Friday, January 22, 2010

We are so much more than the packages that we come in ...

A friend of mine once said  "It's not Jesus that I have a problem with, it's His followers."  I had a hard time understanding this statement at first, but since then I've experienced many things which have given me a clearer understanding of what my friend meant by his statement. 

Unfortunately, too many people use the name of Jesus as a means to impose their rigid -- often times somewhat distorted -- views upon others as to what they believe the world 'should' and 'should not' be .   I am sad to say -- not to mention think on -- the many, many wrongs that have unfortunately been committed in the name of Christiandom

God made this world and then He filled it with diversity ... Why?  I won't even try to begin to try to understand, or claim to understand, the mind of God.  ... But for whatever reason:  God painted this world of our with an abundance of diversity and I doubt that He did the latter so that we could tear one another apart because of our seemingly 'important' differences (e.g., skin color, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, etc.).  We are so much more than sets of man-made, man-imposed rules and ideaologies ... so much more than the packages that we come in;  And until we realize, accept and embrace this, we will never become more than what we are. 

God gave us free-will: who are we to disrespect that gift?  We should accept this gift in others, not condemn those who happen to disagree with the man-made ideaologies and beliefs that we personally choose to subscribe to.  As a wise man once said:   judge not least you should be judged and the first shall be last and the last shall be first ... I would offer that the latter applies to the pious and self-righteous among us as well.



"Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."

"I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life."

~Mahatma Gandhi

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Thanks for taking a moment to share your thoughts. I'll read them and post them soon! God Bless! M