The other day I got an interesting piece of mail at my PO Box. I initially thought to just toss it in the garbage, but Spirit stopped me. George took one look at me and said “This is going to be a blog post isn’t it?” Why yes, it is a perfect thing for me to write about. Spirit sent it to me to get out of my writing slump.
There was no return address and inside was a small pamphlet regarding God’s Simple Plan of Salvation. A Google Search resulted that it was from someone with the First Baptist Church. With order forms to spread the word — at a cost of course.
The sender thinks that I am a terrible sinner and by sending me this anonymously that I would change my wicked ways. I am sure they spent money not only in the postage, but purchasing the pamphlet.
Clearly they didn’t read a single thing that I write here or if they did, they feel I am just outright wrong in the way that I conduct myself.
I question everything until I am satisfied that I truly understand. From where I stand, they do not.
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Beliefs Define You
Years ago I read The Three Magic Words by US Anderson, and it impacted me and my understanding of God. Not to spoil the book for anyone, but they are I Am God. I don’t believe in Heaven or Hell. My believe is that there is the ability to redeem yourself at any time and we learn from all great teachers, not just one. Salvation and Redemption are similar words. They believe someone else does the work, I believe that each person is responsible to do the work.
I believe Jesus is a great teacher, as is Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and the countless others that are believed holy. The person that sent this to me is a deeply religious person — their pamphlet quoted the Bible many times. My Spirituality is different than theirs. Their beliefs are distilled from teachers and interpreted for them — it is someone else’s understanding. I can’t blame them — it takes a lot of time and energy to think and understand and come to your own understanding.
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Why is religion so polarizing?
What we have lost in this world is tolerance. To listen to understand, to have compassion for one another. I sit here and wonder what it would have been like to speak with this person instead of getting a pamphlet in the mail. I appreciate they are worried for my Soul, but it is not their job. That is solely set on my shoulders, like everyone else. Instead of worrying about others we need to take care of our own houses our own souls.
There are countless Belief Systems in the world today, mine focus on Spiritualism. I read countless books, I expand my mind and I decide what to believe or not. My opinions and belief are mine alone and I am not going to change many people’s beliefs. That is okay. They can believe what they are comfortable with. I too have read the Bible and for as many quotes that they came up with Mediumship being wrong, there are those that say it is ours to share with the world.
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Something to think about
I think back to the time on the Big Four Bridge that George and I had with three other Christians last year. It was a powerful couple of hours of exchanging ideas and expanding our knowledge. On both sides. Even George came away with food for thought.
We have talked about it on several occasions since. I even did an inspirational talk about it. Often, I think of them and how they are doing. One day one of them will connect with me, they took my card. They did not want to change our thoughts but to understand ours. How refreshing!
We all came away with knowledge and understanding. Somehow I think this world would be a better place if more people did this. I wonder what would have happened had that person entered into a conversation and tried to understand instead of condemn by sending a pamphlet of someone else’s ideas?