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A Bizzare Religious Epiphany...

Fri Oct 23, 2009, 9:15 PM
  • Mood: Content
  • Reading: The Children of Odin/Book of Norse Myths
  • Watching: History Channel
  • Drinking: Pepsi
~~~Shadsie's Art and Musings~~~

I've been working a little bit on "A World of Rusted Dreams."  I'm thinking of probably putting more emphasis on the Guardians as "possibly being delusions" and a lot of emphasis upon them being "as the charge who calls them needs them."

Anyway, I was reading some random blogs tonight on politics and religion.  The one consistent thing that I see just about everywhere that I really like is that "extremes" on all sides seem to be overwhelmed by the moderation of most commentators. As a Moderate-type, I take comfort in that, I really do.

Anyway, most people who read my journal here know that I'm a Christian - I haven't gone to church in a while and I consider myself nondemonimnational, but I am still a part of the "Evil Empire," in some loose way. I am one of those who actually reads and has studied the Bible, however, so I actually *know* about the unpleasnant and controversial bits as well as the "good" stuff that people on "my side" most tout.  And I cringe whenever fellow Christians try to tout the Bible has "having no contradictions" and so forth. I also am a seeker-type personality and I question my faith all the time.  I just happen to always come back to "I still have it," whether others like it or not. I cannot speak for others, even other Christians over what makes one "true," I can only speak for what I believe, how I experience my faith on a personal level, and keep track of trying to do what's right in my own life.

In thinking that, well, I'm pretty much hopeless when it comes to "outgrowing such silly superstitions" as the TV Trope says, I've come to a pretty weird conclusion about Jesus in my life. I may have chosen Christianity some years ago for some basic reasons it just "clicked" with me (converted as a teen), but after having my beliefs in flux over the years, all the thinking and questioning, I have an analogy of where I am now with it. You may find it amusing or just disgusting. Your milage may vary.

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Jesus is like this lovely little benign mole I have on the upper part of my right arm. @_@.  

In my mind/soul/spirit/whatever, he is just "there" much like this mole in my arm is "just there."  

If I were to cut it/him off, a scar would be left.  

I happen to enjoy having it/him around, so I will not be ridding myself (at least not anytime soon).  

If you think that I would be better off without the "mole" and come at me with a razor blade trying to cut it off, I'm gonna run away from you.  If you keep coming at me, I might just take that razor blade and shove it in your face.

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If I didn't see (my perception of) God as having a sense of humor, I would have been doomed long ago.  

And, why yes, this weird rant has a little *something* to do with my creative work, as I mentioned the novel I'm working on above. It's about concepts of faith told in a weird, fantasy-type of way, so, I've had to think a lot about such concepts lately in the real world in order to put them in the fantasy world/fantasy context.

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nataluna Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Hey LSS here
I tried to imagine what you would say about Jesus and a Mole and this is approximately what i expected. Donno what that means about minds LOL
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Katimazie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
...That is probably the most hilarious description of religion I've ever heard. Good show!

What's funny is that I'm kind of similar in that I'm too "religious" to be a proper atheist/agnostic. I have a sort of animist belief towards the world, I think of there being some sort of god but more in a "force of creation/destruction" way than an "omnipotent person(s) hanging out somewhere" way, and while I'm kind of wary when it comes to the bible, I consider Jesus to be an okay guy and would probably hang with him if he was ever in the mood to show up.
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Shadsie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I feel I'm kind of "caught between," myself. I am a Christian. I believe in the important "core Christianity" things, but I'm *not* a Fundamentalist, I'm not right-wing. I have views on science and politics that put me at odds with my Baptist roots. (Non-denominational now). I feel like I'm "too religious" for most people, but "not religious" enough for most others in my "group." So, when people say that they have a sort of vague belief in something non-specific, I think I understand. It's the whole defying category thing.

Unfortuantely, the mole on my arm is not in the shape of Jesus. I haven't seen him on my morning toast, either. Bummer!
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Grenhoth Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
I don't think I've ever heard it put quite that way before. Interesting. :O_o:

To each their own.
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Shadsie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
What can I say? I think outside the box.

I'm friggin' weird.
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Grenhoth Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
:clap: I applaud your weirdness.
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Shadsie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Why be "normal?" Normal is boring. Weird is more fun! :love:
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Grenhoth Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
I couldn't agree more. :D
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Moongara Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
A most interesting analogy about religion.
As for God having a sense of humor, that's a foregone conclusion. Anyone who has ever searched for their keys and found their keys practically staring at them knows it to be true.
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Shadsie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I get a little tired of seeing the implication that I would be a "better person" or "of more general worth to humanity" if I didn't act from (genunine)religious conviction and if I "just lost the J-man."

I even take offense to the idea that "my kind" are going to one day become extinct as humanity "progresses." I'm actually fairly well-educated, and I am still a spiriutal seeker. There are others like this. I've seen them. They will always be around.

Of course, I know that there are many non-religious people who feel the same way from pushy people on the other side.

In the end, all I can say is that some things are "just there," and that these same things are not things that most of us want to get rid of (or even need to get rid of - that is, on an indivudal basis, not speaking on a society-wide one).

Oh, yes, keys. Sometimes, I think God has a cruel sense of humor. Also, platypus.
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