reply to post by pacifier2012
Does it, oh I guess it does, but maybe there's more to it than someone might assume at first glance.. maybe it's about our liberation, not to live
solely in a materialist reality, but a spiritual and psychological liberation from anything and everything that might otherwise constrain or hinder
our full and free self expression, including and perhaps even especially, religion, which Jesus didn't seem to be a big fan of himself. I simply ask
the question of it's meaning and significance and like C.S. Lewis I've come to the inexorable conclusion that "God's compulsion is our liberation."
"Religion is a defense against having an authentic spiritual experience."
~ Carl Jung
What we need is something more alive, more vivifying and revitalizing than a dead and dry, nihilistic, materialist atheism, on the one hand, or a dead
and dry ritualized, dogmatic religious observance on the other. Both are equally fanatical and extreme and both are just as blind and ignorant to the
truth as the other.
So I wasn't being a "dork" and of course I'm hoping to express something meaningful with my avatar, but the one thing I wish to convey more than
anything is the value of having "an authentic theological framework by which to enter the fray with one's entire being" (Jung again).
I don't want people to be lost kiddies on the net who can't offer much in the way of thoughtful discussion than a chatroom name call, but I see what
you might have been thinking/assuming so I felt it would be helpful to clarify, and in case you didn't notice, there's an underlying mirth to it all,
and that's something else I don't want people to lose is their sense of humor, their mirth and their charm.
So if I was being a "dork" fine because if that's the case it was intentional, but not intended to provoke, only to evoke and to draw a distinction
between ignorance and the search for a well reasoned argument in favor of mutuality, love and the brotherhood of man - absent which we're utterly
screwed. And hey if you're not part of the solution then you are just another part of the problem right?
Well reasoned optimism is a beautiful thing, and what brings it to the fore is the prospect of peril whereby all was lost, including a possibility of
absolute liberation prepared for us as our birthright and inheritance, from the time before time.. I don't think anyone wants that, not even the most
After all, who among us would throw away all ancient wisdom literature of the ages, just to sharpen their own biased axe in utter hatred of ALL things
"religious". Wouldn't the "devil" just like for us to throw out the baby with the bathwater..
So I'm here with my avatar to take a stand in the name of God's love and righteousness, and to ask you to think about things that you've never thought
about or considered before.
P.S. I presume you were referring to my avatar, and not the OP's.
edit on 4-2-2013 by NewAgeMan because: edit