Hypocrisy and the Holy Book

Sorry to have been absent for over two weeks. I had been out of my town and away from any computer. It is commonly known that the generations that lived before us had a much stronger moral foundation than the one we find today. The Holy Book was used as a guide for all sorts of matters that would be unheard of today. The Holy Book was used as reference in such common fields as business, education, and politics. Oddly enough, I have noticed the cry over Hypocrisy then was much louder then than it is today.

The decline in moral standards is the most obvious reason we see a shift in human behaviour. So, we think that Holy Book has nothing to do with our life, it is meant for the Church / Mosque only while the Holy Book shows us the right path. If people do not live by a moral code, they really can’t be considered in violation of something they never vowed to uphold in the first place. Thus, they can not be called Hypocrite. Generally people fall victim to this analogy and assume that the followers of the Holy Book are Hypocrite, but these so-called followers of the Book only pretend that they follow the Book.


3 thoughts on “Hypocrisy and the Holy Book

  1. I made those assumptions when I went to Church as a young child and saw that people were not practicing what they were preaching. I tried desperately for years to not let that bother me and to keep practicing what my family wanted me to practice and be the best I could be in God’s eyes or what I perceived to be God’s eyes.

    It became much harder the older I got.

    Hypocrisy is an interesting subject….one that I can get quite emotional over as I have had so much of it to bear. Sometimes I wonder if I have become that which I have hated so much.

    I have been so badly hurt by my own family, by friends, by colleagues, by The Church, by the government that I lost faith in everything, including God…because in my heart I felt that there could be no way that any God would allow what had happened to happen. That God if indeed there was one, had forsaken this planet and it’s people.

    Building any kind of trust has been a most difficult task…if not impossible for me.

    I will never again be able to trust anything, but I would like to. I hope I have not become a hypocrite but instead of remained true to what I hold near and dear to me. I think sometimes, I am afraid of what people will think of me for being so brazen and brash…but I have lost nearly everything to those in power so I guess I felt I had nothing to lose, as my life did not seem like much anyway. Unleashing rage though, may not quite be the answer eventhough at the time, it felt so good to do it. Mr. Bhopal, I apologize if I have been so terribly brazen. What was unleashed was years of anger and pain.

    Take Care.

  2. Anonymous: Your comment at 9:55 PM on my post “Hypocrisy and the Holy Book” of Monday, October 25, 2004

    Sorry for so late a response, maily due to me being busy and then due to blogger server not behaving . Some family affairs were riding my mind and, when my mind is bogged down, I do not like to write anything. There are two clearly separate things worship and worldly behaviour. In worship, aim is to please the creator but in worldly behaviour we give preference to what (mortal) people think about us. We have to chose between our eternal and short life of this world. Once we go for good eternal life, things appear quite different to us. Let me give a simple example of a workplace, may it be an office or a factory. If one does work for the organization then he / she does not look around for appreciation by his / her immediate senior. And, if a person works to please his / her immediate senior because he / she is always around then the worker may or may not get reward depending upon how much work of the organization is completed.

    What happened with you, though bad, is now history. Wise people learn from history and not let it haunt them. You have the potential of coming up again and succeed. Forget what happened in the past, remember that only as an experience. Everybody in the world is not bad. If not some, a few of your family and friends must be good. They or you misunderstood the situation. Look for those few. They may be helpful. Trust yourself and seek help from the creator. It is written in the bible, “Seek and it shall be given unto you”. Same is written in Qur’aan (Book of Muslims) in another way, “You will get only what you strive for”. If there were no bad people / maltreatment how would we know what is good ? A person like you should not adopt defeatist attitude. In my primary school (first five years of school) I read a poem “If you once do not succeed try try again”. Let me tell you, most individuals think that they only received the harshest treatment. This is not correct. What I faced at the age of ten years and nine year later when I was in engineering university, you may not imagine. So, come up. Prerequisite is that you vent out your steam for which you can take me in to confidence. If you trust me I will display my e-mail address. Venting out will releave you of the unnecessary burden that has piled up on your mind and heart due to the unwanted treatment you received from strangers as well as from the loved ones.

    A couple of years back I received an e-mail from a friend. I am copying that here for your guidance.

    A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.
    As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation.
    The barber said: “I don’t believe that God exists.”
    “Why do you say that?” asked the customer.
    “Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things.”
    The customer didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. Just after he left the barbershop, He saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkept. The customer entered the barber shop again and said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”
    “How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!”
    “No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”
    “Ah, but barbers DO exist! ” answered the barber. “What happens, is, people do not come to me.”
    “Exactly!”- affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! What happens, is, people don’t go to Him and do not look for Him. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”

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