As I've grown up, and done my fair share of soul searching and spiritual development, I've talked to many types of people from dfferent walks of life and different religions, from common streeet walkers, to holy men (monk, priests and pastors). Some I've learned a great deal from their compassion and understanding, others, you would swear that they were the devil himself.
But if there's one thing I've learned in all of my spiritual journey, it's that the one, and only ONE thing that ALL of these people had in common, was that they were all different. Literally, every single one of them. They all had a different approach on how they wished to view their religion. Christian to Buddhist, Buddhist to Muslim, Christian to Christian, Buddhist to Buddhist, Muslim to Muslim. All of them, different.
So it made me realize something. Just the same how one Christian may spout the word of hatred and fear of God, another Christian just a few blocks down will just as quickly spout that the word of God is supposed to be about love and compassion.
How can two people misconstrue the word of God so terribly? Have they twisted the holy word to have it suit THEM, and not what GOD (or Buddha, etc) originally intended? Do... ALL people do this to their beliefs? Muslim? Buddhist? Catholic? Christian?
So as I kept going through life, I kind of started to see Religion not so much as the word of God, but kind of like, the ultimate mirror. A reflection of the believer, and not God. If the person has hatred in their heart, they will see hateful words, if they have compassion in their heart, they will see compassionate words. Their God, for all intents and purposes, is surprisingly irrelevant.
What are your thoughts on this philosophy? Any truth to this?
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Video of a pastor talking about punching a kid in the chest.
The pastor, as with many religious folks, clearly confuse God with themselves (because God resides in their ego). You can hear it in the pastor's sermon, "He was trying to push my buttons and not taking the Lord serious" (pushing my buttons and not taking me seriously) "When are you going to stop playing games with God?" (You pushed my buttons, but see how I can overpower you? When are you going to stop playing games with me?). The pastor laments that the kid was "too smart". He couldn't defeat the kid intellectually, so he did so physically... and then brags about it. Rotten.
^One of the comments from the video I liked.
It's ALL about egoism. This guy is clearly one of the aggressive fear mongering Christians and not the Jesus loves everyone Christians so I don't want to lump everyone into the same group.1