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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Does Your God Love You Just As You Are?


I was looking through my library this morning with a cup of freshly brewed coffee in one hand and the other carefully searching through the magical things we call books, looking for something to pop right out at me. I was, of course, in the section of the library where all the books are written for the lost heathen, rebellion is worse than witchcraft, woo unto me for I shall perish because I once was saved but now I am lost, and, last but not least, I am the devil leading others astray individual. I have a marvellous library, really you should check it out. It be breed'n all dat der satanic learn'n stuff. Dem read'n folk can't be trusted wit all dem big ol' words an stuff. [Now that I am done all that.] Well, something did pop out. Literally it popped right out, and landed on my foot, you know the sensitive bone part of your foot just before the toes, the spine of the book landed with the combined fury of all furies right on that spot. If I was ever to get angry at books it might have been at this moment. But I am quick to forgive, for who could remain angry at a book, unless of course that book so happens to be any one, or the collective, in the 'Left Behind' series. (Enough, jabbering.) I picked up the book, turned to its cover, and saw that it was a children's book that we used to read to our children a long time ago. The book's title, 'God Loves You'. (Now! Now! Hold on just a minute! I know what it is your thinking, your wondering if that book wasn't divinely made to pop out in order to fall on my foot as some sort of divine message to me or at the very least be a divine irony. Let me put your mind at ease, this was no conversion experience, my guess is that 'shit happens' and 'gravity's a bitch'.)

I began reading the book(you know, for ol' times sake) and found the message to be quite a beautiful little message. It was a simple and child like message. A message free of all the grown up theological bullshit(I can say that word because the apostle Paul said it first). It is a message I can get behind, one that doesn't even require someone to believe in a deity to see the importance of being and loving ones own self. 

So here it is. Enjoy! 

God Loves You
Kathleen Long Bostrom

You can be silly or you can be sad.
You can be merry or you can be mad.
You can be grumpy or you can be glad.

God loves you just as you are.

You can be short or you can be tall. 
You can be big or you can be small. 
Your size and your shape don't matter at all. 

God loves you just as you are.

You can be messy or you can be neat.
You can be poky or fast on your feet.
March with the others or to your own beat.

God loves you just as you are.

You can be dark or you can be light.
You can be shades of the day or the night.
Whatever your colour, it suits you just right. 

God loves you  just as you are.

God made each part from your head to your toe. 
Day in and day out he is helping you grow.
God made you special and that's how you know:

God loves you just as you are.  


My question to you is this, 

Does your God love you just as you are?


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sober In The Presence Of Inebriated Believers


(*Please note that I have many relationships with professing Christians that are incredible and marvellous. I would not be the same without these. That being said the difference between these relationships and that of those of the Christians of whom I challenge is that the relations that are close to me are based on the human experience not theological doctrines. Those of whom I love relate to personal humanness, they are real, they are what they are and pretend nothing else. Incredibly they are happy to be human, happy to be on this earth, happy to strive to enrich themselves all the while never changing who they are. They are present, and I LOVE that about them. I may challenge them as they challenge me but we always see the other above philosophies, theologies and doctrines.*)

While I am not saying I am an atheist, the above drawing resonated with me. 

Do you ever feel like you are the only sober one in the room? Would you, being sober, dare to enter a vehicle driven by a drunk and filled with passengers that are drunk. Imagine yourself sitting in the middle of the back seat surrounded by drunks while the drunk driver swerves to the left and then to the right. At this point even you as the sober one are getting ready to vomit while being filled with fear of when the likely crash will occur. You offered to drive but they refused you. You are forced in the back seat and told to quit oppressing them by your safety awareness. 

Well, this is what it feels like being the odd one out, believing differently and living out ones own life. When the majority believes one thing and you hold to a minority view you become the sober one. You often feel like the sober one amongst a car full of drunk believers. The driver swerves here and there with a logic somehow deemed logical, the drivers vision so impaired by the consuming of the 'Spirit' that innocent pedestrians are being ran over by a doctrine that tells that the sober victim is to pay for the crime of the drunk driver. Meanwhile you are bombarded by the spewing of theological vomit by the drunk passengers. God this, God that and God wills it. Retch this, Gag that and Regurgitate. You begin to wonder, why are you here with the likes of these?. Can you escape? How? will you survive this journey? Well the crash comes, all goes blank for a time until you find yourself  awakening knowing that somehow you have survived. You see your fellow passengers and see they too have survived but are yet still heavy into the drink of their beliefs. It is now you make your decision, you are done with this, done with the beliefs, done with the abuse, done with the death threats. You are free from their burden but now you are alone, hurting from the crash, hurting from the abuse. You are not alone. There are others who are sober, others who know your pain, others who have travelled a similar journey such as the one you are on. 

There comes a point where you cease to enter that vehicle, cease to be a part of that church and cease to be part of that faith. Cease to be part of that abuse. 

Jesus does not want to take your wheel nor does he want any other to take your wheel. He wants you to drive. Be who you are. Be real. And for the love of 'god' DON'T drink and drive under the influence of theology. ;)

If you must have a co-pilot, then by all means....



Saturday, April 16, 2016

I Am Not a Christian.


I was raised in a Christian family. I had repented of my sins, understood my need for a saviour and excepted the Lord into my heart at the age of five and then at least a dozen or more times into my late teens(As though once was not enough). However, as I became an adult I began to question the faith I had grown up with. This God became to break apart. The theologies I had once accepted and even proclaimed became no more than the attempts of humankind to make sense of the world that surrounds them. I am not saying there is no possibility of a god, but rather that even if there is a god there really is no way that one could comprehend god, at least in the way that many Christians do. What I am trying to say is better put into words by the philosopher Bertrand Russell,


“I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.”

I am continually reminded of my reasonings for leaving this faith as I live in a Christian community that constantly brings up god. I hear time and time again that we are not worthy as human beings. We are lowly, terrible sinners that are deserving of an eternal damnation in hell. Is this any way to think. What positive is in this belief. Oh Christians will find pleasure in this as they have acquired their place in an eternal heaven all the while more than willing to leave behind those unbelievers. They spout forgiveness, all the while spouting a doctrine of eternal torture. They speak of peace yet all the while terrorize the young and old mentally abusing them with fear. They speak of love yet it remains conditional. This is a religion that puts an unprovable idea, an unprovable belief ahead of humankind. This is supposedly a religion of love,

“I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.”

“When you hear people in church, debasing themselves and saying that they are miserable sinners, and all the rest of it, it seems contemptible and not worthy of self-respecting human beings."


Religions push and fight against one another. Christianity pushes and fights within itself. This is an insult to humanity, to deny our humanness for the sake of divinity. We are all human and human we shall remain. 

“A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.” 

Undoubtedly the religious will take offence, unless they are of the special and rare breed of those that can actually discourse. But consider it pure joy to be persecuted, although this is hardly what I call persecution when compared to the constant bombardment of religious talk that the unbelievers put up with. I mean really, I have seen sore losers lose better than many Christians who wail and gnash their teeth when you even ask, "maybe there is no god". Oh I am sorry did I offend you by my question? I mean I won't agree with what you claim, but at least I am not threatening you with an eternal damnation. Talk about persecution. I mean it is so hard to be a Christian these days with all the freedom they have to worship, preach and witness. Must be tough. What were those early Christians ever complaining about? But hey Christians should be thanking those that question them because they are then being "persecuted" and we all know what happens to those that are persecuted, they are blessed. So you are welcome. Give me a good word to the big Man/Woman/Individual upstairs, downstairs or in the closet. 

So, what am I? Oh, wouldn't you like to know.




Friday, April 15, 2016

A Simple Question.


It is a simple question, but a loaded one at that. The question begs the reader to think long and hard about the answer. It requires understanding of history(Yes, there is a history outside of Christianity. I know, crazy right?), a knowledge of other religions and/or cultures.

So what is the question, well here it is......

Can you name a single genuinely new or original thing Jesus said or did?

It is a loaded question. I know of some things that Jesus said and did that had previously been done before him, but I am wondering if you could give me some examples that you can come up with where what Jesus said or did was indeed new or original. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

This Is Your Fate.


Fate is that which is but is not. It is because it is, but is not because it is not. That is fate. Fate does not control you, no, you simply are and so there too is fate. Fate is not like God, it does not guide nor predetermine, it just is. Fate is you and you are fate. We may have grand ideas of what we might become believing it is our fate, but on our way to it we collide with the fate destination of another and that than becomes our fate. Fate is what is, it is you. It is fate that you are reading this. It is fate that you are either angry by this, happy or merely entertained by my ramblings. So as Nietzsche encourages us to do "Love your Fate..." for that is what you are. Those who love their fate can live without regret, treasure the now and aim towards possibility. 

You must both lose yourself in fate as well as be your fate.

"My formula for greatness in a human being is Amor Fati: that one wants nothing to be other than it is, not in the future, not in the past, not in all eternity." - Nietzsche