I believe the 2 commandments Jesus gave that He said would fulfill all the laws of Moses are the basis for all spiritual enlightenment.
1 Love the Lord your God (for me The Spirit of Truth and Righteousness) above all else
2. Love your neighbor as yourself.
The first rule is a fulfillment of the first 4 commandments and the 2nd rule fulfills the last 6 commandments.
I think these two laws would make a great foundation for any religion.
But no one can judge another mans SOTR
[moved to Belief Modules]
Also, since this is a Belief Module, it'd be best to retitle it with something that very briefly summarizes the belief.
I titled it Simple is best because that is what I believe those 2 commandmenst or belief modules represent. If you can fulfill "all the laws of moses" with just 2, I am thinking hey not so many rules to remember. I do not have a great memory.
Now if I have to remember whether or not I should kick someone in the shin. I just have to thiink ...hmmm thinking .. is kicking someone the right thing to do (ask spirit of truth and righteousness) if that action is (loving my neighbor as myself or doing what I would want someone to do to me) .... That is a lot easier than trying to remember ... Thou shalt not kick thy neighbor in the head. Thou shalt not kick thy neighbor in the groin...... Thou shalt not spit on they neighbor. Thou shalt not steal from thy neighbor. Thou shalt not kill thy neighbor.And the millions of other things that I should not do to my neighbor.
This belief module represents my perception that the more you want to do something that you know is not right or is not treating others the way you would want to be treated, the more reasons and excuses you have to give as to why it is okay for you to do that which your neighbor should not do. I have pointed out this same concept in many of the messages here on OSR. It says I should not kill my neighbor, but I have a good reason to kill my neighbor.. lets make another rule that allows me to kill my neighbor if I have a good reason. And as many people there are in the world, each one believes when they break the "law" they had a valid reason to do so. Go to any prison and ask why the criminal broke the law. The vast majority will come up with what they think was a legitimare reason for doing so. The other guy deserved it. He had it coming. Or he stole it from someone else so I can steal it from him.
Laws are made to tell evil people the specifics of why and how those actions are a violation of another persons rights because that evil person does not want to hear it and does not listen to the spirit of righteousness when he makes his decision. We want what we want because we believe it is good and we do not care what anyone else thinks.
Hardly "respecting the rights of others" which is what doing the right thing by loving our neighbor is.
So lets take those two rules and see what the relationship is between them.
If one loves his neighbor as himself... he will do what the "spirit of truth and righteousness" tells him to inspite of whatever other spirit, like greed or fear or pride .. wants him to do.
If one does what is right he will love others as himself. The two beliefs go hand in hand, They are indeed ONE belief.
They are the "singularity" man seeks but cannot find because he does not follow the commandment that the first law represents. Just like the parable of the rich man who said he had followed all the ten commandments but Jesus showed he broke the first one his whole life because He loved another God more than righteousness, He loved money.
He went away very sad when Jesus said, all you have to do is sell all you own and give all your money to the poor and follow me and you will find God. But the rich man who thougt he had put god above all else, had not. That was all Jesus was trying to point out. Not that everyone should give away all their money. Just that everyone should just do the right thing, it does not follow that giving away all your money is the right thing, but the willingness to do so if it is the right thing for you, should be your top priority.
I know the above may be considered rambling by some but it is all just to show how those two that one simple concept of putting the spirit of TRUTH and RIGHTeousness above all else works.
In my opinion this entire post is a PERFECT example of a Belief Module post AND follow up text!!!
With the one exception of the title. Remember, "Simple is Best" could refer to an entirely different Belief Module. In fact when I read that title by itself I tend to think of a Belief Module in which the KISS ideology is employed (keep it simple, stupid).
I might suggest something like "2 Laws of Jesus as the Basis for All Enlightenment" or something...I know it's long but it's very descriptive and certain not to be mistaken for anything else.
How about Simple Spirit Of Truth and Righteousness
This is how I see the concept. No one can tell anyone else what is right, but we all can search our own spirits for truth and righteousness... the only additive needed is to follow that spirit within us.
I'd say that since the ideas come from Jesus, that his name should likely be in the title. A Simple Spirit of Truth and Righteousness could still be mistaken for another belief in which the key ideas are Truth and Righteousness but nothing to do with Jesus.
It's up to you. I'm just stoked to see the Belief Modules idea catching on. :)
The thing is that my own personal belief module about Jesus is that Jesus does not represent any religion. Not the religion represented by the Pharisees and Sadducees and certainly not the religions represented by Christianity.
So I refer to Jesus and his teachings and his spirit and his father as "The Spirit of Truth and Righteousness". this spirit is non religious truth is truth and righteousness is righteousness and as we all know no religion has cornered the market on those two commodities.
Ok, fair enough. Represent it as you see fit. It's your module.