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Religion against God

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Religion against God


Religion against God

Religion against God

Can religion defend us against God? Jung once said: ¨Religion is a system to defend us against the experience of God.¨

How can this be understood? Christian church, for example, owns his mythology to saint Paul, who did not know Jesus personally, but talked to his spirit in a vision on the road to Damascus.

After Jesus death, many of his followers were completely lost. How could God abandon the Messiah? Saint Paul created a myth to explain Jesus death and, consciously our unconsciously, borrowed many other ideas from the mystery religions prevailing at the time, making Christianity acceptable to the non-Jews.

The rise of Christianity can be credited to saint Paul, avoiding the intention of the original apostles to keep it as a Jewish sect. The Christian church owns to Saint Paul its universality.

Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, was a stern God, that asked to be loved but you better fear. Very few prophets risked a direct confrontation with Yahweh. In the second century, being Jesus a God of love, many risked talking to him. Many prophets claimed direct contact with Jesus through visions, and preached a new mythology. They were fought by the orthodox Christians, and branded as heretics. Today, some are classified as Gnostics, a word that did not exist until the seventeen century.

In a sense, saint Paul was the first Gnostic, since he developed Christianity after a vision. Christianity was accepted as the official religion of the Roman Empire (IV century), and all the so-called Gnostic writing were condemned and almost all destroyed. The Church became powerful and tried to preserve its orthodox mythology. As a result, many mystics were considered heretics and some burned during the Inquisition.

As Jung said: ¨Religion is a system to defend us against the experience of God.¨ No more visions, no more mystics, no more direct talks to Jesus. The monopoly of  contacts with God belongs exclusively to the Pope.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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