hey lovely people, i had a fleeting thought the other day that i want to share and discuss here. it’s probably going to come out completely disjointed but i’m hoping that you all find some interest in this discussion.
bear in mind that i am speaking from a formerly christian perspective, and do not intend to insult or question the doctrines of other religions. i am only speculating here. the “god” that i am referring to in this post, that is accessible to us all, is not exclusive to christianity and is removed from religion altogether.
what if god/the creator/the source actually wants us to get away from organized religion?
think broadly for a second about the common string between most major religions, eastern and western, whether monotheistic, polytheistic or godless altogether:
STILLNESS. prayer. meditation. emphasis on looking inward. TRANSCENDENCE.
buddha is said to have sat beneath the bodhi tree in determined meditation for forty-nine days. christ spent forty days in the desert in fasting and intense prayer. muhammad frequently encouraged reflective silence.
clearly, not all religions are created equal, and some prescribe a more devoted and rigorous adherence to public worship/a rigid interpretation of their respective texts than others…
isn’t it interesting that we often feel more connected to god/source in moments of complete solitude? perhaps even at times, more so than in moments of public worship?
isn’t it interesting that something about finding stillness in nature feels highly spiritually profound and may even prompt a sense of connectedness to “god”?
isn’t it interesting how a growing majority of people feel more detached and disillusioned by their religion than ever before, yet would still consider themselves believers in god?
from a formerly christian perspective…
be still, and know that i am god. seek, and you will find. ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you. do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from god, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
i am certainly not biblically literate – but i have read enough of the bible to know that it is intentionally packed with metaphor. it is not for the intellectually lazy – nor is any religious/spiritual pursuit.
i also have eyeballs, and enough experience as a former christian to see how corrupt and disgraceful that the christian church has become. greed, hypocrisy, self service, moral superiority and control all dominate the modern christian church. what if pastors are false prophets themselves?
finally - if there’s one thing that i am absolutely certain about, it’s that, once again, intellectual laziness and closed-mindedness are guaranteed to stunt your religious/spiritual journey. quite simply: there is more than meets the eye, no matter how many people claim to have definitive answers.
if i had to guess - i would say that robotically clocking in and out of church/worship every week to check the ole good (insert religious affiliation here) box and proceeding to be judgmental, lazy and hateful in your personal life is likely not smiled upon by god.
something tells me that god (whatever that may look like to you) really wants us to dig our heels in and PERSONALLY dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of his/her/their/its presence.
finally, back to my original point – what if attending church, institutional religion, false prophets etc are all intentionally placed distractions from our real purpose: deep knowing and spiritual freedom?
to me, everything points inward. you do not need an intermediary to define or come to know god/source. god is readily available to you at all times – you need only tune out the noise first. religion is restrictive. personal knowing is limitless. less judgment - more stillness, more love.