Traditionally, the non-religious definition of the word, prophet, is one who advocates for good. A prophet speaks and writes prophetic words and is viewed as god-like. Religions define prophets as past-tense individuals who came in contact with God during their times. Their writings about their spiritual encounters left imprints in the world and religious doctrines were created because of their sayings.
When the word, prophet, is echoed; there is the instant visual of the prophets of Judeo-Christianity, Islam, or an Asian sect. This mental confinement damages the spirituality of a person because it teaches that the Creator only existed in the past, but no longer connects with us. This false conclusion is also taught within the walls of different religions as many read the words and the actions of their respective religious predecessors.
What should be taught is that the presence of God is perpetual and seven-billion people qualify for a connection to God. More importantly, more lessons in discerning between God’s plan and human activities’ are helpful to separate God from the chaos of prophets and their prophecies. Remaining confined to the words of these historical religious prophets can be daunting, but also counterproductive to those who seek a personal bond to God.
The prophecies of past prophets have also created problematic religious conclusions, which are still worshipped. Because of them, there are religious schisms between people because their visions are still being propagated as God-ordained words. Discernment is not taught as their messages spill into the world and sadly there is more adherence to their conclusions.
These prophets do not come without flaws and their crimes are depicted in the stories of doctrines as well as other pieces of evidence. It’s always deafening to hear Christians justify the crimes of Judeo-Christianity’s Moses, and King David. They were murderers who killed with Moses having killed thousands of Midianites, and King David having killed the Ammons. Furthermore, King David, and King Solomon stories reek with moments of compunction and guilt. We learn about David’s mental distress in the book of psalms. Many of those poems, or musical lyrics do not solely come from King David as many historians have concluded. Though, King David certainly had some participation in the messages of the book of psalms. King Solomon is credited for writing the book of proverbs. Mostly, those figures wavered between trying to live life in tumultuous times while acknowledging the existence of God. Solomon was very vain and indulged in temptation insomuch that he stopped addressing the God above to follow a pagan god.
We also see this pattern of waging wars against others and installing God’s name as verification in the religion of Islam. Those who kill in the name of Islam are committing violence on their own but claiming that God supports this mayhem. For example, the Islamic traders who installed Islam in northern-Africa also caused harm to the people on that continent. Before the religion became prominent in Sub-Saharan Africa; it was entwined with a slave trade that was as gross as Europe’s participation in the Atlantic Slave trade. The slave-and-master relationship was practiced in ancient Islam and even today; one can see the same dynamic in the relationship between the Arab world and immigrant workers.
No God-focused person should ever associate God’s name to the killings of others. God did not tell Moses, or King David to unleash war on others; both figures created chaos on their own without the understanding of spirituality. The Creator is not a war-loving presence that supports wars or misinformation.
What is also evident is that past prophets suffered tremendously with understanding life and divinity. That is due to the battle between conforming to the world and trying to understand the Creator’s plan. King David, King Solomon, and Moses all depict how the battle between living on Earth and aiming for heaven can come with some confusion.
Every spiritually-minded person who acknowledges God is a prophet of God. This means that they do good things in the world. Sharing compassion, spreading love, and helping others, are ways to ensure that goodness is impacting the world. There is no need to remain constricted to the ways of past prophets because they have lived their lives and died. They should not be considered the last people to talk to God since the omnipresence of God is still active.
God is still speaking to those who formulate a relationship with It. In those moments of relationship-building, one will experience the strength of the Creator and the reassurance that God’s love is reachable.
As always, learn to differentiate between doing the work of the world, and manifesting the plans of the Creator.