4.05.2010

Monday Afternoon Pick Me Up

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

can't believe no one has commented on former Decatur-ite Kevin Kolb being names Philly's starting QB!

Anonymous said...

Kevin is a good kid.

Anonymous said...

Mzchief, where did you learn about God?

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Kevin and family! So many kids want to make it big in football--so few do!

Anonymous said...

Is that Daryl Hannah?

mzchief said...

To anonymous 2:34...
Since you have asked, several times....

I was raised by a devout Catholic and a devout Jew. I attended, from grade school to graduation from high school, two Catholic girl's schools maintained by cloistered nuns. I've been both confirmed and bat mitzvahed. Living both religions made me understand that God is big enough for more than one religion. That thinking fostered my interest in learning about the world's major religions and their histories. I spent a significant portion of my free time during a 15 year span of time, reading the religious texts, multiple interpretations of those texts and histories of the texts and religions featured within the texts. Learning a specific religion is a simple matter because there are all manner of people willing to tell/teach a person about "their" religion. It was upon learning the history of each religion that I realized the majority of them spoke of the same God just in a different context. Most religion is nothing more than the retelling and reinterpretation of the previous civilization's myths and fables. Elders or people within a society who wish to gain or maintain control of the society are the ones who establish the myths and fables that are to be adhered to and how they are interpreted. Historically, the interpretation and adherence of the myths and fables did not pertain to the people in charge of making certain the masses followed the rules.

That being the case, I never lost sight that there is indeed a God. However, God is just that, God and outside of the human experience and beyond human definition. God transcends human emotions but is manifested in the infinite goodness and brilliance of which humans are capable. It is my belief that it is humans who love God but God being God is incapable of something as simplistic as human emotion. However, it is the love of God or something greater than themselves that grants humans the ability and inspiration to achieve great acts and greatness. It is the belief in God that has enabled humans to endure and overcome unimaginable hardship and achieve incredible feats. I learned as a child, prayers are not intended to change God, they are intended to change the person who prays.

As for my personal feelings toward religion. I believe most religions interfere with people having a true relationship with God in that most religions first REQUIRE people believe in the religion before they can believe or know God. Christianity and Islam have set their prophets as demi-gods. Trust me, I do not require the opinion of ANY man about God for me to know or love God. I do not require ANY rules of ANY man for me to know the inspiring touch of God. That being said, I certainly encourage all people who believe religion aids them in knowing and fostering a relationship with God to seek a religion that best suits them. However, when an individual and/or group decides to force upon and require others to adopt the cannons of their religion that religion should be abolished and viewed as a threat to society and civilization. Look at the death and destruction caused, for centuries, by Christianity and Islam and tell me I am wrong.

Anonymous said...

Mzchief, thank you for answering my question,in a round about Obama way. Seems to me or sounds to me that you have learned about God through books, perhaps even the Bible. You say all others have made a demi-god for themselves, sweetheart, you have made the biggest demi-god yet for yourself. Again, you will be judged on that great day along with the rest of us. Sounds scary doesnt it, because there is only one way to get to heaven and that is through Christ our Lord. LOve ya.

mzchief said...

To anonymous 8:18...
I clearly answered your question. If you do not like my answer or are incapable of comprehending my answer, that is your problem.

You seemingly fail to understand the simple fact, ONLY Christians believe in the power of their mythical martyr. You believing your mythical martyr is all powerful over ALL people, even non-believers, is the height of arrogant, self-righteousness and absurdity. I do not believe God or some dude with a list aka St. Peter judges ANYONE. It is the act of having and acting on my FAITH that makes my existence better. I do not do what I do, in my life, so as to afford me a cushier cloud in Heaven. I do not believe in God as a service to God, I do it because it allows me a more enjoyable and peaceful life. People who believe God gives a rat's hind end about their day to day BS are not only delusional they think WAAAAYYYYY too much of themselves.

Good luck with your religion. I hope it works for you.

Anonymous said...

Peter will not judge anyone, I dont know where people get that. Our Lord is all powerfull and all knowing and the judge of ALL.Service to God is the reason of our creation, this service is not to make it a better life here but one when we are dead, we are to enter into much tribulation before entering into the Kingdom of Heaven. If you would, will you answer another question for me please? Where do you go when you die? I did understand your answer on the first question, you believe in God because you reas it in books and im assuming one to be the bible. But, just knowing and believing there is a God wont get you anywhere. Love you lots Mzchief.