Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Communicating with God(s)

March 6, 2010

Good point! One can spot so many similarities in seemingly unrelated religions. What caught my attention was how the main creator-god is beyond reach and hence is never addressed. I have a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Naturally all the words of Jesus are in RED. One day it suddenly struck me how strange it is that the words of God the Father are not in red or at least blue or green.

Islamic beliefs amuse me. When I read the “Sayings of Mohammad” (which are not in the Qur’an but are preserved in oral tradition and I can give you the ISBN of a paperback edition of them) it says that every time there is a call to prayer the devil whispers loud and clear in each believers ear to distract them and then turns his backside towards Mecca and trumpets a loud blast of flatulence. What is strange is that the devil has such intimate contact with each believer and yet Allah never communicates directly to anyone, not even the Prophet Mohammad, but only speaks through the messenger angel, Gabreel.

A very devout Protestant on my list posted something yesterday about how the Father willed salvation, the Son accomplished the salvation, and the Spirit distributes the salvation. I must try to look up his exact words but it was something to this effect. So I asked him if he can tell me anything about the HISTORY of that teaching, and which theologian first elaborated upon it or whether it is the product of his own personal subjective conjecture. To date I have received no response.

The Protestants are shocked that the Roman Catholics have someone who tells them what to believe and the Roman Catholics are shocked that the Protestants have NO ONE to tell them what to believe. I do think the RC Catechism (900 pages) is a marvelous work which addresses every conceivable aspect of spiritual life in a concise and encyclopedic fashion. I cannot think of any other religion which has something comparable unless one cares to consider the Bhagavad Gita which strikes me as an owner’s manual for the soul.

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But, Who Is My Neighbor?

February 10, 2010

William (posted as Facebook Status):

To love your neighbor, you have to like your neighbor. To like your neighbor you have to know your neighbor. To know your neighbor you have to meet your neighbor. To meet your neighbor you must identify who your neighbors are. If your neighbor is everyone who is in need, then everyone is your neighbor, since everyone is in some way in dire need.

Those who are MOST in need of your love are those who are far away and perhaps fear you. Why do they fear you? Perhaps they see you as an enemy or a threat. Perhaps they think that you hate them. Perhaps you worry that they hate you. It is so simple to be happy but it is so very difficult to be simple. Think on these things.

I just thunk this up just now, while I wast taking my glucose reading, and eating some milk and cornflakes. This is how I am. I didn’t plan to be this way. It just sort of happened. I could not give you a step-by-step plan to become me. You must figure out how to become you. There is a pond of water. A cow a bee and a viper come to the pond to … See Moredrink because every creature thirsts. The cow drinks the water and it becomes milk. The bee drinks the water and it becomes honey. The snake drinks the water and it becomes venom. But it is all the same water. Water can become many things, depending upon the nature of the drinker. Milk, honey and venom are neither good nor bad. They are good in some circumstances and bad in other circumstances. Good and bad are not absolute but relative and subjective. Josephs brothers came to him in Egypt and asked his forgiveness for selling him into slavery. Joseph said, “You intended evil but God transformed your evil into good, for had I not come to Egypt and become the Pharaoh’s minister I would not have the power to deliver you from famine.” (paraphrased)

We do not need to make a staff into a serpent. We do not need to make water into wine. We do not need to make wine into blood. We need to make milk and honey and venom back into water. That is the water to wash away sins.

Stafford replies:

I like all of them but the last: let’s go outside and knock on our neighbors door and meet our neighbor in a human, social, personal way. Our neighbors are not “known” through cathode ray tubes, video representations or digital sattelite streams, a hand-shake and a meal.

Tish replies:

Amen Stafford. It’s pretty easy to both meet and love your neighbor around here… all you have to do is show up with a snow shovel and ask them in they want some help with their driveway 🙂 It’s really pretty simple, this thing called the Christian Life…

William replies:

And how do you get to know folks in Indonesia? I think the KKK had its origins in the shovel thing.

Jerome replies:

I need to turn grapes into wine — I need a drink.

Tish replies:

It’s people along our path, along our life’s journey, who are our neighbors. There is enough need to start there. I have come to believe that excessive emotion – even “compassion” – about folks who we have no intention of helping is a form a voyeurism, avoidance of personal responsibility and blame-shifting.

Teresa replies:

I live in a neighborhood and I have neighbors. We have been suffering from power outages and two feet of snow. Today while we were digging out our car, three of our neighbors came over and helped us dig. They have been digging their own snow out for days, too. While we worked together, the digging was far more pleasant. We appreciated their help. They appreciated the cupcakes we baked for them for the holidays.

Our Greatest Sin

August 9, 2009

first posted February of 2005:

What is our greatest sin? Our greatest sin is that we lack vision.

Our greatest sin is that we became gods, but we never became godly.

Unlike Faust, we do have the means to sweep back the ocean and make dry land. We have power but we lack vision. It is not that God looked and saw that it was very good. The goodness was in the seeing, in the vision. Vision is seeing before there is yet anything to look at.

Our second greatest sin is that, lacking vision, we do not even go in search of vision. We do not look for vision, and we look askance at visionaries because we do not care. None so blind as those who will not see. None so deaf as those who will not here. The age of miracles is when the blind see, the deaf hear, and the dead are raised. But we are the miracle of the walking dead, who neither see nor hear. We are not Moses without his staff. We are Moses who leans upon his staff and does nothing.

We have laid down our instrumentality upon the shores of Babylon, and we weep, not for Sion, but for our lack of tears. Lack of tears is the greatest drought. Lack of hunger is the greatest famine. As Rumi said, Do not seek water. Seek thirst!” Water is everywhere, but without thirst,all the water in the world is useless.