So, today I have spent a lot of time contemplating religion, apporpeau for a Sunday I suppose.
In general I have few religious hangups. I’ve been to the Buddhist temple here in KC and back in Iowa where my friend’s family hosted it in their home. I’ve been to the Hindu temple in Omaha & here in Shawnee. I’ve been to religious round tables, and sat in on discussions with Islamic imams. I’ve been to gong bath meditations with Sikhs.
This morning though I got stuck on my few hangups about Christianity. I was bullied as a child by “good Christian children” that their parents couldn’t believe would bully another child, or so they said. Apples don’t fall far from the tree.
I’ve watched Christians harass and belittle people of a wide variety of walks of life. I’ve watched “good Christians” physically harm other people based on race and religion. So, then I get stuck, very upset, when Christians try & tell me or anyone else that taking Jesus as their saviour is the only way to God.
I can feel right now I’m headed out of my vortex, so I’ll wrap up by saying that many religions predate Christianity. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam share the same old testament bible/torah, yet those 3 are the religions most at war with each other and the rest of the world. Yet, other religions have survived for thousands of years longer.
I don’t honestly believe the religious label that someone claims makes them any more or any less likely to find their connection to God. It’s more about their life, what they resonate with, and how they come to an understanding of the weird ways of the universe.
What matters more to me is that any individual is attempting to find love in their hearts for themselves and their fellow human beings. That they attempt to show that love as much as possible and allow the love to win over anything else. Finding compassion and understanding for their fellow humans as much as possible. Showing that compassion through charitable works of any variety.
That to me speaks to holding God in your heart regardless of the labeling or religious politics you side with.
So today, I’ve decided to drop my oars of resistance over religious politics by going to the Hare Krishna’s open house. Some meditation and great vegetarian feasting for a Sunday afternoon of peace and positive contemplation.