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A Spiritual Conference

Topic #1: Logical Faith

“If Adam and Eve were the first humans ever created, then how is it that when their son Cain got older he travelled to another part of the world where there were other people?” I asked my mother at our kitchen table one afternoon, during one of our full-blown discussions about religious beliefs. Then again, it turned more into a one-person monologue as I suddenly became enlightened…

As humans we are always looking for answers, and we usually continue our search until we find something that satisfies us. So fittingly, I came up with a plausible explanation… perhaps we’re not supposed to take the bible so literally, and the story of Adam and Eve is merely the inspired poetics of a groupie. Genesis was only the first of many inspired chapters of a book that has surpassed generations, so it must say something special… and maybe this something is worth believing in. Furthermore, I believe in God because when I look around at how complex and stunning the world is, it makes logical sense that someone created it… whether a valid explanation to anyone else, it’s where my faith derives from. I’ve just answered my own question by creating my own explanation, which ultimately satisfies me. This is what I call “logical faith” – a complete oxymoron, but one I stand by.

Topic #2: That Book

As for the Bible, to me it’s an instruction manual on how to be the best possible human. For example, when you buy a dresser from IKEA… some people follow the instructions on how to assemble it very closely, others figure it out entirely on their own and then there are those who only refer to the instruction sheet if they run into trouble. This is also true about the way in which certain people view the Bible and incorporate it into their spiritual lives; some use it as a constant reminder of the protocol needed to be at their best, others use it as an occasional comfort when nothing else seems to provide the answer to a problem and others never bother to use it. Regardless, the Bible is there as a reference book for everyone, for whatever reason… maybe I’ll give it a skim sometime.

Topic #3: Jesus, Krishna and Buddha

Jesus is the son of God…or I should say, he is actually God who came down to earth to introduce himself. You may have heard of Buddha and Krishna who are also kind of a big deal. So whose teachings are we supposed to follow? Well, let’s pan out and take a look at the bigger picture. Don’t all three focus on teaching you how to live better lives and be better people? How to decipher what’s good from what’s evil? Just, in different ways.

God, Allah, Yahweh, etc., it all stands for the same thing… Our Creator and hence, the creator of Jesus, Buddha and Krishna. So who’s to say God didn’t send all three of these men down to earth at different times, to enlighten different people, but to provide us all with ultimately the same thing… ways to live and be AWESOME.

Do you really believe that when you meet God he’s going to turn to you and say, “You we’re an excellent person, but you spent your whole life following the teachings of that Buddha guy. So, although you did everything right, I have no choice but to condemn you to hell”? I really hope not.

I think God appreciates us being good people, without expecting us to fit into a religion and without worshipping Him in any one specific way.

“People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.” ~Pearl Bailey

“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.” ~Victor Hugo

-LMS

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About Little Miss Spanglish

Bright-eyed dreamer, set in her ways... enjoys working-out to slow jams. Hates being called by her full name by people close to her. Has never had a pet, yet has names picked out for her future fish, cat and Teacup pig (name of future dog still in the works). Loves receiving handwritten letters in the mail (long, handwritten messages in thoughtfully picked out cards also result in a smile). Will stare in disdain at her plate if it is inhabited by: brown rice, asparagus or beets (coming around on the beets). Finds skipping-down-a-sidewalk to be a lost art in adults... refuses to let that happen to her.

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2 thoughts on “A Spiritual Conference

  1. Is logic common? Is logical thought the result of thoughts filtered from impurities, rationalizations that are not sensible, and lack clarity? Who’s logic is correct? What if logic is like a “White Hole” where you tap into the source of humanity and for an instant everything is clear, and it’s felt rather than thought? I too have said to myself, as you wrote LMS “I believe in God because when I look around at how complex and stunning the world is, it makes logical sense that someone created it” and I have also believed in God as a result of how I have felt in certain situations, I had no time to think about it, the feeling of Love overwhelmed me, like when the Lakers beat the Celtics two years ago, or when I am eating mango ice cream or nutella jars…

    Ernesto

    Posted by Ernesto Angel Castro | October 8, 2011, 5:25 pm
  2. I have a solution for #1, for anyone who does choose to interpret things literally, rather than as stories that help to bridge the gap between what happened, and how and why it happened. I don’t have the passages on hand, and I only *think* it’s in the St. James version, but one states that God shaped man out of the clay of the Earth. Adam is not mentioned until later. Thus, just like he created many of the same kind of creatures to live on land and in water, he probably created many men (and women. probably. lol).

    As for #3…. If God is anything like what we are taught, he will not be so silly as to reject a belief system that encourages love, kindness, forgiveness, etc., as many of his people do. (God would certainly never start a war because of these things, despite so many people, in the distant past, recent past and present using God as a convenient excuse to kill and dominate.) I’m sure that whether one religion is more right than the other (and personally, I believe ALL religion is a means of defining and giving parameters to the faith in a higher power that we ALL have; even those that don’t believe in God believe in something, whether it’s science, themselves, etc., because if you don’t have faith in something, life is bleak), as long as you lead a life in which you did your best to live well, to treat others with respect and kindness, God will forgive your oversight.

    Posted by Liz Vona | January 3, 2012, 3:21 am

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