1. When Christians idolize certainty, the concept of “the mystery of God” is a direct threat to their ideologies. Therefore, almost every situation and question has an answer and explanation. Everything is black and white—nothing is gray. And while society shifts and creates moral questions that are harder and harder to answer, instead of humble reflection, some Christians simply rework and evolve their answers to remain true to their original beliefs—no matter how complicated, confusing or ridiculous the answers are. To them, any answer is better than not having an answer at all, which they view as a sign of extreme weakness and stupidity.
    — (via sjmattson)
     
  2. quakerradical:

    “The idea of the Gospel was a totally different logic of emancipation, of justice, of freedom. Within a pagan world, injustice meant a disturbance of natural order. In pagan traditions, justice was defined in what today we would call fascistic terms, each in his or her place in the hierarchy….

     
  3. You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting - over and over announcing your place in the family of things.  Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

    You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.

    Wild Geese
    by Mary Oliver

     
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    Words to Iraq. We’re all Sushi.

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    Words to Iraq. We’re all Sushi.

    CounterCurrentNews

     
  5. Are The Jews God’s Chosen People?

    "The Jews are God’s Chosen People the way Jesus is the Son of God, Krishna is God, Thomas A. Anderson (aka Neo) is the One, and Superman (aka Kal–El, aka Clark Kent) is the son of Krypton’s greatest scientist, Jor-El. Each of these statements is true within the narrative that affirms them, and that is the only realm of truth we humans have.

    Regardless of specific content we all live within the narrative frames of race, ethnicity, religion, philosophy, nationality, class, gender, etc. We are all characters in stories that are greater than ourselves: verbal creations to which we often cling in a desperate effort to avoid having to face our own individuality. But without the story, the narrative frame, none of this matters. Without the narrative supporting the idea of a god who chooses one people over all others, the notion of Jewish chosenness is absurd.”

    - Rabbi Rami Shapiro


    Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rabbiramishapiro/2014/06/are-the-jews-gods-chosen-people/#ixzz34xxY5rnu
     
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    “Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel

Thanks to Prayer of the Heart

    “Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.”

    ― Abraham Joshua Heschel

    Thanks to Prayer of the Heart

     
  7. What Is Devotion?

    Wherever we have a sense of deep and abiding faith or trust in someone or something and we surrender to that one, we automatically create deep feelings of loyalty, fealty, or allegiance. That is devotion.

    And for that reason devotion is powerful and yet dangerous.

    Dangerous because without a conscious intention and clear insight into who and what we devote to, devotion becomes profoundly unconscious. Devotion goes underground and expresses itself in unhealthy ways. As a result, we become devoted to money, power, self-glorification, or our own comfort–in so doing we become bound to the enslaving powers of our day.

    Yet within devotion lies the seed of deep liberation.

    Devotion is potentially very countercultural.

    There’s so much that indicates we shouldn’t practice trust or surrender: political and institutional corruptions of all varieties, desecration of life, massive injustice, and pervasive cruelty. It’s much easier to remain in a state of apathy or despair.

    But done properly, devotion awakens justice, forgiveness, mercy, and a deep burning desire for a more perfect reality than the we occupy currently.

    - Chris Dierkes

     
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    "Jesus Christ did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around loving people, any people - the disenfranchised and broken, the rich and the poor - the righteous and unrighteous; doing good and being compassionate." - Karen Armstrong

    "Jesus Christ did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around loving people, any people - the disenfranchised and broken, the rich and the poor - the righteous and unrighteous; doing good and being compassionate." - Karen Armstrong

     
  9. “It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion—its message becomes meaningless.” - Abraham Joshua Heschel

     
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