As long as we live in
the physical realm we are dead.
What do I mean by that? In
the creation account we are given in Genesis, God formed Adam's body from the
dust of the earth. But that body,
that "container" was not "alive" until God breathed the breath of life or
"Spirit" into it. Much like this,
religion without Spirit is dead.
Religion is only the container of Spirit, just as Adam's body and our
physical bodies are only containers for our spirits. Religion only reflects the Spirit as the moon reflects the
light of the sun.
People who fight each
other over religion or in "God's" name do so because they have not realized
that the Kingdom of God (Spirit) is not physical; not external, but rather,
within us. They are still living
in the physical world and playing by the rules of that world which say, "This
particular piece of land, or this temple / mosque / synagogue belongs to the
Jews or this to the Muslims, etc."
"This country is more holy than that country; this holy book more holy
than that one." People who live in the physical realm and in the physical mind
fight with others over physical things.
And as long as we continue to live in only the physical dimension, we
will continue to see physical conflict in the world.
The idea of
"specialness" (which usually begins as innocent scriptural debate) is dangerous
because it usually ends in "My God is the only God and the way I see Him is the
only way to see Him" which leads to "I am God's child and you are not.
Therefore, I do not have to treat you as my brother." And that is where wars
No one can see "all" of
God. We can see only the part of
Him we see from our perspective.
To see all of God, we must learn to see Him through someone else's eyes
and from their perspective. We
must see all of humanity's experience of God. God is too big to be contained in one book or in one
religion. The Spirit of God covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.
Quote of the Week
"Since God is just, I
believe there is a hell; since God is merciful, I believe there is no one in