I have come to the realization, that while I have been going to church, I cannot be a Xtian. At least, not the Xtian they want me to be.
I believe there is one God with many faces. Freya, Jesus, Rama, Buddha, Mohamed, Lao Tzu, the burning bush, the tablets of gold, Thor, Odin, Vishnu….they are all aspects of the same being. God speaks in the language that the person can understand, and not in one book. One voice that speaks to all, and gives the same message : hope, peace, forgiveness, compassion, love.
Most of all Love.
The message is that Love conquerors all. That we should, in the words of Douglas Addams, be nice to each other. Love thy neighbor. He may not be the same color, the same sect, the same religion – love him all the same. Love all equally, as brothers and sisters.
Stop beating the “You must be a Xtian, the only values that are right are Xtian values, the only message that is right is the Bible, and if you aren’t a Xtian, start being one now before we start punishing you for it.”
I cannot be pro-Life in the way they would ask me to be pro-Life.
I cannot say that there is only one God, and his only earthly names are Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit.
I cannot be asked to reject all that I know, all that I see, and all that I feel in my heart.
I *KNOW* I cannot be a Baptist.
I don’t know how I can break this to Renee. But I will try. And I will try to make it not sound like a cop-out because I don’t feel like spending two hours in church every Sunday *grin*.