9 Reasons My God’s Not Dead

Okay….. God’s not dead, BUT, He’s just tired of knee – jerk, behind – kissing followers who act like GROUPIES & don’t actually put the teachings of Jesus into practice  ( feeding the poor & homeless, teaching the illiterate, helping the sick, aiding the less fortunate, etc.), or Buddhists who just sit & chant, or Muslims who observe the Five Pillars of the Islamic faith.

I don’t really like the pat answers like ” you can see God in a sunrise “, & such. Generic, pious platitudes that seem deep for a few moments but aren’t very satisfying. Chocolate for the soul.

I, like the original Founding Fathers, consider myself a Deist. They believed in A god, just not necessarily ” Big G ” God. My belated disclaimer.

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A Little Commentary – Are We in Danger of becoming Automatons of Faith?

I was raised in a religious home, with a fairly religious background – even though, truth be known, church was an almost excrutiatingly boring experience as a child = The pastor had little patience in dealing with kids & adolescents / teens – anyway, I was still fairly religious, & reasonably sure in the Protestant Christian faith.

Later in life, I could see people who appeared to just go through the motions, & I could see those that said one thing & did pretty much the exact opposite. & those who believed things just because ” it says so in the Bible “. I have a cousin who I love dearly, but ask her to even take an objective look at what she believes, & you’re probably safer in the path of a funnel – cloud while being in a mine – field with packs of C – 4 around your waist. 🙂

I think people would be better examining why they believe what they believe instead of just taking things ” on faith “, which is a contradiction, I realize. Some people don’t question beliefs because they were raised in them most of their lives, of course. But to examine is HEALTHY.

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The War On Christmas Is Over – Muslim Sufi Artists Play Favorite Christmas Songs (Video)

I’m not going to offer much commentary – political or otherwise here. Just a wish for a Merry Christmas & / or a non – denominational ” Happy Holidays “. Contrary to what Fox & the hyper – paranoid conservatives want us to believe, the followers of the Prophet are ** not ** lying in wait until they can storm our homes & blow us up or skewer us on / behead us with swords or other sharp objects.

Most of them just want to live their lives in peace like everybody else. What a concept.

Again – Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays – To ALL people of Good Faith ( or even no specific faith ) everywhere on Earth.

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These Muslim sufi and gazal musicians playing Christmas carols is everything the festive spirit is about.

Source: The War On Christmas Is Over – Muslim Sufi Artists Play Favorite Christmas Songs (Video)

Thoughts on ” Why I Hate Christmas Today “.

I beg to differ, & ” hate ” is a very strong word. Christmas is no longer wholly the celebration of the sacred that it used to be early / earlier in the 20th century ( 1940’s – 1950’s or 60’s ), & bear in mind that Christmas was a holiday devised by the Roman emperor Constantine to ” Christianize ” a pagan Roman festival of the Winter Solstice, but I love the holiday because. even though I haven’t practiced 1 specific religion in years,  Christmas is still a bright, emotionally warm spot in an otherwise cold & unpleasant  ( I DON’T do Winter well. I wish I could move someplace warmer, but that’s another story ) season that I wish I could hibernate through. A time for family, friends, neighbours & others. In my experience, people ARE generally kinder, more polite, warmer & more disposed to be charitable at this time than the rest of the year.

I find some of the commercial aspects of the season to grate on the nerves, but I grin & bear it. The memory of the Christmases of my relatively youthful years helps ( & a couple of glasses of whisky / brandy / vodka if available. 🙂 ). So, while I understand where the author is coming from, I definitely do NOT share their views 100 % or even 50 ( 30 ? ) %

A kindly holiday thought – to my fellow WordPressers…..

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Sunday Morning Spirituality

Finally – I THINK ( Could it be ? ) that someone in the sphere of ” organized religion ” GETS IT !

We need a little less formal religion / religious indoctrination ( Bricks & mortar ) & more spirituality to imbue the institutions with.

This is a rare post for me, as I’m ” One of the Nones ” / ” Spiritually Independent ” after spending many decades in one denomination after another.

Just a spoonful of thought…..

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