God is shaking his head.
Jesus told us to love one another. We failed with the indigens worldwide, African slaves and millions of innocent people from central America to the
middle east, from the dark ages to the present day. We failed with generations of suspicion and hate towards anyone given to independence, originality
and individuality from witch-hunts to lynch-mobs to the Inquisition.
Jesus told us to not to worship false idols, nor to hoard earthly treasures, but money is the preoccupation of so many who claim to be faithful. Why
are Buildings, books and middle-eastern real estate all necessities if one is to know God?
Jesus said that if we let God into our hearts we are invincible, that faith alone will empower us with victory over the dark elements of the universe.
Faith may rightly be a realm for the innocent and unquestioning, as Jesus is the ultimate shepherd, but beware those who seek to exploit all people’s
faith for their own very-earthly ends. If those who step forward to lead us along the road of righteousness, a road studded with sacrifices and
painful decisions, are motivated primarily by fiscal, political and material considerations, are they not surely using our Lords name in vain? We are
embarking on one of humanity’s defining periods where strength, resolve and a strong, pure heart are not just helpful but absolutely critical. If we
are compromised by ulterior motives, economic incentives, awkward and contradictory alliances and plain hypocritical behaviour, then we are seriously
failing at God’s biggest challenge yet to his children.
Don’t take the “bible” literally. It is no longer the infallible word of god after thousands of years of interpretation and re-interpretation by
people with agendas of control and power. God wants his children to experience him by EXPERIENCING GOD, not by oppression, threat, guilt or
God doesn’t want us to build false idols in his name. We can experience God every minute of every day, in the grandest church of all, the universe.
The celestial ceiling is a far better sign of the all-encompassing force which we are all a part than any oil painting can depict (no discredit
towards the great cathedral painters of history, its just that they are up against a pretty good artist).
Yes, I believe prayer works. The act of focusing our mental and spiritual power towards the betterment of ourselves and those around us is an
important glimpse into our potential. This is perhaps organised religion’s most noble achievement in touching upon our potential, but still falls well
short as subservience to a ‘greater’ power is emphasized over individual empowerment. Prayer may be the sanctuary off all people, not just those who
follow a particular code or strain of religion.
I don’t need a cross in the sky to make me appreciate that who and where we are right now is nothing short of magical. I take none of this for granted
and I revere the complex, brilliant, impossible-to-rationally-comprehend forces which have made this all possible for us. I love this energy, I let it
into my heart and I hope as many other humans as possible can start feeling this way too.
Those who are closest to God do not need a label, a book, a patch of land nor an expensive building to feel this power.