It has never become a surprise to those who know me, to be a questionable individual when it comes to the comparison of religion to logic. Its practically a similar scenario as it is science to religion. Nevertheless this entry is based on my perspective of life, intellect, love and faith. There is a reason as to why we must not only acknowledge such concepts, but maintain a proper understanding of its purpose. Not only that, but most IMPORTANTLY to remind ourselves on a daily basis of these understandings in order to live a fruitful and harmonious life.
Yes, I am rusty, but I am back to writing!
Now I’ve discussed life in many entries (ones dated back in 2010) I’ve written in the past. That frame of mind has not changed. My belief is as it stands: That the purpose of life is to flourish as much as possible in this physical state, to positively reach a personal goal. We make our mark here in order to provide for future offspring, and to live comfortably by all means. This is, of course, dismissing any religious beliefs. It is gained through experience and logic, that we live to die. What we do NOW determines our level of comfort and happiness before death.
.vs Religious Life.
I’ve had many discussions with individuals who revolve around the church. This religion I will compare is Christianity. This subject is particularly sensitive, so I will do my best in presenting my perspective without being offensive by any means. It is not my intentions to do so.
Now there’s this belief that there is life after death, and that our spirit flourishes in another realm that is determined on Judgement Day. On this day you will be sentenced by God and his son–pending the physical life you lived on Earth. So all in all, they take your entire life’s work: Inspect your decisions, analyze your sins, etc. in order to determine where you will live for eternity. This is your forever.
And no, this is not similar to Judge Judy, or Divorce Court. This decision does not require witnesses nor an explanation. As a matter of fact, this decision is made at a fraction of a second. And whether you are blessed to live happily, or condemned to dwell in pain… it is not diplomatic. God sees nothing but what is given.
And to be honest, it intimidates me.
I’m somewhat baffled by individuals who state that He loves all and forgives all, yet in the end he will sentence you by the mistakes and decisions you’ve made. Is that really forgiving in the end? Why is it that to obtain His forgiveness requires steps–yet, we as individuals are taught to forgive unconditionally; regardless of the situation it involved. Those who have scarred us, damaged us, or abandoned us must be forgiven even without question. And we do it at a whim, you wouldn’t have to ask. Because we as humans, acknowledge our faults, our mistakes. We know we will make them, thats why its so easy to forgive and let go.
As for forgiveness of the divine, you must proclaim and surrender yourself to him (not that it is a bad thing), you must confess your sins (although he is quite aware), you must attended church and devote yourself, you must live the way of life as he sees and NEVER make that mistake again. If you do not do this, with your heart… you are dismissed. What happens to forgiveness in knowing that we are only human?
I was told several times by several members that you could be the nicest person in the world, but if you don’t surrender to God… you will be condemned.
That is by far, the most unfair statement I have ever heard in my entire life. One who lives his or her life in a positive light MUST submit to Him, or else that life means nothing. I do not understand why that person deserves to live in pain, because of a Religion he/she might not be aware of, or for something he/she could not do? Surrender?
I’ve been wanting to follow a church, go to bible study and do all the above… for many years now. I have faith in Him, I believe in him…. but there’s this thing you must do to join the church that I will forever be reluctant to do: Surrender. To my understanding, in order to be holy you must live the holy life and abide to the rules. It is not that I am not willing to surrender to him, but how can I claim to never make the mistake again… when I know that I am able to?
Then if/when I so happen to make that mistake again, will I be one of the members of the church who’ll ask for forgiveness every Sunday? Then make that mistake again and again? Do I even deserve forgiveness? (No) This I feel is extremely hypocritical… and those who live this way of life, are as well. I am not one to play with commitment, especially when it comes to the divine. I will never falter to him, that to me–is the ultimate sin. I must know I will never make the mistake, and due to me knowing that there is a possibility I may falter– I will not subject.
Is that wrong? Is it fair that I choose to live a positive life-style, but due to the fear of commitment that I am condemned? I guess this is more of an unanswered question rather than an understanding of the church. But nevertheless, religion is a series of questions with dated answers.
All and All:
Life Life as we know it is a series of events we endure to live comfortably on this planet. This dualistic principle of the spirit and the flesh has been created to give us hope. The hope that after death we continue to flourish in another form. Is this a fact? Do we actually know? No, but we do BELIEVE this is so. This belief should be implemented into the lives of all. Regardless of religion, they all revolve around a higher power. Our obligation as humans is to achieve that ultimate happiness, and to live through that higher power’s eyes. He is of love, we must live of love. Life is a blessing, and not a requirement. We are in fact, placed here for a purpose. Live life with him at our sides, and walk with him as we make our decisions.
Sure we progress at our own pace, but do so in positivity. With every decision we make, and every moment we share… make sure that it is of progression, and that THAT particular progression leads us to eternal happiness and love. Hopefully, regardless of your religious view, he will grant you to the promise land by living in positive light. That is our purpose of existence.
(Part II: Love and Religious Love)