I've gotten into a couple of these 'discussions' lately at OS and hope to have a dialogue here in the comments section on this subject...
I'm quite amazed actually that Christian fundamentalism is so very alive and well. We are educated people, are we not? Why is it that some people of faith can not, or choose not to, discern the difference between spirituality and religious dogma?
To me it seems simple enough to distinguish between the two.
Spirituality (for lack of a better word) is just that. It's available to all of us. It is at once within us and everywhere; the humbling power of true love that defines the universe. All that is needed to get 'there' is a quiet mind. Shut down the incessant thought process that has ruled your life since you were a small child and open up to all possibilities. Breathe deeply and for a moment or longer just be. Some call it meditation.
For me personally it's not an easy place to get to. I am scared to 'relinquish control' but I have more than a few times. The beauty to be found is immeasurable and indescribable, but to me defines the essence of the spiritual experience.
I truly hope to find a mentor. I've heard that when the student is ready, the teacher will come. Apparently I'm not quite ready. I am after all yet quite young. Yeah, that's the ticket...
We must cease the internal dialogue, the thoughts that rule us and bind us. It's as simple, and yet, as complicated as that. The dialogue in our minds is the chain that holds us here to the earth. Take it away, trick it into submission, and the universe unfolds in all it's love. It was-is right there waiting all the time in All God's Glory.
Knock on the sky and listen to the sound!
So, why the Christian fundamentalism and hatred? Do some Christians really believe that they hold the one and only key to "HEAVEN" through Jesus Christ?
Well yes, apparently. This of course excludes the possibilities that others not adherent to the teachings of Jesus may also have access to the very same 'Kingdom of Heaven.'
That would include around 90 percent of the world's population that are not, GOD forbid, ChristianShould we be so willing to write off 90 percent of the earth's souls as lost?
These very spiritual people believe in the teachings of Christ without ever having to be taught by HIM.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you? Does that not sum it up in a nutshell? That's a universal truth. Jesus doesn't hold the patent.
What of the Jews and Muslims, the Buddhist and Zen Masters, the Sufi and Wu-Li's just to name a few? They will be left to burn when 'THE RAPTURE' comes? God's fury upon them? Seriously?
I would contend that God loves each individual equally, regardless of which path they choose to access HIS LOVE.
As far as religion in public schools? It doesn't belong there, same as it doesn't belong in government. Read the constitution. You want your child in a Jesuit school, etc.? Pay the tuition and then you have the right to bitch all you want.
Henry David Thoreau said...
- It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
- For every ten people who are clipping at the branches of evil, you're lucky to find one who's hacking at the roots.