Thursday, August 31, 2006

Losing my Religion

I hope this doesn't come off sounding too much like a rant (especially since it falls right after a small rant post about Verizon). I hesitate to post some of my relgion thoughts because that's my sisters world. And her blog links to mine, mine to hers, and I don't want to embarrass her with my "uneducated" ponderings. But I have to post this to get it out of my head. (Forgive me sis ;)
I've had this thought bouncing around in my head for some time now. I started a ginormous project (at my sisters invite) to read the entire Bible in 90 days. After reading about how "easy" it is to only read 12 pages a day I said "sure I'll give it a shot". Well it was very difficult for me to keep that pace. I didn't realize the time commitment, nor the dedication to only reading one book for 3 months (which is like torture for my ADD mind ;). Anyway, enough with the excuses, as you can guess, I quickly lost my way - but have not given up. I have read about 20% which is way more than I would have read had I not undertaken this mission. Onto my post... (there's 2 parts).
1) Why doesn't God talk to people anymore? I know... wait a minute, hold on... such a simple question needs volumes of explanation, but I'm going to treat this like a 6-year-old asking this question. Is there anyone alive today, who is being talked to by God like those written about back in the old testament. (seems most communication -not all!- was done via dreams). But is there anyone out there on this whole internet-tube-thing that is claiming to have had an angel come visit them and communcate to them? AND... theres another part to this... NOT look like a crazy person!? Are those two statements at odds with one another? If God does talk to a person does that automatically classify them as "crazy"? I don't know. BUT I would like to know what messages are being claimed. I find it sad and I find myself a bit lonely at times like these. Am I not listening? Am I not going to the right websites for news updates from God? (are there websites like that? I should start one!). And No... I'm not talking about the "religious persons" answer to the 6-year-old like "he's always talking to us, we just need to listen". I'm talking about an actual person-to-angel contact, or a phone call, or even an email. I wonder how I (or others would react) if they got an email from God. It'd probably end up in the SPAM filter I bet. (Finally... I hope this is being read with my sense of humor showing and not being taken as sarcastic or disrespectful.)

ok, part two...
I found this link today:
(An attempt to have a petition to ban the sale of the Bible from Wal-mart)
I don't know the story behind it. I don't know if it's supposed to be funny, or true. I don't agree with it BUT... there are elements of truth in this. I don't know how to think about it yet. It's a scary thought... what if the Bible were banned from being sold based on outdated historical thoughts?! I'm going to have to let this thought bounce around in my head now for some time, and I'll probably post a followup in the future. :)

(PS> I'm not actually "losing my religion" it's just a catchy name and great song by REM).

1 comment:

cyen said...

Since posting this I've come across several postings on the web (within 24 hours) regarding "communicating or listening to God" - coincidence, or is this God trying to tell me to listen up!? :)
That said, here is a quote I found this morning:
I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job.
--George w. Bush

to a group of Amish he met with privately

--- So He's claiming God is speaking "through" him or "to" him? If I want to listen to God all I need to do is listen to Bush? Scary though.