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The first thing I thought when I saw the photo was how beautiful it was, the magnificence of the sunrise up against the silhouettes of a human kneeling at the foot of a cross.
Humans connect with each other through symbols and archetypes, and most people would recognize these symbols as those of the religion of Christianity. The sunrise could be wordplay on son rise, which is what the religion is based upon: an earthly son of the one god rising from the dead after being crucified by a divine plan by god to have the son die as an innocent that has taken on the sins of all humans, past, present, and future. In order to be one of the few chosen when the innocent, now-divine son returns, each individual must drop to their knees and admit they are born to sin and acknowledge their complicity in the murder of the innocent son, who died all of those years ago to save us.
Oh my, what an intricate meme to keep us feeling guilty and unworthy of even being alive!
Christianity is the religion I was brought up with, so I know its myth/meme best. There are many many religions across the globe, and I would bet a large sum of money that each one of them has its own story that rationalizes and tries to make sense of its belief system. Logically speaking, my mind rebels at the idea that only one of them is “right” and that by virtue of choosing the one right one, the rest of them are wrong. My mind also rebels at the idea that if I “choose wrong” I’m certain of a punishment by the right God for all of eternity.
In the Bible it says that “man was created in God’s image.” Are humans so arrogant that they believe they could be anywhere similar to God in appearance?
Religion is a way for a human to forge a common language with which to commune with God and with which to form a community to support each other. Depending on when and where the need for a group of humans to do it will determine what shape God and the means to communicate with God will take. For example, in a desert region, it will shape around the sun and the rain, as too much sun and too little rain means death.
There is no doubt in my mind that a God or Gods exist, but my human mind cannot comprehend the scope of God(s.) One thing about world religions that seems consistent is that faith is a component of it. Faith in God(s.) Which one is the true religion? My thought is that there is not one true religion – other than faith.
Believe as you will, but do no harm.
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