Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Biblical Introspection = Cookie Cutter People

Part of working in the corrections system is that church groups come almost daily to speak to the juveniles we have detained. Of course, to maintain order, an officer or two - depending on the number of kids - has to sit in on the hourlong lesson by said church group. Well, as low man on the totem pole I got the lovely duty of trying not to fall asleep in tonight's lesson.

I am awful about tooting my own horn - despite how excited I get when others speak well of my ventures into the various media outlets. However, I have been trying to vehemently oppose the notion that Paganism is good and Christianity is bad, that all of the ills of this world are due to Christianity and Christians, specifically.

Not that this particular Christian made me regret those pro-do-what-you-want views, but I highly disagreed with the idea he came to talk to the kids about: you will only truly know yourself if you let the Bible tell you about yourself... Basically, you need to read the Bible daily in order to more fully understand God and by extension yourself. I get the principle, but I highly disagree with the concept.

I don't care what religion it is that you've subscribed to, but if it's a revealed religion - otherwise known as a religion of the book - then you must realize you're subscribing to a faith that cannot evolve and cannot be molded to fit your unique life experiences. This is the problem that comes about when someone says they believe the Bible/Torah/Bhagavad Gita/Holy Text completely. There are going to be parts that don't apply to you, others that do, and others that go against what makes you you.

Believing in a book and making that the central focus of your practice is quite limiting and cannot ever tell you all about yourself. Namely because since it's a book the words don't change to fit each individual. If you believe that a book is giving you the how-to's of life, that's one thing, but to believe that a book is going to reveal who you truly are as a person... Really?!

These books are powerful. They have copious wisdom and opulent allegories. They can teach and instruct and provide comfort, but they cannot tell you who you are. None of them. They weren't written for you; they were written for everyone - if you believe that. If nothing else, they were written for a public of that era - the ancient Hebrews, Hindus, etc. If we all absorbed that we are what the Holy Text of the Day says we are, then we'd all be the same person.

The words don't change. The themes and motifs have been the same for thousands of years. Use them for their intended purpose - gaining wisdom and insight. But, please, don't attempt to mold yourself to fit them. They were written by man, and thus have skewed the divine message initially inspiring them. They are to be researched, weighed, measured, and folded comfortably into your life. And, of course, Christians/Christianity is not the only revealed religion, and thus I am not specifically talking about them.

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