reply to post by Jameliel
You are muddying the truth with pseudo-wisdom speak.
All I have said, or if I haven't then it was unintentionally ambiguous or not said at all, was this: every person is responsible for their own
religious well-being. You will know what is good especially when you are using the beliefs that have already been seen through the existing truths of
any number of existing religions. Does that mean you must BLINDLY follow what every church or synagogue or temple is telling you? Of course not!
God didn't only give you the ability to perceive spirit, he/she/it gave you an intellect which, coincidentally, I believe we at least in part share
with God's mind but that's a different story.
If you are so ready to use religion to guide you as the sole means of truth in the one life you have, the only gift that you truly were given ever,
then it was never a gift to begin with. Even with those people who have chosen to devote their lives to serve others as ministers or catholic nuns or
monks...their lives while seemingly singular in their focus is pretty varied and rich. You should talk to one if you haven't and get to know them.
You'll be surprised and honored.
The truth is, don't follow a religion if you don't want to but truth, logic and humanity (i.e., morality, kindness, care of others, to name a few)
are universal and can be seen, if you look hard enough, as the distilled essence of almost any religion you can find (or perhaps a negative inverse
when looking at certain dis-positive types.)
Think. In mathematics. Start with any number representing your potential. Now: be negative. Subtract. Subtract some more. Soon, you'll be scraping
along the bottom and with that philosophy, no real hope of change. Start again. This time, be positive. Will negative things happen? Of course, but
the philosophy will guide you to see opportunity where only negative showed you diminishing returns before. This is just another way of saying God is
love. Religion guides us to see where we can change, where we can thrive, where we can give, hope and enjoy this time here and now.
This is not difficult to enunciate. It just takes practice. And time. I am still trying.