There was one a long time ago who planted seeds of love, forgiveness, kindness, eternal life, deep communion with God such that healing and miracles took place. He encouraged all who heard him to do as he did, in fact he challenged the hearers to do even greater things. He was little known except among a small following. The Romans crucified him, as they did so many thousands of people. His small band spread out teaching what he had taught them, on fire with a kind of urgency to tell people the wonderful idea of how life could be.
It didn't take long until men began to argue strange fine points about this simple, but revolutionary teaching. Factions developed. Fights ensued. Strange distortions grew up to be theology. Awful things happened like the Crusades, Inquisition, witch hunts, pogroms, holocausts, etc. Thousands upon thousands, millions died.
Ego had won. The seeds of love, forgiveness, kindness,eternal life, deep communion with God such that healing and miracles took place, these were shoved aside or only given lip service. People did not think that living with the seeds as a way of life had anything to do with the original message. The lower natures of men only wanted to fight and kill over stupid things, such as - did Jesus have one or two natures?
They sometimes got together in mobs and the amazing phenomenon of group think took over, so that millions over time were slaughtered by wild hoards of so called religious men.
Today it is still going on. Factions upon factions upon factions. Only the people in your faction are "right." Shun the others, fight the others, disdain the others, be smug in the "knowing" you are in the "right" faction.
It is all soooo stupid.What if we ignored the crazies and went back to the original seeds, watered them in our own souls and let them flower? What if love, forgiveness, kindness, eternal life, deep communion with God such that healing and miracles took place began to flower in us? What if we did as he did, and what if we took up the challenge to do even greater things? What if we washed away centuries of mess ups by becoming the people he challenged us to be?
Now is the time we have to do our best to become what we are capable of becoming.