Spirituality Outside The Pews
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#1 Mar 16, 2008
Buckley is right when she says, "I think it is our nature to make meaning." So is Ehrenkrantz when he asserts that "You can have spirituality without religion." Emery hits the jackpot, though, when he says, "I don't think that we need religion to tell us how to behave - I believe that this knowledge is deep within us." Emerson and Thoreau knew it, and show do - or should - we.
Many formal religions are in the business of self perpetuation rather than enlightenment. They teach people to FOLLOW THEIR RULES and TELL THEM WHAT TO THINK rather than PROVIDE WAYS FOR PEOPLE TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES.
Avoid restrictive, mind-controlling cults. They are wolves in sheeps' clothing. Have the courage to come out the cave of ignorance, fear, and supersition to bathe in the pure light of free thought.
#2 Mar 16, 2008
I am so pleased to see more and more people are coming to this realization. I was raised in a "bible teaching church" which I could never truly believe in because of their hypocritical attitudes. The bible was taken as literal text and that was something I could not put my mind and heart into. I take the bible as more of a story that we can take lessons from. I have researched many churches around the area and only found one that is along the same lines as this article. The Unity Church accepts all religions and allows the individual to create their own understanding, without saying "if you don't believe what I am telling you than you are wrong". It is very refreshing to see that I am not the only one who thinks it is okay to be spiritual and realize that I am not going to "burn in the lake of fire"!
#3 Mar 17, 2008
It is wonderful that so many people are responding to God. Hopefully, they will all find the Fullness of Truth in the Roman Catholic Church as they journey through their lives. There are many great books to help those who are searching for more meaning. Surpirsed by Truth by Patrick Madrid is one helpful anthology of conversion stories. Listen to EWTN radio; read the early Church Fathers. God truly is calling all of us to Him!
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