Friday, April 19, 2013

To become an activist or not

I have told myself that I wouldn't become a fanatic about anything in my life ever again.  My life of Christian zeal took almost everything I had, including my sanity.

Since I have abandoned faith I have become so much calmer, more peaceful, happier.

But, I see so many of my friends still caught in the religious loop.  Trapped in their hopes and fears in things unseen.  Do I want them to have to get to the point of complete psychological break before they accept that it is all a myth?

This is where I am. I have not made a decision yet.  I long to find a way to peacefully confront these delusions.


fRED said...

This morning I ended up contemplating the story of Job. There may be some touch points or similarities worth pondering.

Like you, Job was devout and blessed by God but then something happened and Job questioned his relationship with God. His friends came to support him during this period and ended up blaming him. They tried to convince Job to ignore his questions, his confusion and, instead, to just suck it up-to accept the responsibility himself and abandon his intellect. Does that sound familiar?

Near the end of the book of Job, God appears in a whirlwind to Job. Stop. Think about that-how and when God shows up to Job: in a whirlwind (KJV; NAB has "out of a storm"). [Note that God does not speak or appear to Job's "friends" at this point.]

Oddly, God ignores Job's questions and arguments; instead, God speaks about the awesomeness of His creation and creative power. The result is that Job perceives God and his relationship in a totally different and new way that is somehow very pleasing to God.

In the end, God has Job pray for the friends in order to save them from severe punishment; God will not even accept prayers from the 3 friends despite their offering sacrifices to God.

In the end, they all lived happily ever after.

There is wisdom here, if you look for it. (The wisdom is not from me; it exists). I think God is bigger than religion (as VeggieTales said, "God is bigger than the bogeyman." And who/what is one of the biggest bogeymen than institutional religion).

I also read this morning that God is not bound by our definitions: for these arise within the contexts of our limited insights-insights based upon the finite prejudice of our partial experience and the temptation we are under to universalize the insight and bind it upon God. I recall John Lennon encouraging people not to idolize him (and the Beatles) as saviors or the like; instead, he encouraged us to find what work for ourself, to be work out our own salvation (rather than wait for the Beatles or some other celebrity to bestow it). I hope you find it.

PEACE to you.

AJL said...

Have you seen kumare? I like it.

thanks for your thoughts.