I’m sort of having issues with this post.
I don’t mean to offend those that feel deeply religions. But I don’t mean to offend those that are atheist too. Because I belive both have a place in God’s plans.
God. That’s the name I grew up with. Yahweh, Mohammed, Christ, Jesus, Higher Power, Gary. These are all names used to represent out soul’s need to give a human TITLE to someone not human.
I believe that FAITHFULNESS is what matters to (we’ll call him the “Great Dude” for lack of other name), not RELIGION. RELIGION is the pomp and circumstance, the ritual, the choice to be Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, etc. FAITH is the inner need to have a guiding force in your life, stripped of everything but you and the force.
For me, FAITH is what makes RELIGION possible. Never the other way.
RELIGIONS can be totally different and disagree. FAITH is always the same.
I celebrate Thanksgiving. Even though “my people” were off eating kinchi somewhere.
I celebrate Easter. Even though I’m pretty sure that chocolate and candy have nothing to do with the story of the crucifixion.
I celebrate the 4th of July. Even though I’ve never served in combat or personally fought for our freedom.
I go to church. Even though I don’t agree with everything they teach, I enjoy the ritual. ABSOLUTELY.
Sometimes hearing thing told in the voice of “I’M RIGHT, I COULDN’T POSSIBLY ANYTHING BUT RIGHT, AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE I’M RIGHT YOU’RE A STUPID-HEAD” is what I need to hear to hear the Great Dude say “that’s great if it’s what makes ALL these other people faithful. But it doesn’t work for you and that’s ok too.”
Before you quit sputtering and write me a nasty comment, remember this.
The Great Dude, in any religion, is beyond our understanding. Beyond our ability to at attempt to fathom.
Stop trying to put the Great Dude into a box that you are comfortable with.
Stop trying to make the Great Dude FIT you.
Stop trying to make your RELIGION the one and only and appreciate the Great Dude for giving us the ability to have FAITH.