posted on Jul, 31 2005 @ 05:03 AM
I myself am a Christian. I go to church regularly because I love the fellowship I have there and the chance to worship in a corporate setting, but am
not in a place where I feel that I "must go". I don't go around bashing other's beliefs because I feel that mine are more right than anyone elses.
When I feel the need to go someplace "sacred" and pray and meditate on major issues in my life I do slip out of the house and head to my church,
turn on the cd player and slip in a cd in the sanctuary, just out of habit and my need to feel a closeness, though I recognize that God is in all
things. For me, though, it just feels right.
When I am just in awe of God's majesty, though, I feel him when I walk through the woods, when I look at a gently moving stream, when I lay under a
magnificent tree and see the intricacies of the limbs and realize how perfect it all is. I honor nature and see God's handiwork in all things as the
creator, but how I view it is a far cry from worshiping the tree as the creator, rather than the creator for his creation.
I see the beauty in everything, and I honor it as a part of creation, but I don't worship the creation or question it's creation. All of us have a
connection with the creator, just some's connection is more realized than others.
When I pray, I don't pray to the rock by the lake. I don't pray to the tree for it's magnificence, but I pray to my Father, my God, my creator. I
pray to Abba, the one who created me in his image, and therefore opened my eyes to see the beauty of his creation. Creation show's his splendor, his
majesty, and yes, even his humor. Just think of the elephants and the long snout, the ostrich and it's neck, the duck billed platupus. Think of the
God who could find create the giraffe with such a long neck and you realize his humor.
I speak no ill of those who do not deny God's existence, because I once denied it. When I accepted his existence as fact, my eyes were opened,
though. I began to be able to appreciate beauty in nature, for what it's worth. Yes, I believe that there is energy that flows through the universe,
but, more specifically, through the earth. I have my own thoughts on what the breath of life that was breathed into Adam by God was, but for an
unwillingness to begin a huge debate I won't name what I believe it to be. I will say that energy flows through every creation on this planet,
though, to greater or lesser degrees.
To Christians out there who are hostile to people of differing views than you, I ask you to stop your ranting and ramblings. People of more "earthy"
beliefs than you are not necessarily wrong in their views, and, besides, they have heard all the scripture references that you are throwing at them.
Also, if you believe that getting all hot and bothered at them and just casting scripture at them will change their views, you are sorely mistaken.
Open your eyes to what they have to say about nature, not with them trying to convert you or anything, just to understand the beauty of the creation
that they see, and then maybe you can talk civily. People only recipricate and listen openly to you when you listen with an open mind to what they are
trying to say to you. Many times, they just want you to appreciate the beauty and symetry of it all.
just my thoughts,