the wooing of a lost world

During the next few days our Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of the right of gay folks to marry and so receive the comforts and responsibilities of married life. Some comments…and questions.

Why is it that a great number of Christians have to support the taking away of important civil rights from people who are homosexual?

One reason might be because of their belief that every bit of their holy scriptures (the Bible) was written by their God using human beings as instruments to record God’s own actual thoughts: the recorded words of the all-powerful and all-knowing God, the only true and real God.

Where did the idea that all of the Bible is totally true and was originated by the only true God—come from?

The Bible proclaims itself to be God’s personal message to human kind, and since every word in it is believed to be the actual words of God, this literally has to be accepted by a great number of Christians. Their mantra is “the Bible is God’s word and cannot be questioned.” So I must ask…

Why then did God allow so many miracles and contradictions in the Bible? Did God intentionally include unbelievable passages to test the faith of believers? Is there another explanation for such a situation to exist if the Bible is actually God’s words?

Is it that if believers don’t follow the teachings of their God-given scriptures, they would be sinning just as they claim gays are sinning by not following God’s ideas about gay relationships?

Is it that we shouldn’t be too hard on those Christians who believe that being gay is a lifestyle choice because if it isn’t a choice, then comes the question: If God made them that way, what is all the fuss about?

Would believing that homosexuals are born gay put a crack in one’s faith or even destroy faith? Is it that nonbelievers don’t want to disparage anyone’s faith unless the faith is used for ill like killing and maiming innocent folks or trying to scare folks into believing in their religion because it’s the only way to avoid an eternity of torture or trying to undo the lack of prejudice against gays?

It’s true that Christians do a lot of good things, but is this gay issue a huge stumbling block? Are they caught in a terrible thought vice that’s squeezing the creditability out of their spiritual teachings?

Well, not so fast. They could become more liberal in their Christian beliefs rather than deserting the whole faith. There are many Christian churches which would welcome them with open arms.

The fundamentalists know this yet they stay where they are because they can’t admit that their God who controls and knows everything would create a gay person. Being so firmly set in the thought vice of their beliefs, they have to somehow support the belief that gayness is a personal choice.

They are literally forced by their teaching and interpretations of their perfect holy scriptures to take a sincere stance against gay relationships. So, why do they want to punish gays by trying to make them partial citizens?

It seems they must think God has put them up to this task of punishing the gays just as Christian leaders convinced knights and armies to take back Jerusalem from the infidels during the Crusades: a debacle which lasted from the 11th into the 13th century. What about all that unnecessary misery and death?

Christian teaching says God will punish the evildoers, and it also tells the followers not to judge, and in their not judging, they will avoid the risk of being judged.

By widely propagating their judgments (“Being gay is a choice.”) and actions against gay relationships (trying to keep gays from the comforts of marriage), conservative Christians have opened the door to be judged by any and everyone.

So why the persecution of gays? Do a large number of Christians think the gay evildoers will escape the just punishment of their all-knowing and all-powerful God?

Are these self-appointed judgers and punishers shouting to the world by their words and deeds that God can break the promise of dealing justly with evildoers?

Is the gay issue just one of the detour signs hindering Christianity’s true path: the wooing of a lost world?

 

a bunch of zeros

Is it that the non-conventional becomes conventional then becomes old and is replaced and forgotten and then gains value as it becomes an antique object or idea? Is this sequence a single generation in ideadom?

What is it that allows a sequence to happen? What’s the context of time and space and all that’s in them? Isn’t text a context to the white space around it?

Does the mystery exist behind language not caring and ever patient?

Is the greatest mystery yet to be discovered because it can only be discovered or mined individually — person by person on one’s own — and afterward unable to be passed on or delivered to others? Is this a spirituality that has to be earned by being willing to wait for it and learning how not to expect it as opposed to just asking for it?

What is the thing that can get one started on this ultimate adventure? Is it that the most sophisticated dream has to begin to suspect that it’s a dream?

Am I a dream that dreams itself? A dream that’s real but still a dream? Am I like a bunch of zeros and ones on my hard drive and actually take up no actual room at all?

 

hail hail the answer’s here

Should I be spending a lot of time on something that I don’t want or need?

Is it wise for me to spend time waiting for the thing or things I want or need most to come looking for me?

Can I wait for better health to happen to me? Or will I have to do something about it? Should I wait patiently to win the lottery?

Is it that waiting might pay off or it might not? Can waiting be a long shot and/or a best shot? How does waiting affect the most valuable commodity: time?

Is knowing how and when to wait a key skill?

We know it as good timing, and it’s well known that waiting can actually be doing something about something. And best of all, there’s an opening to do something else while waiting.

Should I have a list of things ready to go? What can best take the pain out of waiting? Will we in great numbers vote for the smart phone? Hail hail the answer’s here.

Is it that I have to keep myself occupied?
Is knowing how and when to rest also a key skill?

 

good-fitting shoes

What are the important things in life? One’s innate ability and one’s background? Is how we choose right up there with those two?

Is choosing shaped on how much we value the long term as opposed to the short term? Is it that one of these terms is about an imaginary place and much of the time doesn’t occupy our thinking and the other is a real place, our own huge stage: the area we move around in while supported by an ever-changing physical now?

And is it how we view and think about these two places a starting point to see what can be seen? So logically, which of the two places should be supported to bring the two to be at least equal in influence? What would be the best balance between the two? Something like the symbol of yin and yang?

Or would it be best if long-term thinking could always be the one to decide with authority to pause for a while and be distracted when appropriate and needed? Would this long-term thinking become a dictatorship? Perhaps a benevolent dictatorship?

How might this come about? By sorting out long-term goals and desires and then understanding which roads will have to be taken and the deeds which will have to be done?

Then take to the road and do the deeds to the point that they fit like well-broken-in shoes and take time off when it’s proper and best while living at a pace that can be maintained even if the pace is erratic at times by spending less than what is earned.

Is it a given that a party is a whole lot better when wearing good-fitting shoes?

 

magical thinking 2

Does magical thinking (faith in fantasies) help keep the poor from rising up to claim the justice they deserve in this life by their thinking day after day and week after week that their time will surely come in an afterlife if not this life because of their faith that their beliefs are the only true set of beliefs out of all of the other religious sets of beliefs on earth?

What are the odds of having the only set of true beliefs if there could be such a thing and added to that what are the odds of surviving death? Are the odds so long that they equal the numerical length of pi?

 

waiting and hoping

Are we all in some way waiting and hoping? Does this keep us fixed on a future which doesn’t have the best odds of happening because just using the word waiting makes the hoping a long shot? Does waiting give the impression that the one waiting cannot do anything to change the situation and is left to take whatever comes?

So what to do? What to think?

Does being occupied doing something constructive help proper thoughts come in their own time? Is it a much better situation than doing nothing and waiting for the proper thoughts to come so they can be acted upon?

Does activity spark positive thinking? Does variety spark creativity?

 

a real revival

Do you think any credible and rational religious leader would try to force others to follow his or her religious teachings and beliefs if the other folks didn’t believe in the teachings or beliefs?

The Jesus of the New Testament gave credence to the idea that secular government is separate from religious teaching: “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.” 

Obedience to secular governments is stressed in the New Testament: “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king as supreme or unto governors…”

Is it that Jesus was a credible religious leader who had socialist leanings? Is it that some of today’s most faithful followers ignore many of the wonderful teachings and examples contained in their holy scriptures?

Is it not a religious group’s job to make their beliefs into civil laws but to live lives worth emulating: lives which express “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” and not spending precious time creating laws which hinder other citizens from experiencing all the joys and privileges of their citizenship such as being able to visit each other as family members wherever they may be, as other citizens are able to do?

Why are so many religious followers so far off of their proper path which is to follow their teaching by using love rather than force? Why are they so distracted? Is “satan” the one tempting them with the power found in politics so that they might become discredited and lose their way and their influence? Are they are giving time to almost anything except what they are supposed to be doing?

Is it that if individual believers became a power unto themselves by being authentic believers—not just seat warmers—would they no longer need or be influenced by the rants and raves from many of their leaders?

Why not become spiritually independent simply by living lives worth emulating, and wouldn’t such lives carry no hindrances to having interesting experiences and would this way of living probably lead to having very effective lives?

Would this be a real revival composed of precious long-term thinking and actions? Should believers leave all of the judging to God? Isn’t positive behavior much better than negative behavior when trying to lead others to your way of thinking?

Is it that trying to dominate others by making them feel like second-class citizens, hateful? Are the odds very high that it is hateful—even if the motives seem justified to the persecutors?

If Christians feel persecuted, could it be because of their unjustified persecution of others? Why should anyone be forced by law or any other way to live by religious teachings to which they do not subscribe?

a little bit of background

I no longer believe in or trust in the Christian God, yet I love my Christian heritage and I remember well how good it felt to be safe and secure as a member of the only group on earth which had in its possession the only true set of religious teachings and to be one of those whose destiny is an eternity of joy.

I realized over a period of time that if I had been born into a family with a different religious brand, I would have had the same sincerity and trust in its teachings that I had with the teachings of Christianity.

I now am an agnostic because it makes sense and there’s no need to prove anything, and both of the extremes are beliefs, and it would seem the theists would need several batches of faith because of all their magical thinking, and the atheists would need maybe just a little more than a molecule of faith because of their lack of magical thinking.

So, with some regret, I gave up my magical thinking and I’m taking my chances—since it’s hardly possible and so over the top that there’s an all-powerful creator somewhere keeping complete records of everyone’s thoughts and actions and who is going to torture all non-believers forever in a lake of fire. Those beliefs now seem to me like tales hatched by witch doctors with dreams of power.