered into me. They didn’t tell me, they hid it from me and I only understood it later that the sickness and the problems that I encountered were a result of my spiritual and economic lack but the truth was that these problems came from their own lies which I had adopted. Indeed they also told me to go see the doctor - maybe they didn’t fully believe that the priest can heal me, and yet I believed everything they said. They told me that God also sent the doctor.
I went to the priest to get some advice, to see whether the devil was at fault. As I entered the church to kiss the icon of Christ, I had to light a candle first. (you have to pay for a candle in a Greek orthodox church). The discussion between the priest and I eventually lead to a point where the priest was asking me to leave something for the poor, he wanted money. I left whatever I had. I later learned that in order for me to be baptized someone had to give money, to get married I had to give money, to go to church, money, a donation basket for one matter, a donation basket for another matter. (in Greek churches, in order to raise funds, the priest during his sermon sends out donation baskets to the congregation where people donate money), To die I need money, everyone wants money! I gave whatever I had but I was not cured spiritually or physically, so I went to the doctor. He accepted me with gladness, he examined me and afterwards I saw that he also needed money in order for me to proceed with the treatment that he set out for me! Where would I find so much money? The nation (my country) did not have a lot of money to give to me because it had to take care of some others of which there were more than a handful - from what I see today.
What did they tell you? To me they said the same thing, to go to my priest, to do whatever he thinks is right just in case the devil has entered in me. And I also gave money. Even though I did not understand what he was saying, I still had to do it. Afterwards, they also told me to go to the doctor, who also wanted money.
You? It was the same for myself also, I had to go to my own spiritual person, to do whatever he says and then go to the doctor.
When I noticed that my spiritual and physical problems were unresolved, I started to research further into how I can get better, you? Myself the same. You? I the same also.
So I started studying on my own and I started adopting whatever made me happy and contempt. In my research I noticed that whatever made me happy was pure, and although it may sound strange I found this purity in the wise words of many people but that which cured me of all of my problems were Christ’s words. I saw that when Christ’s words hit my ears and I applied them in my life, they had and continue to have a great impact in my life. For the first time in my life I was able to recognize something that is real. I call it real because it helped me to expose and distinguish whether we are living a certain truth or a lie and whatever is truth from what I read, actually did good in my life, it created happiness. I believed in Christ, I loved Christ because for the first time I encountered in His words, something so significant and true. I say true, because I felt it and lived it inside me every moment. Indeed I saw that in God’s rhythm, in His spirit, there is so much energy that the biochemical processes in the body change by themselves and the body starts to heal itself when you are truly happy and you serve the truth. Christ taught me the truth, and the truth heals. I immediately understood that God’s words have great value (or worth), I saw the value of the spirit, the same spirit which Christ revealed gives life. I got well from His advice and today the services of the priest or the doctor are no longer required because Christ made me happy. You? Myself the same. You? Myself the same.
As I continued to delve into life, I discovered in the Word of God, in the Gospel of Christ, the great power of love. I started to read more carefully and I started putting love in my life. Within this Word of God, I discovered that people talk about God but they have no relationship with Him. I also saw that those who say that they are of God, the truth that they preach of they do not practice. If they applied Christ’s love, the leaders of the Christian doctrines (religions), our world, our nation, my country would be a role model to be emulated and the whole world would be love. I know that my country has two nice gifts to give to the rest of the countries, the Greco-Christian civilization, and the civilization of the ancient Greek philosophers. Just as other countries themselves also have nice gifts to give which God has given to them. We all have a lot to give to each other, it would be good to understand that everything we have are gifts from God. All that is needed is the proper management of whatever we have. If I had learnt about love and the truth when I was little, if you all had learnt about love and truth from a young age, we would not have known about the lie that today prevails over all the nations of this world.
My brother do you see this? Yes!
You my brother do you see this? Yes, you are right and I also understood the same.
You? And I, understand the same.
When I wanted to apply myself to the principles of love, thus wanting to house in my life all those who until yesterday everyone stated were my enemies, (yet God taught me to love you all), they called me a heretic.
You? And I the same. I read and I learned about love and upon making the effort to house all of you in my life, they called me a heretic.
You? And I the same.
Could I make a suggestion?
‘Yes make a suggestion’, everyone said.
My siblings, all of us today through this discussion and through God who united us here in this space, we understand that we fell victim to some who served ignorance through the centuries with fanaticism and through their lack of understanding, we were led to a dead end. Their lack of understanding - ignorance took us completely away from having love between us. It was natural, it was very natural, that we also serve this lie all our lives and be fanatical about it. My siblings, since this lie through time has created a lot of bad, hatred and division between us, I am asking would it not be better for us today having learned the truth to bring love and unity amongst us? To become friends and for all of us to share love towards one another so that the lie can stop perpetuating to the point where it disrupts everyone individually and societies worldwide, leading us to diverse conflicts that will only end up in a painful and merciless dead end for humankind? (First World War, Second World War and woe and woe if there is a third) Surely all those who knowingly serve the lie, will not agree because for them we are the cow that they milk but with God’s help we will succeed. We will succeed in becoming a worldwide family!!!
What do you say brother? I agree!
What do you say brother? I agree!
What do you say brother, you who have now read or listened to this what do you say? Do you agree?
Once we agree, I would like to tell you something that I thought about a little while back and was later revealed to me by Christ. By studying sanctification and increasing our faith on the principles of love we can change our cells’ biochemical processes and consequently we can cause transmutation in our body. This transmutation slows down the aging process and actually causes your body to regenerate, to add life to your being. This is what Christ revealed when he said, ‘he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. (John 11:25-26). Indeed He asks us if we can believe this. I believe this. Do you believe this? Yes I believe!
You, my brother do you believe this? Yes I believe it!
You the reader or listener, do you believe this??!!
I thank the Lord for His love, for his Great mercy, for His sacrifice on the cross, for His truth about eternal life of which he wants to give to us. The truth, His truth has become my truth and also your truth. From now on my siblings, with God’s wisdom, I am free, you are free! Amen.