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Clergy Book Report Assignment
Post # 23851 Pages 223 – 229
The orthodox missionary movement has followed a certain playbook worldwide from its inception, which includes promotion of peace and cross communal assistance coupled with medicine and financial support. However, the emphasis of these “missions” by Western orthodox religious practitioners generally ends with denigration of indigenous religions as “primitive and pagan” with an impetus to convert the “natives.” Thereafter, Temples or establishments have been closed or destroyed, while indigenous priests and priestesses have been killed or exiled. Lastly, symbols, rituals, and traditions of indigenous religions are coopted. For instance, practices of taking Kemetic icons to rename and rededicate for Christian worship was sanctioned by Pope St Gregory the Great in 601 ACE. These include cooptation of the Kemetic Ankh (Christian cross), Kemetic Heru (Christian Jesus) and Goddess Aset (Black Mary or Madonna). Orthodox Western “mystics” or ecumenical practitioners might endeavor to infuse Judaism, Christianity, or Islam into Neterianism with an impetus to convert its adherents. Indeed, wars of conquest have been carried out by Jews, Christians, and Muslims under the guise of teaching in their spiritual texts. Neterian leaders must disavow this practice.
In Shetaut Neter (i.e., Neterianism), authentic spiritual practices are managed by Sebai Maa, Seba Dja and the Hemu. The precepts of Neterianism can be adopted by society. However, it is important to protect Neterianism from ignorant people seeking to water down or falsify the teachings. This is consistent with the Ancient Kemetan practices, of which society was regulated by the High Priest King and High Priestess Queen under Ma’at principles. To that end, Neterians cannot allow their children to become controlled by the dominant culture. It is important for the children to learn of other the cultures, however interaction should be limited until they develop fortitude in Ma’at precepts. After 2 to 3 generations, it is likely that the community will no longer be conditioned by the dominant society. Indeed, a spiritual tradition tending toward peace, altruism, and unity as opposed to dogmatism and degradation is the true test of the religious tradition.
Contact with people outside of the Neterian community is generally unavoidable due to modern technology and globalism. Associating with others that promote purity, peace, and altruism in economics, political interactions and legal affairs are acceptable to the extent it supports Neterianism. However, persons practicing orthodox western traditions and or engage in proselytizing and or “business” propositions should not be allowed live in established Neterian communities. In modern times, the country of Bhutan infuses Buddhism into the “cultural, spiritual, economic and political” society. It is important to note that Bhutan features many characteristics that Neterian culture would have exhibited had it survived into present day.
Christianity and Islam coupled with Marxism and secularism has challenged Native African Religions and adversely impacted their cultural and religious. In spite of this, Neterian Clergy are enjoined to practice their teachings, rituals, and festivals to attain Spiritual Enlightenment and leave a legacy for future generations.
Dua hna Htp Sebai Maa, Seba Dja, and Hemu.