If you’re offended by any questioning and challenging of your view of religion then do not read any further. This is a questioning of all religious dogma with the focus being on Christianity as I live in the U.S.A in 2013.
Ggod is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.” I dont say “The Lord’s Prayer,” at the end of AA meetings. AA is supposed to be “Ggod as you understand him,” but that in itself says that our whole “spiritual”program is based on Christian dogma. One of the things I am proud of myself for doing as a child was rejecting church at five years old. The benefit of doing that was I don’t have a lot of preconceived ideas of what Ggod is. I do have to say that the drawback of that is that I didn’t have any ideas of what a spiritual life was before I got into AA the age of 30.
So my rebellious nature, which I thank Ggod for, causes me to have disdain for any unspoken rule of how life is supposed to be lived. So when my friends at my home group say “The Lord’s Prayer,” at the end of the Saturday 7 Mens’ Group’s AA meeting, my protestation is in my silence. I have thought of bringing it up at a business meeting, but I have already seen the results of doing this at other meetings. Wow do people get their panties in a bunch!! I realize that most people want to be sheep, as it’s less discombobulating to be that way. But I think it’s that sheep mentality which is the under pinning of much of what is wrong in our culture today.
“Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.” Here’s where the beginning of our troubles are. We have a bunch of people who wrote a bunch of books years after the events transpired, and told us as if they were there for every moment of every word, that everything they wrote was literally true. The same men who years after the events, wrote it all down, had a bias in that they wanted the people who they were preaching to, to follow their “belief,” system.
“In our tradition God is a male. This male and female differentiation is made, however, within…the field of duality. If God is beyond duality, you cannot say that God is a “He.” You cannot say God is a “She.” You cannot say God is an “It.”
We live in this world of deadly duality. We live in this world of “right,” and “wrong.” Who defines those terms are the ones who define reality and normalcy. I’m sorry but a bunch of old, celibate,(at least they say they are) predominantly white men, should not be able to be defining what is normal to anyone who’s not just like them. They epitomize what I call, “the dead’s rules for the living.”
Like I asked my friend the other day, when was the last time you saw a female pope. The answer, in the silence that came with it, spoke volumes.
“We need myths that will identify the individual not with his local group but with the planet.” The biggest separator in life today is those who follow one book versus those who follow another book, or even those who follow no book! That’s because our myth has made our icon different than their icon and they have done the opposite. How we pay respects to these icons and how we tell other people how to live their lives based on these icons is, as far as I’m concerned, the root of the problem in the world that will cause us all great grief.
“There’s nothing militant about Jesus. I don’t read anything like that in any of the gospels. Peter drew his sword and cut off the servant’s ear, and Jesus said, “Put back thy sword, Peter.” But Peter has had his sword out and at work ever since.”
No one calls this fact into question where I live. It’s not surprising since I live in the place dominated by that particular book. What that says to me is that we’ve been operating against the words of Jesus ever since. What I see happening in the rest of the world is that the others, the ones we have dismissed as not being like us, have picked up their own swords and are coming to cut off our ear.
“Tomorrow is the price for Yesterday.”*
“What is a Ggod? A Ggod is a personification of a motivating power of a value system that functions in human life and in the universe.” Nothing more than that. It’s not some imaginary father who lives in some faraway place where life is going to be perfect after you are dead here. There is no utopia anywhere else, but like every other dogma, the Christians have gotten their followers to buy into it they should delay their gratification about being alive until they go to a place that no one’s ever seen, no one’s ever returned from, which in reality doesn’t even exist. Why?
“The ultimate, unqualified mystery is beyond Human experience”