Category Archives: Faith

charter for compassion

Spread the word, the Charter for Compassion, Karen Armstrong’s TED wish is launched today. Read about it and take action, sign the charter to show your support.

Here’s a snipit:

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. …

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. …

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. …

Enjoy!

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i LOVE this post

finally, it all makes sense, and totally breaks your heart at the same time.

http://www.conversiondiary.com/2009/04/why-did-jesus-have-to-die-for-our-sins.html

And to all those who did or would comment that that is not what happened, let me remind you that none of us know for sure so get off the high horse.

leap of faith

What I don’t understand is the people who try to convince me of some Christian position by saying “It’s in the Bible!” Ok, but… “But it’s the word of God” they say. And? Just because you believe that I’m supposed to? It’s not that easy and expecting it to be is insulting to my intelligence.

Look, the Bible is a great book – but it takes a leap of faith to sincerely believe that everything (or even most things) in it are complete truth. I will reiterate that I have no problem with people believing wholeheartedly in the Bible. However, one cannot logically use that as an argument for understanding the why’s and how’s of the Christian faith. That would assume that EVERYONE believes the same thing.

There has to be another level to the debate, there has to be a way to talk about it (Christianity and religion in general) without assuming the other person is wrong because they do or don’t believe. I often get people quoting the Bible to me when I explain a position that I have trouble understanding or believing. That is just not helpful if I have not made the same leap of faith. And not that I don’t want to, I’m just not there yet – may never be. Some tend to assume I just haven’t tried and therefore don’t “get it”. Never a fair assumption, that the other person is just not as smart as you are.

The “it’s in the Bible” arguments are a complete turn off. It’s like having a door slammed in your face, while the person doing the slamming is smiling. That may not be the intention, but that’s what’s conveyed. The explicit truth of the Bible and God are not things we can prove or disprove so they cannot be used as THE justification.

the easy way out

I was reading an article on Beliefnet, topic not really important; it was the comments that drew my attention. A debate between two people obviously on opposite sides of the religious fence – both equally annoying.

Person 1:

…those who are born again welcome all who want to be saved.

All wanna be saved, and God wants-ta save all through their repentance. However, not all accept His Son. Thus, they reject the Father. Thus, they won’t be saved.

So, you either believe it all and you’re good to go or you don’t and you’re damned…damn, must be nice.

Person 2:

Finally, the question is, do I want to live my life based on a system that has no solid evidence of its claims, in the name of which many heinous crimes have been committed?

The answer is no.

There’s something about the “heinous crimes” argument that really irks me. People like to drag it out to make a point about how horrid religion is…I bet they still fill up their car with gas despite the number of wars waged in the name of oil!

Both sides are just too easy. There’s a lack of thoughtfulness, of true introspection, and a complete inability to see something from someone else’s viewpoint.

speaking of faith

Just wanted to share this great program I recently discovered: Speaking of Faith on NPR.

Hosted by Krista Tippett, the public radio program is heard weekly on radio stations around the country, bringing a wide range of intelligent religious ideas and voices into American life.

I get a regular email from the program as well, which is wonderful. You can reach the main site for the program here: http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/index.shtml

Enjoy!