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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Is Abortion Right or Wrong?

If you want to know what changed my mind about the rightful place of abortion clinics, it is the touching story of a woman who found herself in a position of having to choose whether or not to keep her baby.

While still in University, the young woman found herself pregnant and feeling completely unprepared for motherhood. She struggled within herself, but finally decided she would have an abortion.

Several years went by and her circumstances changed. She found herself in a loving situation and chose to become pregnant again. Once the baby arrived, she realized it was the very same soul that was aborted earlier. The baby had simply delayed her arrival and was perfectly at ease with the mom’s decision to abort, seeming to understand at a “soul” level the reasons her mom made the difficult choice she did.

The story emphasized to me the “healing” nature of the second pregnancy. The lesson in this for me was the inappropriateness of judging someone’s motives for choosing to terminate a pregnancy.

Visit "Phoenix of Faith" to learn more about the author's memoir.

Fear-Based Belief of Armageddon is a Lie

Is Armageddon "real"?

Fear is not a motivator. Rather, fear is paralyzing. The religious teaching of wicked people being destroyed at Armageddon (god's war) is a serious lie that flies in the face of love.
In the summer, we traveled fifty miles to Winnipeg for religious conventions with the "paradise people." Ever since I was old enough to remember, my mom and dad, brothers, and I climbed into the front seat of our 1951 Chevrolet pickup truck and off we went to the big city of Winnipeg. At first, I liked going because we saw people we knew. But, by the time I began to understand what was going on, it became less and less entertaining, as we heard talks about the impending Armageddon. The world was going to end. God was going to destroy all the wicked people on earth. Now, because we went to meetings and conventions, we would know what to do to survive this terrible tribulation because we weren't wicked. After all, we went to meetings and conventions. And, after we cleaned up the dead bodies and destruction, we would live happily ever after, in Paradise.
While we traveled to Winnipeg, Dad reminded us about the message we could anticipate hearing, "You know, we will be learning more about the paradise and how we could get to live there. But first, we will have to survive Armageddon. Everyone wicked is going to be destroyed. There will be dead bodies spread from one end of the earth to another. We will have to clean it up. Then we would live in paradise."
I became frightened. I didn't know how to clean up dead bodies and I didn't want to do that kind of work.
Daddy continued, "That's why if we are good workers now, before Armageddon, God can use us afterwards, to help make the paradise. So, when I ask you to do something, remember that God is watching to see how obedient you are. If you are obedient, you will get to live in paradise."
~ Excerpt from "Phoenix of Faith"
Death at Armageddon at the hands of god is a real teaching of the Jehovah's Witnesses religion. As a child, it terrorized me.
Now, as an adult, I realize that if god really loved humanity, he wouldn't threaten them with death for disobedience, in the same fashion as our fleshly fathers, as this example testifies. Parents would do well to appreciate that terrifying your children into submission are not healthy teaching moments. In fact, the above example was frightening and abusive.
It wasn't just my father that taught this. It is in the Jehovah's Witnesses publications and this teaching is also spoken verbally from their Kingdom Hall platforms.

Visit "Phoenix of Faith" 
to learn more about the author's memoir.

Did Jesus Really Die for Me?

The Orthodox Christian God Jehovah (YHWH) is a father who is actually proud that he contracted his son’s death for 30 pieces of silver; then, for the rest of our human lives we are beholden via guilt to worship this vile god. Humans are threatened by fear and death to obey a god who made abusive demands on his son and continues to make similar disrespectful demands on any followers. This god then compels by threat of death, insisting that we owe our life, our gratitude to him for offering this blood sacrifice.
A blood sacrifice, in my estimation is “of the dark” rather than the light. Does not the Bible itself say, “Do not be owing any one a single thing; except to love one another”? So, why do we "owe" obedience? Why accept the guilt and fear of displeasing a god who insists on a blood sacrifice to be his follower? Maybe such a god is really a devil wearing the mask of love.
The Bible also warns its readers, “By their fruits you will recognize these men” — or gods.
An ancient group known as the Gnostic Christians, on the other hand, believe that Jesus survived the crucifixion and went on to raise a family with his beloved wife, Mary Magdalene. The Gnostic gospels say that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were healers who shared their gifts with the people of their day. The Gnostic Jesus sounds like an “empowered” Jesus, rather than a “victim” Jesus. People need to feel empowered rather than victimized. IF a leader is self-empowered and self-directed, then his followers also can likewise feel self-empowered and self-directed. Sadly, self-empowerment rarely happens because egos will get in the way. Better still, we can follow our own internal guidance, rather than some self-described leader.
Jehovah of the Bible sounds eerily similar to the blood sacrifices demanded by Mohammed or Allah or any other gods who teach the hell-fire or Armageddon doctrines. Each of these religions are "punishing" belief systems.

Visit "Phoenix of Faith" to learn more about the author's memoir.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Dichotomy of Religion

Oh *sigh* I suppose this is what can happen when Mercury is in retrograde:

When I left religion
I sacrificed my beloved children
On the altar
Of religion.

I left and they stayed.
Now I’m shunned.
Abandoned by their love.
Yet, I am free
From religion.

But religion turned our hearts to stone.

I am free — but for religion.
I miss my kids.
While happy memories of my children
In my albums
Remain close to my heart.
I live a new life
Free of religion

But for religion
Who turns hearts to stone.

Religion teaches that its okay
To shred family bonds
In the name of god.
But our hearts have turned to stone.

Yet stones are living beings
With beating hearts.
What does it take for a heart
To beat?

Pick up a stone
And feel its heartbeat.
It has one.
I know.
A stone is filled with love
And a lesson.
On how to have a living heart
Of love.

Stones warm themselves
In the sun.
Their hearts beat strong.
They are sure of their place
In the world
Oh to be a stone
In the heart of my children.

If my children have hearts of stone.
There is hope.
The stones I know
Have beating hearts
Filled with love.

And the stones I know speak volumes.

Visit "Phoenix of Faith" to learn more about the author's memoir.