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So - - - OK - instead of racking our brains and exuding one another's intellect.....how's about honing in those parts of "religion" which actually have something in common....................
July 2, 2007
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You know - I really hate it that - as a youngster being perpetually exposed to - since day 1 - to recognize the "difference" in things....I realized that
Elementary school teachers would always hold up something like an apple and an orange and would therefore try to transform our tiny little brains into distinguishing the difference between the two.....rather than the similarities.

True - one is orange and one is red....but are they not both fruits??????

I guess that I have my Depersonalation/DID brain to thank for this - but it just seemed to me that what those 2 things had MOST in common was that they were both fruits. (I was the renegade in my elementary class!....I kind of got used to the "disapproving looks" early on...and as you could well imagine - "flunked.")

I just didn't buy what they were selling!

Not then - not now!!!!!

I thought to myself - why concentrate on "what is different" when clearly - you can see what each has in common?

I flunked "their course" - but it never deterred me to the real truth.

So, herein, I pose the question of NOT WHAT all religions differ amongst each other - - - -but what they have in common!

To my mind, it is the idea of angels.

Is it not true that all forms of "organized religion" have within them - some sort of angelic presence?????

Can we not - if even for a minute - put our own slant and perspective of religion and all that that entails to the side for just a few seconds...and concentrate all that there seems to be a common denominator??????

Angels.

Hmmmmm.

Thoughts anyone?

July 2, 2007
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The Golden Rule?

July 2, 2007
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Great idea for a post!

There is usually a creation story, there is usually a way to explain "how we got here" and the religion itself offers a guide of how to relate to one another, and nature, while we are here. I can't think of any that don't.

July 2, 2007
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What about an after life? Don't all religions have some way of explaining what happens after you die? A spiritual answer to the life cycle.

July 2, 2007
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It seems to me that all religions try to answer the Terrible Questions. What is the meaning of life and Is this life all there is?

July 2, 2007
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Many religions have holy symbols, holy days, and holy books/passages, but not all.

July 3, 2007
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tt- the terrible questions! LOL. Did you make that up? I love it.

July 3, 2007
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Teerrible questions comes from my brother. he teaches humanaties at university. I had the idea that he got the idea from some philosopher but he may have made it up himself.

but it's true. All religions are trying to reconcile the idea that bad things happen sometimes. That people die what happens then.

July 5, 2007
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Also, people seem to look for or need to recognize someting or someone bigger than themselves. Ever wonder how the Indians came to believe in the 'Big Spirit'? Is it because they knew something we may not know?

July 5, 2007
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on my way,

Yes, I know what you mean. I am told that places such as the Grand Canyon and Niagra Falls here in the US leave some folks with an incredible sense of awe...something bigger than ourselves largely displayed with such grandeur in front of our very own eyes.

(A therapist I used to see told me that he just sat down and cried for hours when he first saw the Grand Canyon.)

It's my plan to visit both in the hopefully near future.

July 5, 2007
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tBt,
I live near the GC and have never seen it either. Now they have built the glass platform that you can walk out on and look around. But it must be so enormous and beautiful as is Niagra Falls. It does make ya wonder!

July 5, 2007
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OMW,

Do you have any plans to go see it?

Wow - being able to walk out in a glass platform.....that has got to be phenomonal!!!!!!

(I know I lived in South Miami for years and never once made it to the Keys.)

Sometimes there just might be some incredible stuff right in our own back yards - you know??????

July 5, 2007
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tBt,
Yes eventually...with the love of my life...whenever I find him! hee, hee....might be waiting awhile, but thought it would be fun that way.

Funny, I know what you mean. I live in Vegas, and I don't ever go to the shows or the Strip.

July 6, 2007
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I just saw the sunset off key west. sitting in quiet place in a state park. It gave me a great feeling of awe. My brother out of the blue sent me a 50$ check for my birthday. another feeling of overwhelming awe that I have someone who out of the blue does something nice just because.

July 6, 2007
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When I went to school in Arizona for a year, I took a trip up to the Grand Canyon. It is so beautiful, it doesn't look real- it looks like a painting.

Then again, Arizona is an amazingly beautiful state. Most sunsets alone in Arizona are awe inspiring, you don't need the Grand Canyon to be blown away by that place. I was in Tucson most of the time, the skies were like nothing I've ever seen elsewhere.

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