Monday, May 22, 2006

No Faith Necessary

Joe said something interesting in a comment he left for Anne’s latest post. He said, “In SM, you are told you do not even have to believe to receive miracles!” I have always heard this, but sometimes you hear things hundreds of times before it really sinks in, the cult mind control tells you ‘don’t think and accept’ and you do. Maybe this is why I am only now looking at these words and pondering their meaning.

Garry Greenwood said in All the Emperors Men that Dr. Tebecis would tell potential members at seminars that a belief in God was not necessary in order to receive the benefits of “True Light”, but how can someone with no belief in God possibly hope to gain His benefits? After all, okiyome is radiated through the hands, but prior to that it comes through God, into Keishu, radiates through her omitama and reaches the rest of us via our omitamas.

How can one believe in okiyome without a belief in a higher power and more importantly, why would God save a person from the Baptism of Fire who did not want to follow Him? Here are the questions I asked myself…

1. Why it is acceptable for Mahikari members to not believe in the teachings and yet they survive the Baptism of Fire, whereas non-members do not believe and they are damned?

2. Are works alone (i.e.: okiyome, divine service, yoko gardening, flower arranging, etc) what saves people from the Baptism of Fire? Does spirituality and faith have nothing to do with it?

In regards to question 1, Mahikari would have you believe that the difference is okiyome.

I have a different theory.

When I was a Mahikari members there were Atheists and Agnostic members who would come to practice the “Art of True Light”. These people were quick to argue the existence of God, but yet they would magically become pious when executing the chants, bows, and claps prior to beginning okiyome. I always used to wonder what they were thinking when offering a prayer to God after completing their bows, or when chanting the Amatsu, which is considered a prayer.

I am an Agnostic and I myself do not believe true Atheism exists. I think it’s an excuse to ignore God. Sorry if that is offensive to anyone, but whether you believe in a messiah or not God is there; even people in violent third world countries who are dying, starving, living in a permanent state of war reach up to God with their last dying breath. God is like the wind, you cannot see it, but you can feel it.

Atheists, whether you admit it or not you KNOW something is there.

Now…if you chose to ignore it because you do not want to have to be responsible and chose one path to God (for fear that it might be the wrong one) I understand because I am doing that…but that is called Agnostic (which means to ignore truth) not Atheists (which means one who disbelieves the existence of God) *getting off soap box*

Back on topic, Mahikari makes the claim that faith is irrelevant, that only okiyome matters. How can that be acceptable? The answer is simple really…*drum roll* because Mahikari is making more money having an Atheist/Agnostic on their knees offering okiyome rather than by pushing them away from the organization the way other religions do.

It is not about okiyome…okiyome is not what sets Atheist Mahikari members apart from non-members (because even a non-member is welcome to receive okiyome), it is how much money the Atheist member is shelling out. While an Atheist member can choose not to believe in the teachings and yet join the organization, make donations, and offer okiyome; the non-member does not pay anything and cannot offer okiyome.

It is in Mahikari’s best judgment to take whoever they can get as their numbers are dwindling. I feel so smart! Ha Ha! I broke the code! Sorry…I know it is really simple and I probably should have thought of it before, but this was a huge revelation to me.

As for my second question, Mahikari tells members that they are saved by their works, not by their faith. This is convenient because it makes the religion more approachable to people who have been raised in different faiths. Members are told okiyome is the key to their salvation because through okiyome they are erasing sins and impurities and winning points with God. This aspect works with all faiths as Christians and many other religions believe in sin and any other religion believes in karma and karmic impurities…in this aspect Mahikari does work with all religions, but once the divine teachings are applied the doctrine no longer coincides with most religions.

This is why the emphasis is put on works alone instead of faith; because many people cannot accept the teachings of Mahikari in correlation to their faith…if they are told that faith is irrelevant then Mahikari wins because the person will still join, offer okiyome, and pay the money required. It is all about MONEY! Every little aspect. Okada was a smart business man, but a messiah, I am afraid not.