I have been contemplating just what I want to do with the Sunday’s posts here on RJsCorner. I keep coming back to my religious studies of about a decade ago that are recorded in my blog RedLetterLiving.net. That is where I spent five years trying to figure out where I was in my spiritual life. A lot has changed since then especially in the religious realm. Christianity has been kidnapped by those on the radical political right! That disturbs me greatly. They have morphed Jesus into something that he NEVER was!
With all that in mind I think it is time to resurrect RedLetterLiving with weekly Sunday Posts. But before I do that I want to bring back some of the most insightful posts from that spiritual search and post them here on Sunday’s to make me realize how much I grew in the years since. If you want to browse the whole five-year series click here
Here is the first one from April 2019:
All of us think we are praying to God, but likely are we really aren’t. I know this is kind of a bold, some would say heretical, statement But I stand by those words. As I have frequently mentioned here, there are 39,000+ different versions of Christianity around today and each one believes they have it right and the others are just wrong in one degree or another. I’m sure I don’t have it right either; none of us do….
God is just too much for any of us to even imagine. Sadly, we spend far too much time vainly trying to shape God into our image. We Christians turn Jesus into and Anglo-type figure, but he really looked like most of those we are fighting in the Middle East right now. We Americans, especially those who follow Joel Osteen, turn him into a god who wants all of us to be avid capitalists and millionaires.
God is God, trying to label him to fit your beliefs is useless and futile on every level.
In that regard I kind of like Gandhi’s words about God.
I believe in the fundamental Truth of all great religions of the world. And I believe that if only we could, all of us, read the scriptures of the different Faiths from the stand-point of the followers of those faiths, we should find that they were at the bottom, all one and were all helpful to one another.
Since there can’t be thousands of gods controlling our actions and fate there has to be only one, or none. The first path to fully accepting that is to admit it that we, meaning none of us, don’t really know who God is.
I am a firm believer in “Coexist”. That is that we all allow each other to see God in our own way. None of those ways come even close to describing the true God, but that’s ok.
Don’t try to force your god on me. I am too busy creating my own.