We all revert to
rationalization throughout our lives. When we were children we used
it to convince ourselves (and, we hoped, our parents) in doing what we
wanted when we were told otherwise. As we grew up, we tried the
same technique on our teachers and professors. We have also tried
this in dealing with the police officer when he pulled us over, and
maybe even the judge who presided over the case, not to mention our
bosses. We use
it in the grocery store or the mall, and in deciding between vehicles or
where to live. However, there are times when this process we
have used to varying degrees of success fails us more than we know.
Unfortunately, we also have
started to apply this process to our religion and the teachings given to
us by the Prophets. Some of this applies to whether we attend
services or not, if we perform the Reminder, pay tithes,
or contemplate and
meditate on God, or if we follow the commandments.
We all can see how this has
revealed itself within the other religious organizations.
The teachings start to erode, being replaced by others' ideas or
understandings. This begins the slide to separation not only between
people within a religious group, but also and more importantly, the
slide away from the Prophet's teachings.
Do we resign ourselves to this process and say that it is not that
important, or do we stop and see ourselves more clearly?
If you prefer the former,
which commandments do you think should be left behind? Can you
rationalize this to everyone else so they will agree with you? Can
you rationalize this to Maitreya or God so they will agree with your
I suspect that if one is
pressed to state their reasons for not following the teachings, or
changing one little aspect of them directly to Maitreya, they would
resign from the attempt. They would most probably turn it into a
discussion of some aspect of the teachings not even on the
same topic that they disagree with. In doing so, they rationalize
and keep those issues in the dark so that they can keep their
personal opinions to themselves. However,
whether they voice their
opinions or not, God knows.
I am guilty of these things
myself, and have slowly realized that no matter what rationalization I
come up with, none of them stand against the one simple truth, God said
To put this into
perspective, recall a time when you were a child and rationalized going
against what your parents told you. Then look at your children and
how they do the same thing today, going against your wishes and desires.
You know now that your parents were trying to mold you into a better
person just as you are trying to mold your children. God is doing
this very thing as well, so whether we fully understand it or not, we
should still follow all the commands God has given us.
We can not continue to
rationalize away what God has given us; doing so will only erode the
teachings, and lead us away from God.