Holy Moly!

“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.”
George Burns.

At our core, we are all the same.  However, when it comes to religion, an illusion exists to suggest we are all different.  While pondering religion, the more I thought about it, the more I wondered, what exactly is Religion anyway?

According to Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1913, Religion is the outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety.

Holy Moly!!  Those are a lot of definitions for just one word.

(According to Urban Dictionary, Holy Moly is a variation on the Mexican “Mole” sauce. The phrase was coined to describe a Mole sauce which was so purely hot that it cleansed not only your bowels but your soul as well.)

When you think of it, different religions and religious institutions have evolved from different people having completely different needs, goals and experiences.  Some people have created a variety of religions and religious institutions based on someone who was visited by a non-physical being.  Other people have created a variety of religions and religious institutions around one or more spiritual teachers and prophets who spoke of God and saw visions of the future.  At the same time, some religions and their institutions have been designed by people to address a whole host of differing social or political views and objectives.  Some of us have been attracted to a religion because it seemed to call to us while many have simply stayed with whatever religion we happened to be born into.

Holy Moly!  What if everyone is right?

The thing about spirituality is that it’s very personal.  Based on my conversations with family, friends and acquaintances, the way I personally experience spirituality is vastly different than the way they experience it.  Regardless, we all consider ourselves to be spiritual.

We are all divine beings at heart, in the most literal sense.  At the core of every human burns the very same divine flame.  It’s all one flame!

Physicist and Author, Thomas Campbell is brilliant at explaining how the spirit world works.  He defines the world of spirit as ‘the greater reality’ and says that it is like a personal computer.  The world of spirit provides everyone with a unique spiritual experience that is customized to match their own personal belief systems.  This makes total sense.  If you were raised a Christian but a wildly colourful Buddhist deity showed up in your dreams and visions, you might think it’s a nightmare, not the sacred spirit that it really is.  In contrast, as a Christian, if Mother Mary appeared to you, chances are very good that you would pay close attention and follow her advice.

 When we rise above judgement and come from a place of love and forgiveness, we shine as the truly divine beings that we really are.  We may be a little corroded on the outside, but everyone is divine at heart.  Besides, variety is the spice of life!