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I have been visiting and commenting at a lot of blogs and discussion sites that are discussing religion and politics.   I have been toying with the idea of making my own blog entry about these subjects.    I would like to think that I have a unique outlook on these subjects, but I have learned that there are far too many people in the world for one person to be completely unique.  Somewhere, somebody probably shares my opinions.

Maybe.  After all, I am the only person who has lived my life.  As far as I know, there wasn’t anybody else having my set of experiences right along side me.  So maybe I’ll give it a go.  At least it will force me to try to explain my opinions in a cogent and thoughtful way.

As far as politics go, I vote Independent.  I used to be a member of the Libertarian Party, and I share many of the opinions of people who are members.  I was a Libertarian back in the late seventies and early eighties, when the party was struggling to get recognized and earn a place on the ballots.   When we ran Ed Clark for president in 1980, our goal was for him to get enough votes that Libertarians would no longer have to go through the peitition process to get on the ballots in the 50 states.  We succeeded. 

As far as religion goes, I am not going to try to completely explain my position here at this time.  I am just trying to get my daily blog entry posted so that I will not get sucked under by my day’s work the way I did on Saturday.

I do believe in God.  I don’t know why I do, except that I keep getting communications from what I perceive to be the Deity.  My concept of God is not the bearded guy on the throne, or the woman prancing around in the woods.  To me, God encompasses all that and more.  I am just as comfortable referring to Goddess as I am to God.  Around here, I use “God” and “He” because that is what people are comfortable with.  Besides, what you call your Deity is just semantics.  God does not care what it is called, or how it is envisioned.

I am not a member of any organized religion.  When I was a little girl, my parents became members of the Baha’i World Faith, and perforce, I was raised as a Baha’i.  This entailed learning about other religions before I could “declare” myself a member at 15, which was deemed the “Age of Consent” by this religion.  I cannot claim an in-depth study of them all, but I certainly have a smattering of familiarity with all the major world religions.

At a very formative time in my life, I made a discovery that showed me that there is one thing that unifies all of the major world religions.  That one thing is that once they become organized and have “members” and “hierarchy”,  what motivates the members of that hierarchy is the desire for power.  They want power over people, and they want money. 

I read the writings of Baha’u’llah, and he specifically forbade the formation of a priesthood or formalized hierarchy.  I thought the teachings I had been raised with were beautiful and if followed, would lead the world to be a better place.  What I saw happening was a group of people trying to establish a hierarchy, a group of people who were holier than the rest of us, who would be able to tell us what Baha’u’llah “meant” when he wrote things, even though he specifically instructed us all to read it for ourselves and figure it out for ourselves.   Those wannabe hierarchical leaders were doing something they were specifically forbidden to do.  So I politely withdrew from the organized part of the Faith, while still believing in the beauty of the precepts of its founder.

I believe that Deity has sent us many messengers over the eons.  Their task was to try to enlighten us humans, to give us some rules to live by.  In every case, the message and the rules have been perverted by the people who came to power in that religion, and used to control the little people who were attracted by the beauty of the messenger. 

So this is where I am coming from.  Maybe I will write more, maybe I won’t.  I don’t know. 

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