On this Easter weekend it may be time to take a look where we are with God. Full disclosure. I didn’t have a religious upbringing. My mother was a Quaker and there were no Quaker churches around. My Dad was a Texas blacksmith and had no interest in religion, as far as I could tell. So my only real connection with a church was Summer Bible School where we made wooden doorstops for Mom.
But I’ve read the Bible and my conclusions are different from the accepted beliefs. I’ve never believed in the “virgin birth”. I’m too pragmatic to believe that, although it is as a nice story. God gave me a brain and I choose to use it. Virgins having babies is a biological concept I can’t accept. Although the Woke Culture tells me that a man can have a baby so I may have to reconsider. But I do believe in miracles. In fact, ANY birth is a miracle.
All I have to do is look at a tree to see a miracle. A man can plant a tree. A man can grow a tree. But no man has ever MADE a tree. It’s as simple as that. Only a higher power than man can make a tree.
Do I believe in Jesus? Absolutely. I think he was a marvelous teacher, and his teachings are as valuable to us today as they were 2000 years ago. You have to admit, anything that has prevailed through all kinds of oppression is a valuable asset. Was he the son of God? I think we are all Sons of God. And nothing can compete with the Ten Commandments as a blueprint for an honest and fruitful life.
I don’t regret being brought up outside of conventional religion and I’ll tell you why. I have never believed that I needed to have an intermediary between God and me. And I go to him every day. I am a strong believer in the power of prayer and I’m not ashamed to ask for God’s help and guidance all the time.
Do I believe in the Devil? I certainly do. And he walks the earth and makes people evil if they allow him to do it. Anyone with a modicum of a brain knows that evil has invaded our politics, our educational system, almost every facet of our lives. What evil lurks in the hearts of people who would tell our children that watching pornography is “enjoyable, normal, and fun”. That’s evil bullshit. Evil people in government want to destroy our belief in God and replace it with secular communism. Right thinking people know that is wrong. Adults mutilating their children to change their gender is evil.
Unlike the Old Testament I don’t believe in a vengeful God. God wants the best for us. So why do bad things happen to good people? He also gave us free will. Free will allows us to do things that are not good or good for us. If we are in the company of others who use that free will to do harmful things we can be hurt ourselves. If we allow God to show us the way and we follow it we will be healthier, happier, and enjoy peace of mind.,
So I will celebrate Easter with a a day of contemplation instead of an Easter egg hunt. And I hope you will celebrate it in any way you think proper. You do you – I’ll do me. And God will accept both of us.