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DRUNKEN POST #20

I’ve been listening to a CD of remixes of the song, Pop Muzik, by M (Robin Scott).  In the first track (and possibly others), this line is heard: “In the beginning,  there was the word.”

This is taken from the first chapter of the book of John, in the New Testament of the Bible:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

On this passage alone (attributed to John, not to Jesus) is based the Christian doctrine that Jesus is God. 

Yet Christians ignore passages that contradict it, most notably this one, from the Nineteenth Chapter of the Book of Matthew: “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he [Jesus] said unto him, Why callest thou me good?  there is none good but one, that is, God…”

They taught me too well at Mobile Christian School.  Before I was even a teenager (as I recall), I was assigned to memorize the Ten Commandments in the Book of Exodus; the first being: “I am the Lord thy God . . . Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”  It was in that moment that I began to question the very doctrine of the Trinity.  ‘Everyone around me says Jesus is God,’ I thought, ‘But here God says he alone is God.’ 

Well, why do Christians follow the Old Testament anyway?  Again, the answer hinges on one passage alone, attributed to Jesus in the Book of Matthew: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets [the contents of the Old Testament]: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

And why do Christians also follow the latter New Testament–that which is included after the Gospels?  Same thing: because of this one passage from the Book of Revelation, attributed to John: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things [these words], God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” 

Convenient, huh?  What better way to frighten people into following a book than to include a self-contained curse upon anyone who alters it?

Nothing in the Bible was written by Jesus.  In fact the first-written of the four accepted Gospels (there were many more not included) was Mark–and it was written forty years after Jesus’ death.

And nothing in the Bible was organized by Jesus’ disciples.  The entire Bible was organized and edited by bishops under the Roman Emperor Constantine.  In other words–it wasn’t Jesus who established Christianity, but the Roman Emperor Constantine.  Jesus had nothing to do with it.

God is not limited to one system of beliefs; God’s Word is not limited to one form of communication.  God is beyond anything we humans can imagine, classify, or manipulate.  In attempting to limit God, we only limit ourselves.

DRUNKEN POST #19

Well it’s now my brother-in-law Jeff’s birthday.  Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law Jeff.  And since he is included among the six people in my life who hate me intensely (for no legitimate reason), that’s all I have to say about that.

My membership on this particular online dating site expires November 11–and I look forward to this more than you can imagine.  I have never been so cynical about the female sex as I have, after being on the site for almost three months.  The women on this site are far worse than those on the last online dating site I tried.  Most of them represent the female sex at its absolute worst–shallow and demanding beyond belief. 

A case in point:

My latest communication on the site was from a woman in the beautiful, but faraway town of Destin.

I responded thus:

_______,

Thanks for the wink!

I find you very appealing!

And I am very intelligent–just as you seem to be!

The only reservation I have is the distance between us.  Destin is a long way from Pensacola–and since I’ve moved here (from Mobile, Alabama in 1998), I’ve developed somewhat of a phobia about long trips.

Do you ever visit Pensacola?

Scott

She replied that she lived in Destin half the year, and somewhere in Georgia the other half.  She went on to point out how important her [Christian] faith was to her–and asked me to tell her about my spiritual journey. 

I replied thus:

_______,

I replied to your email earlier, but for some reason, my reply did not go through.  It was a long reply–maybe too long for the system to handle.

You’re right, Destin may not be as far away as it seems.  And perhaps we could meet halfway (at least the first time)–on Pensacola Beach or in Navarre.

As for my spiritual journey, thus far (spiritual growth is a lifelong process after all), it could take up volumes.

You’ve probably seen my creed on my profile:

God is not limited to one system of beliefs; God’s word is not limited to one form of communication.  God is beyond anything we humans can imagine, classify, or manipulate.  In attempting to limit God, we only limit ourselves.

This came to me one day, as I was writing in my journal.

I am not a member of any organized religion–I have a personal faith, in which I simply walk and talk with God.  I generally refer to God as the Creator.  Because that’s what God is.  In my opinion, there are no atheists.  Because everyone knows that something created all that exists, and continues to create.  Yet everyone has a different idea of the nature of the Creator (what the Creator is).  I believe the Creator is a sentient being, not just a force.  For only a sentient being could create sentient beings like us.  In other words, the Creator is the Mind of all Minds.  The Creator is not human.  The Creator is not inhuman.  The Creator is beyond human–so far beyond human that we cannot truly conceive of the Creator.  Yet the beautiful thing is this: Despite the Creator’s immeasurable superiority over us, we can communicate with the Creator, anywhere, anytime.  We are truly blessed.  Of the species on earth, ours is the only one that can communicate with the Creator.  The human species is the only one capable of spirituality.

As for the different religions of the world–I believe they are all equal, in the sight of the Creator.  The Creator listens to the prayers and thoughts of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, et alia–as well as those who claim no organized religions as their own.  Likewise, the Creator is always speaking to us (this is what God’s word is)–yet even the most spiritual of us are almost never listening.  When someone says, “God spoke to me,” he/she is really saying that he/she happened to be listening to the ever-present voice of the Creator.

In my view–just as every religion has a different doctrine as to the nature of the Creator (what the Creator is)–every person has a different belief as to the nature of the Creator (what the Creator is).

There is one realization about the Creator that all religions share though: that the Creator is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (everywhere at once).  And I share this realization too.

Sometimes I even suspect that the Creator is all that exists–that everything and everyone is simply an extension of the Creator.

In one of my poems, there are these two lines: “There is no time–it is a construct of man, who cannot comprehend eternity.  There is no space–it is a construct of man, who cannot comprehend infinity.”

Yet the Creator can comprehend both eternity and infinity.  Because the Creator is both eternal and infinite.

I hope this reply goes through.  And feel free to ask me any other questions–it is a pleasure communicating with you!

She never replied.  I wasn’t surprised–she claimed to be Christian.  And Christianity is the only major religion in the world that accepts no other religion or faith as legitimate.

What did surprise me though was this: A few days later, I tried to  access her profile in order to send a follow-up email.  And I couldn’t access her profile–she was still a member, but had hidden her profile from view.  And it remains so.  In other words, no man on this dating site can see her profile.  No man can “wink” at her, no man can email her (through the system).  She can contact any man–but no man can contact her.  If she did not want to hear from me again, she could have simply “blocked” me.  But instead, she hid her profile from every man on the site.  And I cannot help but wonder:  Did my unconventional beliefs disturb her so much that she hid her profile from every man simply to avoid being contacted again by me?  Is she so terrified of herself–so terrified that she might believe anything counter to her own Christian dogma–that she would go to such lengths to hide from it?

Heaven knows!

And in keeping with a drunk-blogging tradition, I wonder what the exquisite, inquisitive Maureen Maher would think.


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