I begin to lose my faith when I started to have better relationships with the “them” that I wasn’t supposed to associate with.But it was an eye opening experience.
If only the established church took the time to actually relate to “them”; whether it’s people of other faiths or even the lgbt community.
Actually when you study other religions, you realize religion itself isn’t so bad when you realize that true religion is about community, relationships, taking care of each other, and being uncorrupted by the world.
Sounds like socialism almost. Better to have a liberal church than a liberal government that forces us to take care of others through taxes.In comparison to other religions, Christianity looks kind of boring. Except for progressive Christianity which seems to be the only group that is open-minded enough to learn from other religions.
People today talk about the American Dream being a big house, white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a car. Although that dream is dying, or evolving , into luxury apartments and an Iphone. But I don’t believe the original American Dream had anything to do with materialism; at least not until Corporate America took over everything after World War Two.
The original American Dream was freedom. The freedom to be anything you want. It still is. You are as free as you want to be. Materialism leads to economic slavery and is bondage. Of course, just like sex, it is not bondage if you are actually enjoying your job.
Most people aren’t materialistic. They are just trying to keep up with their peers. Peer pressure doesn’t stop just because you get out of high school
For me, I have this overwhelming urge to want to go against the status quo. It’s the reason I left college to try and succeed without college.
The new American Dream is working 70+ hours a week to pay for wood, hay, and stubble. If people didn’t depend on insurance as much, or healthcare in general, or go into debt to have everything, the economy would collapse
Maybe that is why they play the game. It’s not my way of wanting to die for my country.
You don’t have to make your life about work and money. If you add enough value, you can still get rich anyway. Even if you don’t get rich you can still value yourself. The secret to getting rich is knowing how rich you already are.
You can pray to God to show you how to be rich, but “He” will more than likely show you where true wealth lies; within.
The Talmud says a rich man is a person who is content with what they have. There are probably more rich poor people than poor rich people. I will let you think on that for a minute. . .or two.
If you are content with what you have and live within your means when you have little, you will be more generous if you ever attract an abundance. The abundant life Jesus was talking about was in spiritual things, unlike what the prosperity gospel teachers tell us.
I don’t want to sound all doom and gloom, or worse make people think I have no self-esteem; as if I cared what anyone thinks. I consider myself an optimistic pessimist, because going too far either way can make us out of touch with reality.
If you can’t decide what you want to do with your life, I have some good news. It doesn’t matter in the end because it is all dead end and temporary. Nobody wants to come to the end of their life and wish they had spent more time working.
Don’t get me wrong, life is work but not everything has to be about work and money the way we make it today. I believe there has to be more to this life than just the here and now and this is why I am convinced that there is a God (metaphorical name for Divine goodness) and a life beyond this one.
Religious texts such as the Bible and even Vedic scriptures have a lot of truth to them, one of these eternal truths being that life is meaningless in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Many people will hear this and give up in despair but for me this is good news because it means I am free to do whatever with my life (within reason).
Our purpose in life is to do whatever makes us happy. True happiness has been defined by ancient philosophers as being of service to others. Life is about service. Making money is good but even spiritual teachers like Dr. Wayne Dyer say it should not be the end goal. Money is simply a medium of exchange, so when we find what makes us happy and pursue it we naturally attract the money we need to finance our life.
There is an old saying that when we do what we love the money follows. Even if we don’t make a lot we will have the wisdom to do more with less (this is better than chasing after money in my opinion).
The reason we are so obsessed with money, work and material wealth is because we have lost our sense of purpose so we focus on whatever feels the void, which in most cases is money or relationships. We will never be happy if we lose touch with who we are and try to look for what we are missing through other people.
Have you ever wondered who wears the pants in the family? The man is supposed to be the spiritual leader. Although many husbands say they wear the pants but their wife tells them which ones to put on.
The woman may technically be the spiritual leader because the divine feminine is usually more sensitive and intuitive to things of a spiritual nature. Men just get the final say; maybe because they are more rational while women are prone to run on emotion.
However there are a growing number of men who are so everything their wife tells them because they have overbearing spouses (ballbusters). These types of husbands are typically passiveaggressive and probably would have never gotten married if he’d man’ed up.
If this type of guy were to become more assertive, he’d probably get hit with a divorce decree. This could explain the growing number of divorces taking place within the church. Most divorces seem to be initiated by the wives.
Feminism has empowered women beyond traditional roles as a wife. Women are said to outnumber men, possibly a 7:1 ratio. I haven’t looked it up but I have heard it in more than one setting.
Some of the men in church used to joke about how there would be more women in heaven. Duh! Why do you think it’s called heaven? (Jk). 72 virgins? Jk again. Remember Jesus said there would be no marriage or people given in marriage in heaven.