The Misinterpretation of the Meaning of the Text
The Misinterpretation of the meaning of the text,
Jihadists wearing suicide belts or bombs strapped to their vests,
The word Islam means peace in Arabic. I wonder what comes next?
Christian Fundamentalists trying to micromanage sex,
Ultra-Orthodox rabbis kneeling, bobbing necks
While Israeli tanks kill the leaders of Palestinian protests.
Has religion just become a tool for political contests?
How does the search for deeper meaning lead to military conquests?
Do God and Jesus, Moses, and Mohammed require such duress
In an endless retaliatory match, putting survival to the test?
The original purpose of religion was to reach a higher state
Of Consciousness, of morality where soul and genius mate.
The endless creation of systems of rules by priests with balding pates
Has no relation to religion, but more with a zealous State –
A political imposition of laws, a prison made of hate,
An inferior mentality, a small mind, not a great.
The original lives of the prophets was a model to imitate,
To follow their path as they followed God, a better world to create.
The text was meant to guide the way, to help initiate
The elevation of the soul to reach the higher state.
Beware the self-appointed leader whose ambition is to emulate
Those with political power, the leaders of the empire state.
When holy texts are twisted into a rule-making template
And movements are spawned to achieve goals that are manifestly reprobate,
Then false belief and cynicism have come to rule the date.
We must turn back this craven crowd before it is too late.