Warning – Religion Ahead

This is what happens when you search for “warn” on Pixabay…

Awake way too early this morning, especially for a Sunday. But that’s ok. I’ll lie back down in a bit maybe.

I’ve been getting images for this blog and other blogs from Pixabay lately, and really love it. Today, I just entered “Awake” in the search terms and came up with a lovely array of images. Including these:

I think I’m going to church today. I haven’t been to a church in six or seven years. The last time I went, it was a Catholic church. I’m not Catholic anymore, and wouldn’t go back to that.

I don’t believe in god in the traditional sense. Don’t believe in a god who doesn’t want divorced and remarried people or gay and lesbian people to come to communion. Don’t believe in a god who wants to control people’s sexuality with a set of rules that consider same sex marriage a sin. A god who keeps women at least one step down. A god who sees woman’s primary function as childbirth and child-rearing.

I didn’t believe in that God when I still considered myself Catholic, and for a long time, I believed there was room for me and my beliefs within the church. Eventually though, I began to see that by identifying as Catholic, I was supporting this whole range of beliefs that were oppressive to so many people. That began to feel profoundly wrong. So I left.

And no. I’m not going back to Catholicism.

But the Universal Unitarians… maybe. They are characterized by “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” rather than supporting any particular creed. That sounds more like me, doesn’t it?

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

— Joseph Campbell

We’ll see.

I do believe that god is love. If you’re talking about god, trying replacing that word with the word “love.” If it no longer makes sense, then you probably weren’t talking about god in the first place.

And just for the fun of it, here’s a really irreverent look at god from Cheryl Wheeler. If you can’t see it here, it’s on YouTube, of course. “Your God.”

9 thoughts on “Warning – Religion Ahead

  1. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, what with Betty having found a renewed fervour in God and all that. I’m not sure about Catholicism per se, but I think there *is* a Supreme Being, an Almighty Entity out there (or in here) somewhere. Hmmm.

    Good luck with your thoughts.

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    • Yeah, I don’t disagree. I just don’t think it’s a God of rules and I don’t think other people get to define what it is for us. I think… yeah, I think a lot of things, right? Thanks for the good luck wishes!! 💜

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