It would seem that in this modern time, with such personal communication available on a global and simultaneously local level, that we might begin to see a relaxing of the attitude of proprietary ownership of God, and the concept therein. It is no longer expedient to live the religious misconceptions of God that once allowed for the survival of tribal and early city-state peoples, and yet, this is precisely what we are seeing within the bodies of major religions, and now even alternative religions. What has yet to be discussed up until now, is how there is precisely this built in religious misconceptions of God built into any group organization that provides spiritual advice for others: as spirituality is necessarily individual based, and religion is necessarily group-think, it is impossible to have a religion that provides individual release, the larger the organization, the more off-track is must necessarily be, and the more entrenched its own survival, even in the face of evidence that its demise would benefit both adherents and others
There seems to be, to borrow a term from Chaos Theory, a special attractor--an unfathomable point which holds a pattern together and lends relative attractiveness and circular definitions--in each branch of religious servitude. This dogma requires adherents to let go of personal experiences, sometimes negating them entirely, often to the detriment of spiritual awakening, and enter themselves into the accepted story line, or face a social and spiritual excommunication from whichever organization they have choose to populate. It makes little difference whether this organization is as massive as the Catholic Church or Muslim faith, or a small organization like the OTO or Unitarian Church. Each of these organizations seems to be required to settle on a base form that dwells not only in organizationally crafted misconceptions of God, but an exclusivity that creates barriers to personal spiritual advancement, and necessarily lessens the total experience of the individual.
The ideas of modern religion borrow greatly from traditional religion, and include a hierarchical structure of knowledge and service; within the human frame of greed, politics, and ego--and one would be hard pressed to find an group of two or more people without these qualities--proprietorial claims of Godliness emerge as secrets to be obtained through greater service and silent work. What seems to be missing again and again is the simple truth that no one person can have a greater connection with God than any other, as each of us within this life are, in fact, manifestations of the one consciousness that binds everything together. The misconceptions of God that are marketed to followers cloak this fact in arrogant information, each one veiled in coded language meant to obscure the simple fact stated above.
It is the greed and desire for power, even on the small levels of organization that lead to the formation of groups seeking to portend an answer, but in reality, quickly pirate individual creativity for the selfish use of the organization. Where are the wise leaders who can teach us that while religions in the history of the World were important tools to bring us to Now, the modern view must encompass the broad stance that there is a singular consciousness of which we are all facets; and thusly teach us that we are all right from our own perspective. Each person is a mouthpiece for God intrinsically, as a birth right. Greed and spiritual misconception has lead us to the precipice of total obscurity, and the leaders of modern religious movements cling mightily to the stories and traditions that give them their power and hierarchy, despite the obvious global disastrous result of such ideals.
Such zealous behavior can be scene in the concepts that God is on the side of a particular country or race of peoples; or that God is punishing one group of people for sins defined narrowly by the other. Each group has internal definitions that provide only circular logic, bringing the individual back again and again to the same point in the labyrinth before setting them off again on futile tasks of personal awakening within confined boundaries and circular definitions. In truth, there is no room for greed or personal agenda when helping others to see the God within themselves, and so these religions have benefited mightily by obscuring and even teaching the contrary, in feeble attempts to hold onto the monopoly that they have enjoyed for years, and even millennia in some cases.
It is this adherence to dogma and tradition that has caused the rampant problems on this planet over the course of human history, and only the re-insertion of the the individually centered spiritual path will allow us to free ourselves entirely from this perverse circular game designed to keep those who are most blind to the truth of God in power. One can only hope that as more and more people begin to share their personal experiences at an ever quickening rate, that we as a people will begin to wake up into the reality that a blind adherence to the religious misconceptions of God are intrinsic to all Religions, and in some, a blind adherence to misconceptions of history--Mormonism and Scientology for example. People have been fed the lie that they are lazy and need the answers of others to be given relief, a religious ideal that people have wanted to be told how to think for years. This self-perpetuating desire has been cultivated and subsequently capitalized on by the greedy and agenda driven priestly class for the control of masses. This is why each religion must claim proprietorial ownership of God to the exclusion of others and to the detriment of the world; it is an intrinsic structure of spiritual organization to itself: Spirituality is individually based and personally driven, so any group spirituality must, by definition, be an approximation at best, and within this ideal must claim to provide all of the answers to remain sustainable, despite the paradoxical nature of this assertion. A religion, therefore, must do its best for self-preservation, often running counter to the desired effect of freeing each individual, and thus creating the historical and modern troubles we have witness now and throughout history.