Monday, December 5, 2022

God's Chosen People

 Many racial and ethnic minorities claim they are God’s chosen people. They believe God, at least the one created by man, is anthropomorphically guided by human beliefs.   God, like man, favors some over others.

When you live and think as a minority, you seek God’s blessings for your actions. You want God to bless you for being victimized by others.

The inner cities are filled with those seeking God’s blessings and favoritism. Churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, and other religious facilities believe they know what moves God. 

They pray, sing, and meditate hoping to get God’s attention. Some go so far as to think God will punish their oppressors. Many believe they are God's chosen people. Unfortunately, the Bible, which they believe is God's word, doesn't agree with them.  

The Bible has already authenticated the Jewish people as God's chosen people. These beliefs have been sustained as legitimate for over two thousand years. No other group, especially African-Americans and Latinos, dared question the claim publicly. Although privately, they believed otherwise. 

Many accused Kyrie Irving of publicly questioning this claim by promoting a link to a documentary “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America!” Was his reference to the documentary antisemitic or a reference to Blacks’ historical claim of being God’s chosen people. Perhaps he only wanted us to discuss publicly what we discuss privately. 

The King James Version of the Bible in Deuteronomy 7:6 states, “For thou art a holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” (Note: Some historians believe the first five books (Pentateuch) of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy were written by Moses, an Egyptian Prince and later a self-proclaimed Hebrew Prophet.)

It is obvious that Moses, an Egyptian prince, was unaware of the existence of God prior to his conversion to Judaism. He later claimed to have had personal interactions with God and thus was able to write the five books of the Bible.

Similarly,  many African-Americans claimed to have had similar conversations with God. Since their arrival in this country in 1619, and their conversion, similar to Moses, to Christianity, they believed God freed them from slavery, 20th-century lynchings, Jim Crow segregation, and other deleterious forms of treatment. Were they correct or delusional? Did God free them because they are the chosen people? 

Meanwhile, if God favors or blesses one group over another, then God is limited to human interpretations of God. When God exists outside of you, you cannot know what God feels or desires. 

Similarly, when God exists within you as unconditioned consciousness, you know this power exists in all people, not some.