posted on Nov, 29 2004 @ 12:06 AM
Maybe another question is "does religion cost too much?" Well considering the way people may at times exploit religion, yes, religion is good and
religion works otherwise it would not be a commodity. You cannot exploit something inside people unless it really exists and has value. But religion
itself is not exploitation, it is inner freedom itself!
I chose my strategy on Santa Claus, because it is something people can understand from an early age. My earlier commentary was far too oversimplified,
yet I wanted to make a point anyone could recognize. Maybe you need to "snap out of it," when it comes to an overly serious attitude toward
religion, in fact about anything in life.
Some of us may have had a bad experience around religion, but for me when that happened it was not about God and faith, it was about people and what
they had to say. Scary stories were one thing, and imagination is a terrible thing to waste. Things did not weigh right in this inner track sometimes.
That is what we cannot afford, is it not? I was thoughful to choose the better part of things, at least at some point of decision, and that is why
this religious experience is probably fairly happy.
More questions arise, such as should people take that point of reference where there is peace within us, and then place another field of vision upon
it only to take that point of agreement and use it to another purpose?
Think about it, people justifying a lack of conscience, and outright blindness even from the pulpit! Those are the very things we were all warned
about in the Gospels, for example, and in other spiritual writing, is it not so?
The fact is we cannot afford to be without the best of those values, but so learning through absence of that inner core of understanding what it is
we can afford.
The universal appeal of generousity, is compelling. Caring about one another is the thought that counts when you consider the gift of living. Why
neglect any lessons in life from any source?
To jettison religion, because people forgot everything they have learned, and act contrary to it, while pumping themselves as an "upright people,"
is just a stretch. We should expect it, and be prepared for it, because it is human nature.
In one way I agree with the statement in and of itself, "we can no longer afford religion," but only when it "cost too much."
On the other hand I disagree, when religion is a working ideal within ourselves, something that helps us in life. When we are true to ourselves, then
why bother with excessive baggage.
[edit on 29-11-2004 by SkipShipman]