So would we better off without God at all?
Never to have this ongoing row about where “He” is … who “He” is … how “He” should be worshiped … whether “He” is responsible for all the bad stuff around us … whether “He” should intervene in every headache and heart by-pass … whether “He” shouldn’t have made us at all …
Do you know ..
As I write those accusations so often levelled at “Him” … it sounds just like the low-grade complaining of every “terrible twos” – every “teenager tantrum” – every “it’s not fair” we carry throughout the rest of our lives.
Would we be better off determining our own past, present and future devoid of all the mumbo-jumbo of religion and faith-wars and inter-denominational (and intra-denominational) bitching? Is it true that it is all just bad-brainwashing … that remote tribes have no concept of “Him” until “we” reach-out to “them” and taint “them” with “our” poisonous belief systems … ?
Do you know …
Ditto again! And that I never expected. Weird!
Or is it … ?
Let me introduce two people I don’t really like.
One is a “believer” and the other is a “non-believer”. One takes on the other – and the other responds in kind. Both write with polar-opposite beliefs. Both have a great following and loads of comments under their own posts. Both get very personal very quickly about the other and not in a kind way.
Nether comment under my stuff.
One because I eventually blocked him permanently (after several temporary suspensions), the other because he never seems to find what I write “commentable” (or even “likeable” very much).
And it’s all over “Him”.
And what all three of us believe individually about “Him”.
And that is just nuts! Because both these people … ?
I like reading their stuff when they are not bigging-up or tearing-down “Him” (or each other) … both have a sense of humour … both are committed to the human race and its survival … both have family and friends … both have jobs and different stuff … both have wide interests and full lives … and both love to help others.
Both have a curiosity and love of this place we call “home”.
Yet my beliefs have changed. And I know the beliefs of the other two have changed. And I suspect that change will keep on happening (I know it is true in my case). AND I am confident that if we all met somewhere without realising it was “us” – AND we were NOT in a church or atheist gathering – THEN we would find we had a lot in common with each other.
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:49-53
And I am confident that if we did allow ourselves to find we had a lot in common – then maybe we could even find there was stuff in the bible we agreed with as well. Because the bible is not all about “Him” … it’s all about “us”.
So why do we always make it about “me”?
(no “Him” required)
BTW Ark, you are still banned from commenting 🙂