I guess that if I have developed anything like “religious convictions” (although I’d prefer not to call them that) over the years, they would be:
1. That God really does care about all of us, regardless of all the evidence to the contrary.
2. The Bible is a guide (an excellent guide, mind you, and the one that really speaks to my heart) to the Word of God, and not the Word per say. It is not the only guide. As it says in the Bible, God’s Word is in our hearts. There are too may interpretations and too many people insisting that theirs is the only correct one to perceive this differently.
3. A spiritual (and maybe somewhat linguistic) philosophy influenced by many–including my understanding of natural philosophy (science) and some pagan–sources, but mainly rooted in the historical recordings of the words of Jesus Christ, the historical context in which he lived, and his part in the rebellion against the established order of his time (including the priests in charge of the Temple of Jerusalem), and centered around John 1:1 and 1:14.
4. I experience the spiritual presence of God through the bonds (especially unconditional love) and interactions (although God is certainly not the only thing I experience through general interactions) I have with the people closest to me (and anyone when it comes to interactions). In some way, something of God comes through everyone and everything, because they are part of God. Even the family dog (because Trouble really is no trouble at all, and she is a Godsend in many ways). Yes, that means I believe that other intelligent creatures are “people” too (but I am not here to discuss how intelligent other creatures are or are not).
5. Every living person has done wrong, in some way harmed others. It is, or at least seems, in our nature and it becomes too easy to make wrong decisions–even when our intentions are good–if we do not remain vigilant. Not everyone continues to do wrong; many people at least try to make right decisions as often as humanly possible.
6. A system that allows a very small number of people to gain and maintain more than 80% of the wealth, especially when that system disdains, ostracizes and demonizes anyone with little or no income or anyone who criticizes it, is hardly much different from a corrupt aristocracy.
6a. This same system, “corporatism,” breeds and nurtures rampant “bullyism” into all levels of our society, because of it’s overemphasis of the capitalist “spirit of fair competition.” The corporate way is to assimilate or crush all competition, and there is nothing “fair” about it. This principle is reflected in and woven into even the lowest levels of our society and culture.
- They Claim To Speak for God (Part Two) (pilgrimpassing.com)
- Question: I’m Struggling, But Church Keeps Saying Just “Read Your Bible” (jsparkblog.com)