Is it good to cherry-pick a sacred text?
Not for “evidence” of the sacred text being a factually accurate historical record … nor “because the (sacred text) says so” – which makes it all the “evidence” you will ever need for so many … nor because the “divine authority” described within must be obeyed and worshiped … i.e. not for almost all the reasons I was taught to cherry pick a sacred text (the bible in my case).
If you have the stamina and (way too much) time to read all these posts from Day One -> current you will read that I have an aversion to the (bible) being cherry picked. So why the change of heart now?
Because if I cherry pick the bible (in my case) to find reason to step beyond religion and into Love without religion – that makes perfect sense to me. That Love comes first, and second and last.
Love without any strings attached.
Love that means if you point a gun to my head then because I love both of us – me included – I may resist you (or else I love you more than me – and that is not Love without strings attached). BUT it also means that I may not resist you. That there may be reasons in that moment that I don’t. But for you to “get” why I choose to resist you or not to resist you …
We would have to know each other (a lot). Or just be kind to each other. Because then the likelihood of you even holding a gun to my head in the first place is remote.
But if we are to know each other I have to listen. I have to understand. I have to be kind. Or else that is not love without strings (the “string” being that you have to agree with me before I am kind to you). And it is “that” which makes sense of the bible (for me).
That a “divine authority” would find “the narrative”of Jesus (as narrated in the bible) simply a great example of love without strings.
And “that” is what I call cherry picking. Not a verse – not a religion – not a set of beliefs that make me a member of that faith-based belief. But Love without strings. And I use the term “divine authority” because it comes closest to a description of something not just of the physical.
I reached a point in my life when procreating and chasing financial security to enjoy the good life had less meaning than before. When sitting in church and hearing how “all are welcome” is actually “love with strings”. Otherwise why sitting in a church of a particular denomination in the first place.
I began to find that “we are a Christian country” makes any “divine authority” little more than the currency we use, the taxes we pay, the language we have, the laws we live by, the laws we break, the people we accept and the people we fight. It makes my God Soft Hands Jesus just another strip of “cultural wallpaper”. Wallpaper that becomes invisible.
And with it Love. And “that” makes “love is not enough” a reality.
And that “love” (with strings is not enough) … will get us killed by those who have guns. And that “love” is okay to a point. But because “they” don’t see “love” like we see “love” – that makes “love is not enough” … enough.
Which is why we now need a war on terror. That we need to kill them before they kill us. Unless they see the error of their ways. Then we will accept them. And how do we know they really mean it? A set of beliefs that are our “cultural wallpaper” religion.
So Good Friday and Easter Sunday are “celebrated” in my country not because of a particular “belief” – but because everything shuts down for the long weekend.
“Oliday “oliday “oliday … wahoo!
The cultural wallpaper of our Christian Country says the bible is fact. Which is why this country “shuts down”. And that doesn’t prove to me that we are right and “they” are wrong. Nor does it (for me) prove that Love is not enough.
It simply proves to me that “religion” is not enough.
Which is why I now cherry pick not religion, I happily cherry pick Love in everyone and everything.
(and in writing this post – I mis-typed and corrected (about ten times) the word “cherry”. I think I prefer my – corrected – typo: “cheery picking”)