reply to post by depleteduranium92
I don't intend to "stomp on anyone's 'beliefs'" in what I'm about to write, but this is how I see it:
my parent's weren't religious at all and at the best of times they might have gotten "philosophical" but never in a preachy sense (besides
instructing me in basic etiquette and morality) but I just really had no sense of "religion" in my family.. however my friends were a different
story and (because they were my friends
and you are supposed to share their interests) i would go to church with them in elementary school and
these people were ABSOLUTELY religious and "spoke in tongues" and the lot of it..
now, i really couldn't see
the bible and Christ (and 'God') through the same lens as they could but i did see it at interesting because the
philosophy of Christianity was basically synonymous with what i learned at home..
I vividly remember being in their church and when they would mention "the father" i would imagine MY
father's face because i had no analog
for an entirely incorporeal God haha.. I adopted the philosophy (as you might notice in my signature) pretty early on: "you can't teach anyone
anything they don't already know" (though i didn't exactly phrase it that way at the time haha)
So, to skip over my life story, i just wanted to say that from my perspective
, the bible, the torah, the kabbalah, the book of enoch, the
vedas, and every other mythology is describing a very real and profound truth that EVERYONE can benefit from
..IF it can be understood in the context it emerged from, and integrated into the whole of an individual's understanding..
if a person is stuck looking at the world through ONE mythology (or philosophy), it's like only watching black and white movies, or ONLY driving
Hondas, or something equally compulsive..
if people could just open themselves to the Truths
that are SHARED between Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Gnostic Christianity, Islam,
Discordianism, and The Church of The Subgenius, I can almost guarantee that life will be far too interesting and entertaining to really suffer
in the same way that those who think "most of the world is going to hell" might suffer on a daily basis..
I don't claim to have reached some "enlightened state of mind" or implying that i know a "better" path than anyone reading these words, but in
the same breath: I'm speaking from experience