Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Brief Quotes - the Bible is not God

I believe that while the Bible gives us some revelations about God and God's dealings with some of mankind, it does not fully define God or all His doings or plans. We must remain mindful of the fact that the Bible is not God.

God is God.

The Bible is a vessel and a tool, but it does not define God in His wholeness.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Walking Away from Organized Religion Leads Me to Freedom

In Mick Mooney’s article titled “A Greater Peace within all You Don’t Know”, he says:

"The further away you travel from religion and the know-it-all mindset you inherit with it, the more freedom you find in asking questions about your faith. You no longer feel obligated to pledge undivided allegiance to your doctrines. You become pleased to put them on trial, to examine then, and to discard them if they are found to be without substance."
A resounding YES for those thoughts!!  At the present time, I am experiencing another level of this phenomenon. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Brief Quotes - The Irony of Losing Someone You Love

The Death of My Beloved Doggie Daughter, Honey

Me and my Honey girl on April 20th, 2014, celebrating her 17th birthday

"Pain demands to be felt.”
(quote from Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

I am heartbroken and overcome by immense grief. My precious doggie daughter, Honey, died Monday, July 14th, at 1:00 a.m. Her little heart began to fail her on Friday and she was terribly sick the entire weekend until she died peacefully in my arms while I kissed and loved on her.

Honey wasn’t just dog or a pet in our family; she truly was my doggie daughter. Her favorite things were being with me and eating her food. She loved me so much and her devotion to me was truly special. She was my little girl with many special needs at her 17 years of age, and her death has left a gigantic hole in my life. A part of me has been torn away and it hurts intensely.

The irony of losing someone you love is that in the storm of grief they are the only ones you want for comfort.

I so desperately long to hold and kiss her again and to feel her loving me back!

"The sorry truth is you can walk your feet to blisters, 
walk till kingdom-come, 
and you never will outpace your grief." 
(quote from The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Freedom is a Circular Thing

I've really got freedom on my mind.  Perhaps, it is because as I continue my journey of discovering God each day, I'm finding greater and greater freedom.  

Freedom from religion.
Freedom from indoctrination.
Freedom from religious traditions.
Freedom from an us vs. them mentality.
Freedom from being judge and jury over others.
Freedom from pat answers.
Freedom from law.
Freedom from guilt and shame.
Freedom from conformity.

How to Get to Hell Info Graph by David Hayward

I saw this info graph today and loved it.  It truly made me laugh out loud!  All credit for this info graph belongs to David Hayward, aka the "naked pastor".  Check out his site at www.nakedpastor.com.

I am also anxious to purchase his latest book called The Liberation of Sophia.

This is the reality of "going to hell".  

Related posts:

Check out my series dispelling the myth of hell
Part 1: A Brief Backdrop of My Journey

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

God is Like the Vast Ocean...

God is like the vast ocean:  powerful, refreshing, amazing. 

God’s depths are beyond the scope of complete human comprehension. 

The treasures contained within God are absolutely beautiful and also beyond our greatest imagination. 

As we timidly approach and wade by the ocean’s edge and splash around enjoying its coolness, in the same manner we can draw near to God and get to know a little bit about God. 

Daily Truth – Let Us Make God in Our Image

In the John Green book, The Fault in Our Stars, there is a line that says: “It's almost as if the way you imagine my dead self says more about you than it says about either the person I was or the whatever I am now.” 

I have found this sentiment to be true.  We tend to base our understanding of others on how we think, feel, or act.  I have had the experience of other people placing their feelings and thoughts upon me and, regrettably, I have been guilty of doing it to others.  It is bizarre to have someone else tell me what I mean to say with my words and what my intentions are with my actions when the realities within me are actually quite different from their opinion.