Pseudo-religious Leaders



I woke up and immediately got lost in the black velvetiness of my thoughts. I began to think of all the religious antagonisms (around the world) and the quarrels, disagreements and wars they have generated.

I couldn’t possibly, in full conscience, deny the importance religion has in society: just like the law exists to control the actions of citizens; religion exists to remind them that they have a Creator (who knows the hearts and deeds of men) and, consequently, to regulate their behaviour (thus assisting the state in maintaining law and order). However this is not entirely what has been happening.

My intellect has produced the following concept: religions should apply themselves solely to teach Res Dei (= the issues of God) and set aside their political opinions, judgements; and most of all, refrain from telling people that each of them are better and truer than the next one.

Claiming a Supra truth (over the other belief systems) and making judgements are the main cause for chasing people away from the spiritual path.
Please allow me to explain myself better: if one views human beings as brothers and then a religious representative publicly shouts that because they profess a different religion they are either infidels, disloyal to God, that they militate against Him, or that they will burn in hell, that they won’t get in the kingdom of heavens, or that their name won’t be written in the book of life etc…what incentive could this person possibly have to want to learn more about (or remain in) any religion that teaches these things?
When one wants to belong to a certain religious community and its chief representative starts saying that what he is (or represents) is a sin; that his very thoughts, speech, opinions, memories, philosophy of life are sinful; that in order to be part of the community one has to yield to brainwash-like sessions so that his view of the world is reprogrammed (ending up by doing exactly what was done to him initially: pointing fingers and accusing people of being sinful for anything and nothing)…what does this mean exactly?
If a belief system encourages (and sometimes forces) people not to watch TV, not to listen to the radio (apart from religious stations – the “right” ones, of course), not to consider other spiritual books apart from their own…why should a sensible person fall for this?
When the head of any belief system encourages his congregants to murder fellow humans in the name of God, when the real purpose behind this suggestion has nothing to do with God, Himself; but with politics…whom can rely on such religious leaders (who militate against life, thus against God)?
What does it mean when a religious leader entices a congregant to take innocent lives in exchange of 7 virgins in Heaven (when, despite the rumours, he can get them here, on earth, and create his own paradise)?
When a religion does not evolve with times and maintains the same demodé rhetoric…whom can even consider taking a seat and debate with its representatives?

And what is the result of the irresponsibility of these pseudo-religious preachers? People (those who refuse to think for themselves and listen to their inner voice) get disappointed, then erroneously blame God (and consequently turn their back to Him); because of ignoble explanations and ignominious teachings transmitted by reckless humans who serve no One nor nothing but their own agenda: personal ambitions and vanity.


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  1. Hi Max,
    Happy and joyous Maxday to you my dear.

    "I woke up and immediately got lost in the black velvetiness of my thoughts."

    I love the fluidity of this imagery.

    "...religions should apply themselves solely to teach Res Dei (= the issues of God) and set aside their political opinions, judgements; and most of all, refrain from telling people that each of them are better and truer than the next one."

    You can say that again. Let it resonate in the ears of man. God belongs in every religion, yet belongs to no religion.

    "...if one views human beings as brothers and then a religious representative publicly shouts that because they profess a different religion they are either infidels, disloyal to God, that they militate against Him, or that they will burn in hell, that they won’t get in the kingdom of heavens, or that their name won’t be written in the book of life etc…what incentive could this person possibly have to want to learn more about (or remain in) any religion that teaches these things?"

    I think the fear of death keeps many in a sort of religious quicksand, if you will. Even though they may not agree with what is spewed from the pulpit, they are immobile because they think that they are going against God and thus will be castigated. Many zealots are afraid of what they preach. I don't see any love in their message, I only see their eyes bulging with the fear of God.

    It's the misinterpretation of God's agenda that puts man in the red. That's when we run into conflict of our life's purpose. It's not about who can knock the most soldiers down, who can proselytize non believers, or who can take a supersonic jet to heaven - it's our commitment to a super high way of living - the way of love. It's about embracing our brothers and sisters and helping them in their quest to be free of this mortal coil.

    "If a belief system encourages (and sometimes forces) people not to watch TV, not to listen to the radio (apart from religious stations – the “right” ones, of course), not to consider other spiritual books apart from their own…why should a sensible person fall for this?"

    People have a tendency to put their faith in the words of others and not discover the truth for themselves. The sheep look for shepherds. It all goes back to fear.

    "When the head of any belief system encourages his congregants to murder fellow humans in the name of God, when the real purpose behind this suggestion has nothing to do with God, Himself; but with politics…whom can rely on such religious leaders (who militate against life, thus against God)?"

    Exactly. I think religion to a certain extent is really the death of God. Every time man commits murder, he is essentially killing God.

    "...what is the result of the irresponsibility of these pseudo-religious preachers? People (those who refuse to think for themselves and listen to their inner voice) get disappointed, then erroneously blame God (and consequently turn their back to Him); because of ignoble explanations and ignominious teachings transmitted by reckless humans who serve no One nor nothing but their own agenda: personal ambitions and vanity."

    Brilliant! Preach it my sista. We really have to be our own agent for God. We must heed our inner voice and thank God for everything. Even if we happen to turn our back on God, God never turns its back on us. The force is always with us. Love surrounds us and uplifts us to the heavens.

    Awesome post Max.

    Awesome Cheers.

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  2. Hi Alexys,

    "Happy and joyous Maxday to you my dear." - thank you, darling! Happy Maxday to you too :D!

    "I love the fluidity of this imagery." - *bowing* I know you know what I am talking about!

    "You can say that again." - "...religions should apply themselves solely to teach Res Dei (= the issues of God) and set aside their political opinions, judgements; and most of all, refrain from telling people that each of them are better and truer than the next one." lol

    "God belongs in every religion, yet belongs to no religion." - that is correct! God goes beyond religions, God aims at our souls - He sends you here; and He'll ask what have you done with the opportunity given to fulfil your task...but for this you don't have to belong to a particular religion (but if you wish, you're free to do so), you can do it by simply being connected to Him.

    "I think the fear of death keeps many in a sort of religious quicksand, if you will. Even though they may not agree with what is spewed from the pulpit, they are immobile because they think that they are going against God and thus will be castigated." - I definitely hear you! At the same time I wonder how can someone be afraid of returning home. Of course your actions will be accounted for once you leave your body (there is a consequence for each of our deeds); but still if when on earth you state that God is merciful why not hold on to that, and leave in peace?

    "Many zealots are afraid of what they preach. I don't see any love in their message, I only see their eyes bulging with the fear of God." - indeed...but if they do their part properly, there is nothing to be afraid of.

    "It's the misinterpretation of God's agenda that puts man in the red." - TOUCHÉ!! Now you hit the nerve...

    "That's when we run into conflict of our life's purpose. It's not about who can knock the most soldiers down, who can proselytize non believers, or who can take a supersonic jet to heaven - it's our commitment to a super high way of living - the way of love." - my thoughts exactly! But when I look around I see this urge to proselytise people as if there were a competition going on. And what is worse false pretenses are used for this mass proselytism. I am personally against proselytising people; I think that people should be able to choose which path they wish to follow and then when they have made up their minds, they seek a religious leader and ask him for guidance (that way involuntary brainwash would be avoided).

    "It's about embracing our brothers and sisters and helping them in their quest to be free of this mortal coil." - absolutely!

    "People have a tendency to put their faith in the words of others and not discover the truth for themselves. The sheep look for shepherds. It all goes back to fear." - I hear you!

    "Exactly. I think religion to a certain extent is really the death of God. Every time man commits murder, he is essentially killing God." - the issue is that most religions don't focus on God only; they also focus on controlling people's lives, people's thoughts, feelings, ideas...this is not what God asked for. I agree: murdering a brother/sister is attempting against God.

    "Brilliant! Preach it my sista." - thank you *bowing*!

    "We really have to be our own agent for God. (...) Even if we happen to turn our back on God, God never turns its back on us. The force is always with us. Love surrounds us and uplifts us to the heavens." - yes, we should connect to God, find Him in us and then if we feel like we wish to socialise with people who think alike, go ahead (it's a free world, or at least it should be)! Absolutely, God is always there for us, always! Loved this section, darling; just loved it :D!

    "We must heed our inner voice and thank God for everything." - Amen!!

    "Awesome post Max." - thank you, my sista *bowing*!

    But I must say: Awesome comment!! Thank you for sharing your exquisite thoughts with us *bowing*!
    You have a million dollar mind, girl :D!

    Million dollar Baby Cheers

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  3. I hear ya, you're preaching to the converted, we have to be more spiritual rather than religious, listen to our inner self and be earnest in our search for the answers to to unaswerable, how we go about this Im still working on, but I believe I have choosen a good path and it has worked for me.

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  4. I think you have hit upon some important points here.

    What bothers me the most is other religions that constantly tell me that my religion is not Christian because some of our beliefs differ from theirs'. Their treatment of us, and judgement of us negates their christianity in my mind because they are not being "christlike". If they really believe that God loves us all, and they are supposed to love us all, it seems to follow that they would treat everyone that way. Jesus did teach, "Love your enemies". But love is the last thing I feel from them.

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  5. Hi Bob!

    "I hear ya, you're preaching to the converted, we have to be more spiritual rather than religious," - yes, we must be more spiritual rather than religious (we must find our connection to God).

    "listen to our inner self and be earnest in our search for the answers to to unaswerable," - absolutely! :D

    "how we go about this Im still working on, but I believe I have choosen a good path and it has worked for me." - my friend, it seems to me that you have chosen a good path indeed; and I am sure that in time you will figure everything out *bowing*!

    You presented such a level of wisdom, Bob, that no matter the path you would choose you would always end up by finding the answers you need to find :)!

    Thank you for sharing these magnificent words with us *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  6. Hey D!

    :D

    "I think you have hit upon some important points here." - let's hear your valuable thoughts, my friend...

    "What bothers me the most is other religions that constantly tell me that my religion is not Christian because some of our beliefs differ from theirs'." - I hear you, girl! That confuses me a little too...and I don't understand that antagonism towards your belief system, and you know my opinion on it, don't you? :)

    "Their treatment of us, and judgement of us negates their christianity in my mind because they are not being "christlike". If they really believe that God loves us all, and they are supposed to love us all, it seems to follow that they would treat everyone that way." - I agree that this type of antagonism is not God's message (not even Jesus taught Christians this). At God's eyes we are all His children, we are all the same; therefore we should love and respect each other regardless the spiritual path we choose to follow (cause we are so much more than that).

    "But love is the last thing I feel from them." - and it shouldn't be so *nodding*!

    For all that is worth, I love you as my human sister, D :)!

    Thank you so much for your point of view and feelings on this! Great comment :D!

    Cheers

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  7. Max,
    "God goes beyond religions, God aims at our souls..."

    God IS our Soul.

    "At the same time I wonder how can someone be afraid of returning home. Of course your actions will be accounted for once you leave your body (there is a consequence for each of our deeds); but still if when on earth you state that God is merciful why not hold on to that, and leave in peace?"

    Exactly. I think they are trepidatious because they don't know what to expect instead of trusting that God wants the best for them and there is nothing to fear except fear itself.

    "But when I look around I see this urge to proselytise people as if there were a competition going on. And what is worse false pretenses are used for this mass proselytism. I am personally against proselytising people; I think that people should be able to choose which path they wish to follow and then when they have made up their minds, they seek a religious leader and ask him for guidance (that way involuntary brainwash would be avoided)."

    Yes. I agree. We can't force people to follow a leader, especially if the leader leads them astray.

    "But I must say: Awesome comment!! Thank you for sharing your exquisite thoughts with us *bowing*!You have a million dollar mind, girl :D!"

    Thank you Max. Thank you. It takes one to know one.

    [You're] One In A Million Cheers

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  8. Alexys,

    "God IS our Soul." - Indeed *bowing*!

    "I think they are trepidatious because they don't know what to expect instead of trusting that God wants the best for them and there is nothing to fear except fear itself." - delightful! I agree with you! Their fear is antithetical to what they preach...I wonder if they even think about it...

    "Yes. I agree. We can't force people to follow a leader, especially if the leader leads them astray." - absolutely, absolutely! But what is sad is that many times people blindly follow leaders without realising that they are being led astray *nodding*.

    "Thank you Max. Thank you. It takes one to know one." - you are welcome :D! You are kind, my dear - epharisto *bowing*!

    I can't give you anything but love (by Ella Fitz) Cheers

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  9. Alexys,

    You are most welcome, darling! *High Five* :D!

    Cheers

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  10. Are you sure religion doesn't exist to control the actions of citizens? Does religion really matter, or is it the relationship with Christ/God that really matters?

    p.s. Hi Max!

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  11. Hi Max. You have every right to be troubled with what’s going on around the world.

    Believing in a belief, be it a religion or whatever else you care to call it, and trying to spread its word is one thing, but to deliver it with continual threats, murder and war-mongering chants is only driving a wedge further between certain groups thus creating a gap that will never be bridged in our lifetime.

    To be quite frank, I can only see things changing in this world when something catastrophic threatens to harm us all, which may bring us altogether in one last stand.

    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust for us all. Perhaps!

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  12. Very good post. Weird to say considering I'm an atheist :D

    I can understand believers very well but I can't understand people who use their power to blind people and cloud issues. Happens a lot. People like to influence people and use them like puppets. Dangerous game.

    I believe that beliefs are a personal thing. If they can help make your life better, it's great. But don't try to influence others. Can't stand that.

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  13. Hey Scott!

    Religion shouldn't have that role of controling the actions of citizens; but in some cases yes,it is there to perform that task (unfortunately).

    In my case it is the relationship with God that really matters; but I suppose that for Christians the relationship with God and Jesus should be what really matters (however religion seems to play a more important role in most people's life).

    The search for God should be our first goal; and then if we wish to interact with others or need further explanation then we should address a religious leader...but never do the opposite cause it usually doesn't work.

    Loved your "p.s." lol :D!

    Thanks for these amazing questions, Oswegan :D!

    Cheers

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  14. Hi Peter!

    "You have every right to be troubled with what’s going on around the world." - I am starting to believe that, mate!

    "Believing in a belief, be it a religion or whatever else you care to call it, and trying to spread its word is one thing, but to deliver it with continual threats, murder and war-mongering chants is only driving a wedge further between certain groups thus creating a gap that will never be bridged in our lifetime." - I definitely hear you!!

    "To be quite frank, I can only see things changing in this world when something catastrophic threatens to harm us all, which may bring us altogether in one last stand." - I hope not, Pete!! However I am following quite well your line of thought...

    "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust for us all. Perhaps!" - so dark!! But I love it :D!

    Peter, thanks for your incredible thoughts...*bowing*!

    Cheers

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  15. Hey Zhu!

    "Very good post. Weird to say considering I'm an atheist :D" - thank you *bowing*! Not weird at all, darling...I am glad that it struck your fancy :D!

    "I can understand believers very well but I can't understand people who use their power to blind people and cloud issues. Happens a lot. People like to influence people and use them like puppets. Dangerous game." - absolutely!! You are right!

    "I believe that beliefs are a personal thing. If they can help make your life better, it's great. But don't try to influence others. Can't stand that." - I hear you!

    Girl, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us (most valuable) :D! You rock!

    Cheers

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  16. MAX:

    I think religion should be a very personal thing. If you belong to a church, fine. But I don't like it when the church extends itself to influencing governmental policy. For instance, the church should not support political candidates or public policies. The church should have no opinion on the subject. Those are secular matters. I also don't like it when the church wants to influence our educational system. I don't care what the educational area is, I don't want the church involved. Education teaches us about the physical world. The church teaches us about the world of faith.

    When attend church I want to hear messages that inspire me to be a better person, more compassionate, and more tolerant of my fellow citizens. I will then practice these teachings in my everyday life. If I want to believe in Heaven, fine. But if I want to pray, this should be done in privacy - behind closed doors - not at the workplace. There is no reason in this world why someone should be inconvenienced in order for me to pray. There is also no reason in this world for me to pray in public, or in public places. I don't think our schools, or the workplace, or the public parks is a place to preach, pray , or recruit new church members.

    In short, the church should be an extension of our own faith, not the other way around.

    I ramble I know.

    Have a nice day.

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  17. & I think your post is so much relevant in the Indian context where we have a multitude of cultures, religions & languages, so you can well understand about the pseudo religious leaders too who has sprang up in part of the country, doing their bits to confuse the people and the subject of spirituality as a whole...the leaders just are playing with religious sentiments & cashing in in the name of God....it has become more like a big business these days & money-power & its influence has become the last word....I just couldn't more agree with your thoughts...very well written!

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  18. I enjoyed reading this tremendously as usual, Max. ;-D

    Well, this reminds me of what a friend told me. He prefers animals than human beings, since animals have no "hidden agenda" in saying or doing something. :-))))

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  19. Hey Swu!

    "I think religion should be a very personal thing. If you belong to a church, fine. But I don't like it when the church extends itself to influencing governmental policy." - Hear! Hear!

    "For instance, the church should not support political candidates or public policies. The church should have no opinion on the subject. Those are secular matters." - Agreed!

    "I also don't like it when the church wants to influence our educational system. I don't care what the educational area is, I don't want the church involved. Education teaches us about the physical world. The church teaches us about the world of faith." - it is bad news when the church shows an interest in doing this. We have seen in the past what they have done: their first impulse is to condemn us all to the valley of shadow of ignorance...

    "When attend church I want to hear messages that inspire me to be a better person, more compassionate, and more tolerant of my fellow citizens. I will then practice these teachings in my everyday life. If I want to believe in Heaven, fine." - beautifully put!

    "There is also no reason in this world for me to pray in public, or in public places. I don't think our schools, or the workplace, or the public parks is a place to preach, pray , or recruit new church members." - at least, if one wants to pray in public do it in such a way that is kept private (ex: sit in a bench praying, addressing to God, looking very contemplative). Cause when one prays out loud in an improper public place it may give the impression that one is trying to either recruit people or market God...Prayer is private, our relationship with God is private...

    "In short, the church should be an extension of our own faith, not the other way around." - agreed!

    "I ramble I know." - my friend, this kind of ramble is the kind the world needs :D!

    Thank you so much for these outstanding words: I utterly loved them *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  20. Hey Kalyan!

    So good to see you, my friend :D!

    "& I think your post is so much relevant in the Indian context where we have a multitude of cultures, religions & languages, so you can well understand about the pseudo religious leaders too who has sprang up in part of the country, doing their bits to confuse the people and the subject of spirituality as a whole..." - yes, I do understand the Indian context (one of the things that amaze me about your delightful country is its cultural, religious & language miscellany)! It is a shame that pseudo-leaders would do this to people *nodding*...

    "the leaders just are playing with religious sentiments & cashing in in the name of God" - true! It is unfortunate, but true!

    "....it has become more like a big business these days & money-power & its influence has become the last word" - I hear you! *nodding*

    "....I just couldn't more agree with your thoughts...very well written!" - thank you, my dear friend *bowing*!

    Kalyan, awesome point of view and for it I thank you *bowing*! It was a delight going through your words!

    Cheers

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  21. Hey Amelia!

    Thanks, darling :D! You are kind *bowing*!

    "He prefers animals than human beings, since animals have no "hidden agenda" in saying or doing something" - LOL LOL I hear you! I used to think the same when I was a teenager; but then I changed my mind; you know why? Cause those irritating details (hidden agenda) about humans are one of the most fascinating subjects to study in them...can you imagine how the world would be like if we were predictable and everything would be linear? Boring...

    But that was a great line, nevertheless ;D! Thanks for your thoughts, gorgeous :D!

    Cheers

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  22. How fricking true. It's fucking absurd these crazy zealots go about blowing people up and find random passages in their holy books to justify it.

    This is not a back towards fundamentalisms, it's a new and insane holy order. It all comes down to the human nature and desire to dominate. Damned humans lol...

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  23. Hey Shan,

    Ah, let's see what you have brought us, buddy :D...

    "Damned humans" - LOL LOL...

    I find it reproachable the way these people try to control others and lead them to wrongdoings; it is a human embarassment...

    Thanks for having dropped by, Shan...missed your opinion already :D!

    Cheers

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  24. Hola Max! ¿Cómo andas? Bueno, la verdad es que Pessoa, waw, es mucha comparación, muchisimas gracias. si, lo conozco, por supuesto. leí Álvaro de campos hace unos años. me gusta el hecho de que utilizara cuatro pseudónimos distintos para publicar los poemas; una vez leí en un articulo que le llamaban el poeta de las mil caras.
    Y, por supuesto, también, sería un honor ver un poema mío en portugués, que es una lengua mucho más musical que el español, más plástica.
    Well, Max: estamos hablando, cuídate. Buen fin de semana, espero que sea con lindo sol y hermoso para ti. besos

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  25. Max,
    You know me and how I like to take a slightly different path and get into an intellectual discussion with you. In fact I look forward to these discussions with you and inevitably we usually come to the same basic conclusion. Well, this week I am disappointed. Do you know why I am disappointed? I am disappointed because I will miss this weeks discussion. The reason I will miss this discussion is because I have only one word to describe your post (I can drag it out, can't I?).....and the word is "YES." You hit it RIGHT on the HEAD......EXACTLY!

    Excellent post!!!......but, I will miss the discussion.

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  26. Max,
    BTW, the link was wrong on my "ComplainComplainComplain" button. I fixed it on my site. Could you come by and replace the the one on your site with the new one?

    Thanks,

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  27. Hola Fernando!

    "¿Cómo andas?" - bien, bien...gracias! Y tu? :D

    "Bueno, la verdad es que Pessoa, waw, es mucha comparación, muchisimas gracias." - es lo que pienso...escribes muy bien!

    "si, lo conozco, por supuesto. leí Álvaro de campos hace unos años. me gusta el hecho de que utilizara cuatro pseudónimos distintos para publicar los poemas; una vez leí en un articulo que le llamaban el poeta de las mil caras." - Álvaro de Campos es bueno, pero mi gusta Alberto Caeiro (el Maestro) un poquito más. Soy una grande fan de Pessoa. Verdad, él era el poeta de las mil caras porque quando escribía su alma se dividía en tantos personajes diferentes, en diversas personalidades e pensamientos...era increíble!

    "Y, por supuesto, también, sería un honor ver un poema mío en portugués, que es una lengua mucho más musical que el español, más plástica. " - gracias, Proto! El honor es todo mio, créeme!

    "Buen fin de semana, espero que sea con lindo sol y hermoso para ti. besos" - gracias, lindo!

    Cuídate!

    Besos

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  28. Hey Mel,

    "You know me and how I like to take a slightly different path and get into an intellectual discussion with you." - yes, it is true...

    "In fact I look forward to these discussions with you and inevitably we usually come to the same basic conclusion." - I too look forward to our discussions *bowing*! lol true, we always seems to meet at the same end lol...

    "Well, this week I am disappointed." - oh my...why?

    "Do you know why I am disappointed? I am disappointed because I will miss this weeks discussion. The reason I will miss this discussion is because I have only one word to describe your post (I can drag it out, can't I?).....and the word is "YES." You hit it RIGHT on the HEAD......EXACTLY!" - LOL LOL LOL LOL oh Mel, for a moment I thought I had written something that had offended you lol *nodding*! *phew*...you kill me lol!

    "Excellent post!!!......but, I will miss the discussion." - thank you so much *bowing*! Yes, no discussion this week, unfortunately...but I am sure we will find something to discuss about soon ;D!

    Mel, thanks for this awesome comment...although it got me worried for a moment it made me laugh to tears lol...you are incredible :D!

    Cheers

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  29. Mel,

    Yes, I will replace it: no problem :D!
    Thanks for letting me know!

    You are welcome, pal :D!

    Cheerio

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  30. Wow! There is so much here to dig into. Your words sum up much of my personal experience, "claiming a Supra truth (over the other belief systems) and making judgements are the main cause for chasing people away from the spiritual path."

    On a gut level, I have believed since childhood that God (if God exists ... and exists for every being) God must be accessible to every person, everywhere. Therefore, being open to God and truth must be an internal experience. I can (and do) certainly learn from others but I feel that if I let a religious leader or belief system usurp my practice of listening to the voice of God within me (ie, if I start to think they're speaking for God and that trumps my understanding), then I've lost my foothold spiritually. (I'm always suspicious of those who do that very thing at any rate and question their motives.) Because of this I have struggled over the concept of religion. I certainly believe in spirituality and a connection to an entity, force or wisdom that I cannot fully comprehend. Yet I'm hesitant to embrace religon or even the word, "God." I adamantly refuse to put a name to God ... it's too divisive, and certainly that's not what God is about!

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  31. Max,
    I am sorry, but what I did was to correct the Complaint link on my Attitude site but forgot to do it on my Complaint site. Now it is all correct.

    I apologize for having you make this change twice.

    BTW, I have my new concept almost completed. I am now working on the design. Can I pass it by you for your opinion?

    If it is OK with you I will email it to you.

    Feel free to delete this comment once you have read it because it is irrelevant to your "Brilliant" post.

    Thanks,
    Mel


    Mel

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  32. hey max! i had a great one ;) i hope you did too. and i'm glad the orange peel was a great help. yes, you've told me about it before, *wink, wink.

    have a wonderful week ahead dear ;)

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  33. Hello Brenda!

    Unfortunately, dear; this is a very common experience for a lot of people...

    "On a gut level, I have believed since childhood that God (if God exists ... and exists for every being) God must be accessible to every person, everywhere." - interesting that you're saying that! People often ask me how do I know that God exists and I say that I just do. Then they ask where I learned it, and I say I was born knowing.

    "Therefore, being open to God and truth must be an internal experience." - I hear you.

    "I can (and do) certainly learn from others but I feel that if I let a religious leader or belief system usurp my practice of listening to the voice of God within me (ie, if I start to think they're speaking for God and that trumps my understanding), then I've lost my foothold spiritually." - beautifully put!

    "I certainly believe in spirituality and a connection to an entity, force or wisdom that I cannot fully comprehend." - this is sensible!

    "Yet I'm hesitant to embrace religon or even the word, "God." I adamantly refuse to put a name to God ... it's too divisive, and certainly that's not what God is about!" - God is God and there is no more to it! He is One for everybody and it is a shame that humans make of fuss out of the Creator *nodding*! God although complex is quite simple in what He wants...but humans, Aaah, humans....*sigh*!

    Brenda, thank you so much for these amazing words; I learned a lot from you, darling :D!

    Cheers

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  34. Mel,

    It is ok, my friend! I have already made the necessary changes :D!

    "BTW, I have my new concept almost completed. I am now working on the design. Can I pass it by you for your opinion?" - Yes you can! Email it to me, please!

    "Feel free to delete this comment once you have read it because it is irrelevant to your "Brilliant" post." - thank you, Mel! But there is no need to delete it...this way everybody will know that a new project is on the way ;D!

    You are welcome, my dear friend :D!

    Cheers

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  35. Hey Liza,

    Yes, I did have a great weekend, thanks :D! And I am glad you had a great one too!

    LOL I had? I am getting old LOL ;D!

    Thanks dear; have a wonderful week ahead as well!

    Cheers

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  36. I must admit I'm kind of non-religion myself, so I will be very careful in commenting. This post was an interesting read though - thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  37. Hello Renny!

    It is quite all right: non-religious people's thoughts are still welcome here; so feel free to express yourself :D!

    I am glad you liked it, my friend: thank you *bowing*!

    Sharing thoughts is what I love most :D! So, don't mention it!

    Thanks for having dropped by, Renny! Your presence is always much appreciated!

    Cheers

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