Friday, May 27, 2005

Throwing it out there for the world to see...

"The secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy had a lot to say long the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammed, Buddha or Confucius. But actually... Christ doesn't allow you to do that. He doesn't let you off that hook. Christ says: 'No, I'm NOT saying I'm a teacher, don't call me teacher. I'm not saying I'm a prophet. I'm saying 'I'm the Messiah. I'm saying: 'I am God incarnate'. And yet people say "no, no... please just be a prophet! A prophet we can take! You're a bit eccentric. We've had John the Baptist eating locusts and wild honey. We can handle that. But don't mention the "M" word! Because you're know, we're gonna have to crucify you...either Christ was who he said he was – the Messiah – or a complete nutcase. I mean we’re talking nut case on the level of Charles Manson"

Bono, (From U2 - for those of you asleep the last decade or so.)

He's not talking about Jewish people because Jesus and his disciples were Jewish...that has nothing to do with it...He's talking about everyone. Hmmm...makes me think.

Alot of people I know, especially in the city and country that I live in, are afraid of admitting that perhaps everything can't be true. Many say that every religon is true. But is that possible if they all contradict each other?

I am all for freedom of religon, no one should tell someone what to belive but this makes me think.

What if only one is true?

And which one would that be?

I myself am a christian, although I never tell people...

"It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching"

"Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words"

both quotes are St. Francis of Assisi

I belive that if what I belive is true I don't need to beat it over someone's head, or give a well oiled sales speech. If what I belive is true all I have to do is be.

just be.

For my philosophy is one based on acceptance and grace, not one of perfectionism or performance. Real hypocracy is not messing up in life, but denying the grace to others that I was offered by Christ.

So here is my declaration : I am a Christian, I belive in the G_D of Moses, Abraham and David. I belive in Christ the Incarnation of G_D that came to the world to proclaim his love. I belive that Christ took all our sins of the world on the cross so that we could be free and in accepting his sacrifice be made clean of the past. Without working toward perfection, which no man can reach on his own.

This will probably be the only time I throw this out...but having almost died today in a near car accident (losing one's brakes going down a hill causes one to reevaluate things) and losing my grandmother this week to a heart attack, this is what is nearest to my mind, and my heart.

So there you have it, a little new info about FlyingWaitress...


BonikaStJames said...

Amen sister. I couldn't agree with you more on all fronts!

I'm sorry to hear about your rought week but it sounds like it may have shook the dust off a bit. Not to say you were dusty, you know what I mean.

Thanks for putting this out there. It's bold and important.

jonny ragel said...

yo. your car's brakes went out? that's super-freaky. sorry to hear about Gma.

glad to know you're keepin it real, sister.

Necessary said...

Well said.

Mala said...

Funny - I was just talking to someone about religion.

I was brought up Roman Catholic - uberChristian.

As an adult I find I'm agnostic... I believe in one G_d, I pray to a creator; but I find myself overly suspicious of organized religion.

I don't believe in/follow Cannon law, don't like people trying to "recruit me" to their church; don't believe there is a right religion and a wrong religion.

Sometimes I miss the sense of community I grew up with while belonging to a Parish.

But all the time I'm grateful for the freedom to pray and believe as I choose, without fear of persecution.

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