I believe the Bible is a collection of metaphors. People just have this colorful way of speaking. It’s how we communicate. A lot of symbolism in religion is intuition.
It’s about energy. Very scientific, really. Call it what you want. But I believe when people congregate in a place of worship we create energy that connects us to people.
A friend wanted to go to church, so I went with her yesterday.
However, I like distance from organized religion because ministers are just vehicles for the spirit, but they are flawed humans.
I love Jesus — the symbol Jesus. He carries our sins because we’re weak – it’s the way we’re made. That’s why spiritual leaders have spiritual leaders. They need someone to advise them so they don’t form cults, and tell people God told them to have sex with them, or to drink Kool-Aid with cyanide in it.
I do need a spiritual leader, some authority. I have to appreciate that the spiritual leader is human, to have compassion for that.
Religions and spiritual texts have exercises where at the end of the day you assess your behavior – it’s necessary to function in a healthy way.
There are people who take the message too literally, tainting the idea of religion.
There is no cosmic Santa Claus, as the minister of my family church has said. God’s not going to save me from disease, death, debt – maybe to an extent. I don’t think it makes sense for me to think that I made it through something death-defying because God loves me. I’m sure there are people involved in some of the myriad tragedies who believed and who were worthy of this “salvation”, but didn’t “make it”. We’re so self-centered. I do believe it’s okay to thank God that you did come through.
God is my higher consciousness. When I’m aligned with it, I get the answers to problems, because I open my energy up by being willing.
My spirit life is about radiating positive energy within challenges I face with people day to day. It’s also about facing death, my own death, the death of loved ones.
I think the way we look at death encourages gluttony, greed, and hatred. We believe it’s so final, that we cling to temporal things, including other lives. That energy is transformed and not final. I don’t know what happens when we die, but I should be okay with it because it’s natural. So why is death bad?
You see it on refrigerator magnets, but really, we only have today. That’s where my joy and so-called blessings are – not in the future after I’ve obtained my goals.
My spiritual quest is about learning how to stay in the present and being alive where I am now. This makes my life more manageable and I can start new each day.
The minister who preached at my family church was intellectual, but he would build up a fervor, after he captured you with reason.
Reason is what keeps me faithful, despite outward appearance. I say vile things, and contemplate evil, but in the end my spirit strives for moderation. Mostly I walk in a certain direction, despite what I say. But sometimes I am mischievous. Sometimes I don’t want anything to do with God.
I don’t want to preach. Maybe I have here – fuck it. This is just my experience. I believe that the universe is vast, and that the possibilities are just as vast. And there’s so much I don’t know. Why shouldn’t I embrace the idea of God? There, I said it.