Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The spiritual journey of human beings.

As I sit tonight I reflect upon the saying in the bible that says 'God created man in his own image'. I am in no way, shape or form to argue with what the bible says, but as I look at the world today I think this has now turned and that 'man has created God into his image'.

I say this because it seems as if everyone has a different concept what God is all about. That's fine, but what is the true image of God? Is it the homeless man on the street praying for someone to give him change to buy his next meal? Is it the family struggling to raise their children in a God fearing home living paycheck to paycheck? Or is it the immigrant coming to America hoping to feed his family on the little earnings that he will earn today in a land so new and foreign to him that he prays his family is grateful for the sacrifices that he is making for them? Do these people squabble with others that their image of God is right and that the next person who comes along with a different view of God is wrong?

Let's look at people with other religions. Some say that God can only forgive those of their faith and belief, while others who don't believe as they do will go to hell. The Jew does not believe like the Muslim believes, nor does a Christian believe like a Jew or Muslim would believe. So who's God is right? And what has happened to our spirituality? What has happened to the joy of just serving God and God alone and not trying to dictate to others what God has planned out for his/her life according to each other's belief? If your belief's are not hurting anyone and you are happy with the life you live, who is to say that you are a bad person because your belief's are different?

I personally have my own beliefs that God is an almighty being and has made all of us to serve some kind of purpose in this life. Some of us will teach others how to be compassionate to others unlike ourselves. That diversity and uniqueness in each of us is to be 'celebrated' not hated. Others will show us the true face of unselfishness, and caring for your fellow man, by showing us that generosity is more than just giving someone a helping hand. You can be generous by giving a loving touch or hug, you can say something kind to someone, or just smile at your fellow man, THAT may even just brighten someone's day! Others will show us the true face of evil, and still others will show us what it means to be human. Where does religion fit in?

The God I worship does not punish people for being themselves, especially when he has written or ordained someone to be a certain way. Yes now I know we have some people out there who do harm others and they will reap what they have sown, but guess what,? it will be done in God's time.

I am in no way attacking anyone's religion or personal beliefs, I just believe that we all have to face the fact that we are human after all. And when it comes down to it, we all need physiological factors (for example; oxygen, fluids, nutrition, shelter, sex), and also safety and security, love and belonging needs, self-esteem and self-actualization. One factor feeds the next until we come to self-actualization and realize that we are not humans having a spiritual experience, but that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

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