Thoughts About Faith

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I was in a pharmacy last year when I realized it. The woman helping me there, was very kind. Some people are like that – they have a gentleness about them. I realized at that moment that I could not accept the idea that this woman will burn in eternal hellfire, unless she believes a certain way, or unless she prays a certain way. I had lived with that type of thinking for a long time, and now I did not believe it, and I wanted nothing to do with it. I had changed in a major way. Harsh, judgemental thinking, was not for me, and it really had nothing to do with the faith that I had, living in me. I didn’t happen overnight, but it seemed that way.

Then I started blogging. I was stunned. The beauty of what you create opened up the world to me. Or another way of saying it is, I opened up, and took in the incredible beauty of our world. Wow! Thank you for what you create! I saw something in you that I knew was from the Creator. I call it the divine spark. So I began seeing light, and love, from people that held different beliefs, or in some cases no belief! So I changed more, and saw that even though I have a certain faith (and I still do), all people are to be loved and respected. I guess I knew this before in an intellectual way, but it has become even more clear now.

I am a seeker, I will always be a seeker. That’s why I love nature, and why I study other cultures. That’s why First Nations culture and spirituality strikes such a cord in me. If I ask questions about your religion, my questions are honest and sincere. I see wonderful truths in different places and beliefs.

Thank you for being with me, on my journey.

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Note: I had not planned to write this, it just came to me. I will be posting a number of posts today, which is something I have not done before. I will make each one different. Here it goes!

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Commnentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

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19 thoughts on “Thoughts About Faith

  1. That’s such an amazing post. I love how you describe how you started to appreciate and take benefit of the many different perspectives. That’s what I love about us all. We get endlessly inspired this way.

  2. I totally agree. That kind of exclusivity thinking was a major stumbling block to me for many years before I finally became a Christian and it’s not even scriptural! God loves all His children more than we could ever imagine. I hate when folks try to put Him in their own tiny boxes and say that in order to receive Him you must also receive their dogmas! If God was like that we’d all be headed for hell on the fast train!

      1. in a nutshell, the people are more important than the institution, but there are those who will do anything to safeguard the institution in the interests of the people, which is a total contradiction, blessings

  3. I’m so happy for you. I’m a Pagan and I’m really happy. I don’t care what other people believe as long as they leave me alone. 🙂 I’m a vegetarian, because I love animals and think killing them, experimenting on them, wearing them and eating them is wrong but I don’t expect others to believe that. We all need to let people be who they are, as long as they keep it to themselves and stop thinking their beliefs are right for anyone BUT themselves. I’m good with that. No one knows what’s right for anyone else EVER. People die when that happens.

    1. Thank you Gigi! Didn’t you have a Buddha? Having faith is good, but we cannot judge others. Compassion and caring about others is important too.

      1. I love the Tao, think it’s the way to live, for me at least. No hierarchy, no paces of worship, just common sense ideas for living a good life. Yes, I have Buddhas all over the pace and Quan Yin’s in my house and garden as well, because they are beautiful. I think that if she’s planning on staying here, with her eyes closed, until all the suffering ends, she’s going to have a long wait, but I like her. I have lots of things. Life is about having the freedom to live it your own way and you can only do that if other people don’t impose THEIR beliefs/rules on you. People need to leave each other alone and keep their beliefs to themselves. Having faith is good for those who want to have it, but not for those who are forced to believe. It’s that way for everything, at least to me. No one should expect others to believe what they believe anymore than others should ask those people to believe what they do. No one ever turns it around and thinks THEY should change their believes, because everyone thinks they are right. LOLOL That’s why everyone needs to back off and keep it to themselves. For me it’s all about loving life, nature, standing up for those who can’t help themselves (animals) and letting people do their own thing, as long as it doesn’t spill over into my life. There are a million gods and goddesses and icons and idols and beliefs. If they make people feel better, or less fearful, that’s great but those who believe, can’t expect others to feel the same way, that’s where the Inquisitions come into play. Not believing is as important as believing in a free society. That’s what America was founded upon, a separation between church and state, although some people have forgotten that point.

      2. Gigi there is alot here that we could discuss and that’s a good thing! But I will say only a few things from my view.
        I think it is clear that there is one God, the Creator, and that even nature teaches us that. You are right I think when people try to force other people to convert, that would never work anyway, because faith comes from the heart! Performing certain rituals would mean nothing if I don’t have faith for them.
        Also I think there is nothing wrong with sharing a faith, but many do so in the wrong ways because like you say they believe they are right and everyone else is wrong. Let me give an example about this. If Bloomingdale’s or some other store was going out of business and everything was 90% off I probably would tell you about it because it is something wonderful and amazing. The same is true if I see a really good movie, I might tell you about it. So faith can work in a very similar way. It can be the sharing of something beautiful. But when people pass judgment on others and look down on them that is where they go wrong. I try not to judge anyone. I’m tired of a critical and harsh spirit that I so often see in religious people, and that was my point here in this post.

  4. God’s compassion is greater than ours. He knows every breath that woman in the pharmacy ever took, every beat of her heart from the womb to the grave. We have no way except her actions to gauge the state of her soul. But God knows it intimately.

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