I definitely would have blown right past this one. I really appreciate how RevolverOcelot chisels it down to a specific narrative that I can focus on instead saying go read book of whatever because although every little bit helps, the odds are I probably won’t be able to do it. Needless to say, I have a tiny bit of friction going on in my life right now and have very little time to indulge in fairy tales. Yet, for reasons unbeknownst to me I am working diligently to keep this project alive. That being said, on with the sermon.
Another thing is this prayer business. Apparently, this is really serious stuff. There is practically a whole page dedicated to it with precise directions on how to invoke the chant correctly in this “Lord’s Prayer”. Almost as if to summon some sort of spirit or something. I don’t think that Christians truly understand what this looks like to someone like me who's on the outside looking in..
I walk into a room or building of “sacred” grounds..
I see a bunch of people in uniform, normally some sort of formal attire..
They begin prostrating themselves to harmoniously chant sacred scriptures from their mystic book in reverence to their majestic overlord of the afterlife..
At which point I am strongly urged to participate..
“Come join us in worshiping our Master..”
Nooooooooo Thank You.. I won’t be worshiping any majestic overlords any time soon.
And it seems that I really can’t turn the page without being smacked in the face with it on some level. The moment this book starts to make sense.. in shoots the God commercial.. right when I am about to hit the climax of something that could be thought provoking..
Then it srikes –
Way to go Jesus, you just killed the moment (again). I’m starting to wonder if this entire book isn’t just one big plug for worship.
“When you do something for someone else don’t call attention to yourself” Matthew 6:1(Message)
Then why does God want people to like him so badly. Because I’m starting to get some major vibes of insecurity here. Maybe he wasn’t cuddled enough as a baby deity. Or, perhaps he is the misfit deity of the universe and none of the other deities will play with him. So, he needs the worship of creatures far inferior to fill some sort of void in his eternity. Poor guy. There, there God it’ll be okay. Everything is going to be okay. I don’t know about the whole falling to my knees and begging for forgiveness stuff, but I’ll be your fwend.
“You’re blessed when you are content with just who your are – no more, no less” Matthew 5:5 (Message)
Well, I’m pretty content with being just a Heathen.. no more, no less..
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" Matthew 7:7 (King James)
Well, that’s what I’m trying to do. Tirelessly I scour the internet for clues. Ask questions of those that know more about this book than I do. I even take time out of the day to engage in impromptu conversation with local missionaries on the street that I would normally ignore and fly right past while on my way to something more important. But what if the answers that I find are not in the bible? Am I still going to Heaven?
I really don’t know enough about this book to dive headlong into any of these practices. But there is one verse in this sermon that stands tall above the rest in my opinion. So until I learn more, I think I am going to keep it simple and just stick with that one..
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Matthew 7:1 (New International)
..and that’s good enough for me.