Wow, good thread subject.
I agree with your point of view and I notice a lot of similarities between my own thinking and yours. I too am a mid-westerner, my sisters and
brothers and I were raised Roman Catholic and we've all pretty much abandoned the Sunday ritual of going to Mass. Interestingly, my next older
sister, Suzy, married a cool guy who happened to be from Tennessee and she decided to accept Jesus into her life as a Southern Baptist, her
husband's denomination. More on that following.
I, on the other hand, abandoned Mass and all it's trappings and rituals and never looked back. I love the idea of God, and the examples Jesus set
for us in his life, but, my faith is solidified by paranormal happenings more than a book written over 1500 years ago and accepted by so many that
it's words are Spiritual Law. I don't see it as a book of laws. I see The Holy Bible more as a "Idiot's Guide to Right and Wrong". I, personally
live my life under the Golden Rules that Jesus taught us such as "Do unto others as you would have them, do unto you" and "Turn the other cheek".
I refer to my tenets as "Living Karmically". I am a moral man, to the best of my abilities, I make decisions based on logic and not emotion, again,
to the best of my abilities. It works for me. It's also understood and generally approved of by my buddy who's "A Good Morman boy". He say's
I've boiled it all down to the basics, but, believe's I get the Gist. He gets it. I get it. Chances are, Kleverone, YOU get it.
But, my Born again-Southern Baptist
sister, born in '59 and grew up drinking, smoking, partying, Whoo-hoo! Pass the Bong in 1976!!! looks me
dead in the eye and says "What's Karma?" whenever I fend off her attempts to get me into the House of Jesus and all his Perpetual Glory
crap. She indeed shakes her head and tells me the Devil's squeezing tight.
As if the Devil wasn't there, smacking her on the ass, all through the '70's and early 80's. Oh? By her description, he had her but good. Mention
a UFO, and she all but glazes over. I even give her the benefit of the doubt and said he wouldn't make the whole Universe and just stick our asses on
a planet in the middle of a great, cold expanse. Why wouldn't he fill the cold expanse with other lives, also in his image, and why couldn't they be
more advanced than us, maybe God made them before he made us?
No way, she ain't budging. I hope you find a way to break past the roadblocks a lot of Christians put up to block out the "fantastic" stuff not
written in a 2000 year old book.
Whew, I gotta stop there.
But, I dig where ya comin from man.
I dig it.