So I’ve been avoiding commercials and been watching alot of Catholic TV, and it’s interesting because it’s something that’s not after you fiscally (not as much, anyway). A commercial came on (OK, it’s somewhat commercial, but it was an infomercial approved by the Catholic Church.) I would not want people to buy this man’s books, so I will give for free the mo’ajza and karama he discusses in the following book:
- What are the spiritual gifts?
- How do I know what gifts I have?
- How can I use them?
What Mr. Herbeck offers to sell you is simply mystic doctrine, the simplest ideology which predates Christ or the Church! What are the spiritual gifts? The spiritual gifts are divided into two categories, mo’ajza and karama in Arabic. Mo’ajza are true miracles and are only performed by prophets (with God’s permission). Karama are the charms, the minor miracles that occur to the saints every day. Coincidences, food from heaven, water at the moment of dehydration, resources from seemingly nowhere, even little ironies experienced in life are a sign the Creator is talking to you.
Protestant Christianity is where I learned this from, but apparently, Catholicism believes this as well, as does mystic Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, early Christianity, Manicheanism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, etc.; All the believers are saints.
The first spiritual gift is immortality. The belief actually goes back to the ancient Greek rites at Eleusis, celebrating the descent of Persephone into the underworld and her mother Demeter plunging the Earth into winter until her daughter returns, upon which she restores the Earth to spring. The secret meaning of these rituals was the eternal life of the human soul, and initiation into the Mysteries, which granted one entry into Paradise. (Simply believing in Platonic ideals and yourself as having a soul [a Platonic ideal of oneself], granted one entry into Paradise).
Socrates refers to Heaven as the “real world”, and I like that description more. In the real world/heaven, ideal forms exist unto eternity. Mathematics and music are approximations of these idealized forms in the Platonic realm. Religion’s sole message is that we are beings of spirit before we were made flesh, and to the spirit realm is our ultimate return.
Notice Christianity copies this: Jesus Christ offers you eternal life and you enter heaven just by believing in him. Qur’an proclaims a theory which all mystics (i.e. Platonic idealists) are descended from lineages in every nation (prophets and saints). None of us have the good deeds to get into heaven on our own, so we attach ourselves to a higher person to gain entry into heaven. Even the most monotheistic of texts concedes this.
- No one (regular believer) has the good deeds to go to heaven on his or her own.
- Prophets and saints are alive in the grave, can answer prayers, and will intercede for you on the Day of Judgement.
Your guru or master, it is very important for you to pick a legit one because you will go where he goes, regarding heaven or … that other place. But suffice it to say 99% of people will go to heaven because of that confirmation at age 9, or random Ash Wednesday at age 15, or bat mitzvah at age 13, or a prayer by Lao Tzu or Confucius, or whomever the Platonic ideologue is — just make sure it’s a righteous man and not a Jim Jones or Charles Manson-type.
So, if minor miracles can regularly be done by saints, and secretly somewhere, WE’RE ALL SAINTS, then almost all of us are saved and bathed in God’s love, so long as we do good to our fellow human beings. The most important act in religion is feeding the poor, God can even forgive having an unrighteous Master if you feed the hungry, widows, orphans, etc. But He cannot forgive your economic cruelty even if you follow the highest and most righteous of saints.
Would you like to see a miracle by one of the righteous servants of God? This video shows a debate between a rabbi and an atheist. Start watching 58 minutes in, and note where the rabbi states his belief that his opponent has a soul, “When I look at you right now, you may assume what I see is material, but that’s not what I see, and that’s not what I believe. There’s something in you that’s more than what you believe.” He’s clearly discussing Platonic ideas, but the atheist is perplexed by what the rabbi means.
The atheist has a PhD in philosophy, but the rabbi is running circles around him with Plato and Socrates.
How do I know what gifts I have? How can I use them? Your gifts are innumerable, but to get started, I would determine your Jungian archetype (MBTI quiz) and examine your functional analysis. But most people will not understand such dense mystic doctrine regarding spiritual temples and saintly intercession, but this Platonic mysticism is at the core of every religion — all of theology begins and ends with Plato and his Master, Socrates (peace be upon him!). To use your spiritual gifts would be to sublimate your character flaws in the service of God & humanity.