Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, Lao Tsu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Eckhart Tolle, … there have been in the past, and there are many alive today, who “point to the moon”. These men and women who point, who speak to us, write books for us, who listen to us, and those who speak with us, are not for us to worship. We are to worship the Creator. God.
In studying different religions, it can be easily seen that each person who points, says the same thing. It is only when a man becomes convinced of “My way is the only way”, that trouble arises. This idealism is always from the unconscious. A conscious person could never fall for such fallacy. Many people have a need to know “the way”. Many people have a need to be right. People have to have “the other church”, or they just cannot stand it. Having grown up in America, and in the “Bible Belt” at that, I got plenty of this while growing up. Do not think though, that this thinking exists only in the deep south. This thinking is universal, and can be found all over the world. It is very easy to slip into this mode of unconsciousness myself.
Wiki says: Religion is an organized collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values.[note 1] Many religions have narratives, symbols, traditions and sacred histories that are intended to give meaning to life or to explain the origin of life or the Universe. They tend to derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferredlifestyle from their ideas about the cosmos and human nature. According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world.
So I myself, am of no religion, however I am very religious. My life is dedicated to God the Creator. I read Jesus, I read Buddha, I read and listen to anything or anybody who can help me strengthen my relationship with God. I am free to go where I wish, and I am free to make my own decisions. I’ve had all the “fire and brimstone” I can take for one life, so chances are that you won’t find me in most American church’s. You can find me at the Zen Center, the Buddhist temple, and my wife and I are members of Unity here in Savannah. It turns out that though I don’t belong in most “Christian” church’s, there are plenty of places of worship for me. At Unity we study the teachings of Jesus. Most Spiritual teachers and authors speak of Jesus quite often. Paramahansa Yogananda spoke of Jesus often, as did OSHO.
So why go to church? When I started going to church, I wasn’t sure that it would work for me. The reason that I went was because my life was not going the way that I wanted it to, and I knew that I had to do different things, if I wanted different results. I was lucky to find a church that I liked, a church that held the same beliefs as I did. In this church, I have found community, have enjoyed the power of worshiping with other like-minded people, I have learned many things that have enhanced my Spirituality, and I’ve have made many new friends. Our church has become an extension of our family.
It is very important that I clarify here that I am not against you, or anyone else. Though I choose not to attend many church’s, I do not view them as my enemy. I have no enemy. There are many people in the world who have quit going to church, who have become bewildered by the whole thing. There are many who hold the belief that there is no God. There was a time when I was bewildered by religion, and declared that there was no God, so I certainly understand that position. I believe that everyone has a right to his or her own belief, opinion, and circumstance. Most importantly, I believe strongly that if it’s working for you, then it is working for you, period. As a healer, and Spiritual Life Coach, you won’t ever come to see me if the things you are doing in your life are working. I’m not concerned with what you believe or what church you go to, or even if you don’t believe at all in God. My concern is with the person, with us as a people. Are we destroying ourselves? Do we have nothing to believe in? Is it all for nothing? Even if you don’t believe, you still must find your way in the world, and it is possible for you to find ways and things that can work to bring you the results that you want in life.
Many blessings to you,