Wednesday, June 23, 2004

When We Are "Awake" We Know All

I have been searching for a way of explaining how I know what I know with regard to God and spirituality. Some of it I learned through reading of course. But some I just know. And I have known it for as long as I can remember. This “knowing” got me in trouble in Sunday school as a child when I would question things taught to me. Questions like “If Jesus tells us that the kingdom is within, why do we say there is a heaven and that the kingdom is coming?” or “If we are not to judge, then why do we... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 21, 2004

We Are All Divine

I just finished reading Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels. In it she talks about the Secret Book of John (Apocryphon of John) and its explaination of the story of Adam and Eve. The Secret Book suggests that the story of Eve's birth from Adam's side is the story of the awakening of our spiritual capacity - our oneness with God. Symbolically read, this story tells of how the blessed one above (also read as Mother-Father) sent Adam a helper, a "luminous epinoia"... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Organized Religion Complicates God

I have recently had to write a speech for my Toastmasters club on my feelings about religion. Here is the edited version: What do I really think about religion? Three people said some things that help to sum up my feelings on the topic: Mark Twain said: Man is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his religion isn’t straight. Blaise Pascal said: Men never do evil so completely and so cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. Susan B. Anthony... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Faith is Unnecessary

I’m a simple man with a background in Lutheran and Methodist teachings. And like many, I’ve had problems with some of the things I learned during my religious exposure. One of the problems I have had is in the need to have faith. From my point of view faith, from a religious perspective at least, is unnecessary. All you need is love. If one believes the definition of faith to be a belief in something without proof, the idea that we need to have faith that God exists is then wrong. God exists.... Sign in to see full entry.

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