Here's something I posted elsewhere. I think even though it was in response to somebody else's post, it kinda stands alone. I guess, however, that I'm quoting myself out of context, which we all know is dangerous. So there's that.
Begin previous post in 3... 2... 1... "Thanks
for sharing your views without judgement or indictment (unless, of
course, you're an asshole). I'll go ahead and share my experience, for
what it's worth, and so people can react or ignore or whatever. I was
raised for the most part without religion, mainly because A) my dad had
bad experiences with the Catholic church, and B) when I was young and
identified as "gifted" my mom got advice to "keep him away from
religion" and she did. So when I stayed the night at my friend's house,
I was uncomfortable and lost when they took me along to church the next
morning. But I think I've always been a spiritual being, wondering
existentially about my place in the universe and about God. I've come
to realize that I do believe in God, but I've yet to determine exactly
what that means. I have limited knowledge of the Bible, or other
religious texts, for that matter. But the idea that all of this means
something greater than I have the faculties to even realize seems
somehow right to me. I'm reminded of how I believe that truth is
organic, dynamic, and fluid, like light is both a particle and a wave.
We are many things, yin and yang, cycling paradoxically. I once read a
characterization of the Hindu religion as the oldest religion of the
world, yet it is also perhaps the youngest, because it allows for the
authority of living teachers and corrections and evolution (paraphrasing
the Complete Idiot's Guide). We are all of us moving targets, moving
towards moving targets that we just can't quite grasp long enough to
fully realize. I too love what little I know about the story of Jesus,
and I respect your faith. I honor the passion to live a passionate
life, honoring others. I feel like we are on similar paths. But each
step we take is our own, as we journey through all of this. Again,
thanks for sharing."
As always, I'd love to hear your input. All comments welcome.