I refer here to what is commonly called Christianity. I target it not for its uniqueness in this regard but for its familiarity in my part of the world. And, I would want to pass the same criticism to any other club claiming any verifiability of membership. Finally, I do not say that there is NO way to have signs of status. I only say that it is insecure, risky, and fraught with the possibility of misinterpretation.
The sage Jesus says, “…only a few find it” referring to the way to life. Am I one of the few?
“By their fruit you will recognize them” when referring to the distinguishing marks of true and false prophets. What can you see of the fruit of the average individual’s life who claims status in the club? How do they spend their alone time? Without knowledge of the fruit of that, on average how can club status be verified?
“Many will say…did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” Jesus’ response: “Away from me, you evildoers.” The implication here is that the manifestation of miraculous “supernatural” power is not sign of club status.
I think we are done here. Club status of those who are in contact with the divine center of the universe is fraught with the possibility of misjudgment. I stopped trying to judge. I figured, in my meager reasoning, the following: any energy wasted on trying to verify my or another’s club status could be spent on the pursuit of deep reality (dmarma (Buddha), Tao (Lao Tzu), the kingdom of the god (Jesus), the intelligible realm (Socrates)). Why transfer any energy away from the pursuit of deep reality to the pursuit of club status. I can’t see the point. The math doesn’t work out to me.
The bet is not that membership in the class of beings who approximate deep reality is not worth it. The bet is that it is soooo worth it that stopping to make meager, risky and fraught with error judgment of my status in anyone else’s interpretation of club status membership is a waste of time and energy. I reduce the probability of membership by pursuing verification of membership.
As a side note: I think the sense of security produced in the membership status at best an effort/labor reducer for the human animal. Labor has disutility to the human anima, period. If it can be avoided, it will be. In earthly measure some security can be achieved. As I improve condition I can transfer my family into a relatively safer part of the world (still working on that). But in regard to moral achievement? Just how am i to measure my progress in “Be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect.”? I hardly see the point in slowing down there.
Rest is for he who has achieved. Labor is for he trying to achieve.