belief that heaven is a place
knowing heaven is life on earth
Your Fairy-Tale Beliefs Shouldn't Bother Me, but I'm Not 'Real Life'-Enough to Dismiss Your Mythocrisy
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
May 6, 2018 11:07am CST
I see people post on Facebook every day how they 'need people to pray for them.' I should post (and often-have posted) Jesus' words of Matthew 6:8 http://biblehub.com/interlinear/matthew/6-8.htm which should tell them "God knows; so we don't have to remind him." (I might even go on to 'complain' about people who respond with "Prayers!" or "We're prayin` fer yewuuu " because those replies DENY Jesus' words of Matthew 6:8 ) But then I seem like a 'hypocrite,' because I regularly listen to Gospel- & Christian-Music on Daystar & FUZE TV. The main reason I do that is to ("subconsciously," at least) 'be equally yoked' with my brothers-&-sisters who are also "flooded" by the fairy-tales of Christianity---they have to 'carry the load of myth' as they tread across the landscape of reality, so I trudge along with them (perhaps showing them the right way to 'let the myth flow past'). The other day I had a realization while I was listening to a Gospel Quartet singing about how they are 'on their way to Heaven ... see us when you get there, etc.'---echoing the popular belief that Heaven is 'some land in an alternate dimension that'll beam-you-up when your body stops living.' I don't believe that, but I see why people do believe that way ... "I don't want you to miss me when I'm gone, but I don't want you to wish I were dead." Maybe 'I don't want you to fear death,' but (since the best way to instruct people is 'provide a good example for them to follow') that's really secondary to "I don't fear death." I come to the conclusion that 'prayers' and 'believing Heaven a place where the spirit goes' are both variations of the human-instinct to "do anything" when there's really nothing you can do. We wanna feel like death (with the funeral, wake, burial, memorials, etc.) is 'the finishing piece of the puzzle of life.' When loved ones are dead & laid-to-rest, it's like we've found the edge-pieces and put them in place so we can look for the inner pieces & start putting them together. When a friend is going through something we can't affect in any way, we feel like we're taking back control when we announce that we have "an in" with the being who decides the final outcome (regardless of 'the education/expertise of the doctors/test-takers' or 'the previous choices of the person now battling the disease their bad choices brought').
We all try to explain what we don´t know in our own way. Your post is your way, BTW. I don´t believe in God, I would say (if something has to be said) that we are all sons of God. But when a big earthquake starts where I live, I run to the garden yelling a Hail Mary Do I believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus will help me in any way? By all means NO! Still, my upbringing comes out. Of course, if there was a God so centered in us human beings (instead of having bigger jobs such as the universe and beyond), he would know. No need to pray. HE did not listen when I prayed to find my necklace when I was 5 years old. I was on my knees for the longest time praying
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
That's why I lean toward the Gnostic mythos, which (Religious Tolerance tells us) understand that The Supreme God is actually not Jehovah/Yahweh, but is actually YHWH's grandfather (creator of the Aeon Sophia who created YHWH, who 'begat' the heavens). I don't think they actually think that's what happened, rather they know that 'that story' is a good way to set your mind at ease when you start wondering about 'creation of things before anything was created.'