Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Children of the earth

From: God/Goddess
To: Children of Earth
Re: Idiotic Religious Rivalries

Dear Children (and believe us, that's all of you), We consider ourselves
pretty patient folks. For instance, look at the Grand Canyon. It took
millions of years to get it right. And about evolution? Boy, nothing is
slower than designing that whole Darwinian thing to take place, cell by
cell, and gene by gene.

We've been patient through your fashions, civilizations, wars and
schemes, and the countless ways you take Us for granted until you get
yourselves into big trouble again and again. We want to let you know
about some of the things that are starting to tick Us off.
First of all, your religious rivalries are driving Us up a wall.

Enough already! Let's get one thing straight: These are YOUR religions,
not Ours. We're the whole enchilada; We're beyond them all. Every one of
your religions claims there is only one of Us (which by the way, is
absolutely true). But in the very next breath, each religion claims it's
Our favorite one. And each claims it's scriptures were written
personally by Us, and that all the other scriptures are man-made. Oy
Vey. How do We even begin to put a stop to such complicated nonsense?

Okay, listen up now. We're your Father AND Mother, and We don't play
favorites among Our children. Also, We hate to break it to you, but We
don't write. Our longhand is awful, and We've always been more of
"doers" anyway. So ALL of your books, including those Bibles, were
written by men and women. They were inspired, remarkable people, but
they also made mistakes here and there. We made sure of that so that you
would never trust a written word more than your own living heart.

You see, one human being to Us, even a bum on the street, is worth more
than all the Holy Books in the world. That's just the kind of folks we
are. Our spirit is not a historical thing. It's alive right here, right
now, as fresh as your next breath. Holy books and religious rites are
sacred and powerful, but not more so than the least of you. They were
only meant to steer you in the right direction, not to keep you arguing
with each other, and certainly not to keep you from trusting your own
personal connection with Us.

Which brings Us to Our next point about your nonsense. You act like We
need you and your religions to stick up for Us or "win souls" for Our
sake. Please, don't do Us any favors. We can stand quite well on our
own,thank you. We don't need you to defend Us, and We don't need
constant credit. We just want you to be good to each other.

And another thing, We don't get all worked up over money or politics, so
stop dragging Our names into your dramas. For example, We swear to Us
smile::::, that We never threatened Oral Roberts. We never rode in any
of Rajneesh's Rolls Royces. We never told Pat Robertson to run for
president, and We've never, EVER had a conversation with Jim Baker,
Jerry Falwell, or Jimmy Swaggart! Of course, come Judgment Day, We
certainly intend to.... The thing is, We want you to stop thinking of
religion as some sort of loyalty pledge to Us.

The true purpose of your religions is so that YOU can become more aware
of Us, not the other way around. Believe Us, We know you already. We
know what's in each of your hearts, and We love you with no strings
attached. Lighten up and enjoy Us. That's what religion is best for.
What you seem to forget is how mysterious We are.

You look at the petty differences in your Scriptures and say, "Well, if
THIS is the truth, then THAT can't be!" But instead of trying to figure
out Our Paradoxes and Unfathomable Nature, which by the way, you NEVER
will, why not open your hearts to the simple common threads in all
religions.

You know what We're talking about. Love and respect everyone. Be kind,
even when life is scary or confusing. Take courage and be of good cheer,
for We are always with you. Learn how to be quiet, so you can hear Our
still, small voice. (We don't like to shout). Leave the world a better
place by living your life with dignity and gracefulness, for you are Our
Own Children. Hold back nothing from
life, for the parts of you that can die surely will, and the parts that
can't, won't. So don't worry, be happy. (We stole that last line from
Bobby McFerrin.)

Simple stuff. Why do you keep making it so complicated? It's like you're
always looking for an excuse to be upset. And We're very tired of being
your main excuse. Do you think We care whether you call Us.... Yahweh,
Jehovah, Allah, Diana, Wakantonka, Brahma, Cerridwen, Father, Mother,
God, Goddess or even the Void of Nirvana? Do you think We care which of
Our special children you feel closest to, Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Krishna,
Gerald, Mohammed or any of the others? You can call Us and Our Special
Ones any name you choose, if only you would go about Our business of
loving one another as We love you. How can you keep neglecting something
so simple?

We're not telling you to abandon your religions. Enjoy your religions,
honor them, learn from them, just as you should enjoy, honor, and learn
from your parents. But do you walk around telling everyone that your
parents are better than theirs? Your religion, like your parents, may
always have the most special place in your hearts, We don't mind that at
all. And We don't want you to combine all the Great Traditions in One
Big Mess.

Each religion is unique for a reason. Each has a unique style so that
people can find the best path for themselves. Know that Our Special
Children, the ones that your religions revolve around, all live in the
same place, (Our heart), and they get along perfectly, We assure you.
The clergy must stop creating a myth of sibling rivalry where there is
none. Our blessed children of Earth, the world has grown too small for
your pervasive religious bigotries and confusion. The whole planet is
connected by air travel, satellite dishes, telephones, fax machines,
rock concerts, diseases, and mutual needs and concerns.

Get with the program! If you really want to help, then commit yourselves
to figuring out how to feed your hungry, clothe your naked, protect your
abused, and shelter your poor. And just as importantly, make your own
everyday life a shining example of kindness and good humor. We've given
you all the resources you need, if only you abandon your fear of each
other and begin living, loving and laughing together.

We're not really ticked off. We just wanted to grab your attention
because We hate to see you suffer. But We have given you free will to
choose your own paths, and We just want you to be happy.

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust,

Us

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7 Comments:

Blogger Julie said...

That is the best and wisest thing I have read in a long, long time.

November 12, 2008 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger solsticedreamer said...

this is great!

November 12, 2008 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger peppylady said...

three cheers for Patty for posting this it speaks volumes.

I have to say it reminds me when Sawyer and Bart was young and fighting.
Each of them would say the other one started it and I would say I don't care who started it but I'm ending it.

Coffee is on.

November 12, 2008 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

I really enjoyed this Patty!!!! Thank you for sharing!

November 14, 2008 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Nydia said...

I agree with every line of this. So wise.

Kisses from Nydia.

November 14, 2008 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Nydia said...

PS: Just tagged you.

November 14, 2008 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Goddess Diana said...

Amen my sister.

This is brilliant and so true.

Thank you for sharing this inspiration.

Wishing you,
Peace & Love, Just Because,
Goddess Diana

November 16, 2008 at 9:50 PM  

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