When have you heard anything from the church--any church-- that you haven't heard before? The old Taoists knew 4,000 years ago that playing favorites and holding grudges is no way to be godly. Why would anyone think it would be heavenly to hang out with a god like that? Why does God have to be pleased? Or else? Every church's spiel is grounded upon the presumption of Original Sin. That happened in the Garden of Eden. Which had no historical, factual, actual existence. And has to be "taken on faith." Because the Bible says so. Why? Because you will go to hell if you don't. Because the Bible says so. We have to believe the Bible is so because the Bible says so, and we will go to hell if we don't because the Bible says so. And the church has been getting away with this for two thousand years. Because we are insecure and afraid. And don't want to take any chances on what may happen when we die, and what do we have to lose if we do what the church--any church-- tells us to do? The church--every church--exists on the strength of its ability to scare people into doing/believing what it says to do/believe. That alone invalidates the existence of the church. The church is a Ponzi scheme promising an eternal payoff in heaven for the price of a small investment, say 10% of our income, here and now. "Why take a chance?" is all the church--any church--has to say. "Why take a lie on faith?" "Because it may be true." Is all the church--every church--comes down to. Playing on the fear and insecurity of the people by telling them they are sinners and will go to hell if they don't come back next week and hear they are sinners and will go to hell if they don't come back... Ponzi couldn't do it better than that. And we could find better ways to spend our time if we weren't afraid of going to hell when we die. The church--every church--depends on our being afraid of going to hell when we die. It comes down to this: Would we pay any price to live the life that is ours to live here and now? Or would we give away our chance at life before death on the promise of a better life after death? Satan wants to know.
Integrity leads the way to The Way. We cannot find, and live aligned with, The Way if we are unbalanced and out of harmonious accord with ourselves and our life. Balance and harmony are synonymous with integrity-- and are the adamantine foundation of life at one with The Way. The Way is simply knowing what's what and doing what needs to be done about it moment-by-moment in each situation as it arises. What is it time for right here, right now? Being right about that, and doing what is called for in response to it is living aligned with The Way. We part from The Way when we introduce self-interest into the equation. Then, our problem becomes, "What is called for here and now, and how can I play that to my advantage?" Personal gain is incompatible with The Way. We are here to serve The Way in all times and places-- To serve, not to be served, in a "Thy will, not mine, be done," kind of way. How well we are able to do that over the course of our life tells the tale. And what tale would that be? The tale of integrity-- balance and harmony-- in the service of spirit, energy and vitality all our life long. What would you put forth as a better outcome of our time on the earth? What do you want to have to show for having lived? I want to have experienced life to the point of being able to know what's what, and what is called for in response, being right about it, and doing it-- like, say, a relief pitcher coming into the game in the ninth inning, to get three outs and go home. I want to be able to step into each situation as it arises, like a relief pitcher coming into a game with everything on the line, even when it seems as though nothing is on the line.