Though I’m technically Episcopalian (Anglican) I follow no religion , since I do believe that once man decided there was a Creator , he decided on ways to explain / exploit it , not necessarily with the purest of motives.
So , he crafted religion out of existing mythology and some history , and based on the social mores of the time.
It was soon obvious that because of fear of the unknown , especially in perilous times, religion had the potential to exercise power over the masses.
Of course , any study of actual history will show us how monarchs and church leaders through the centuries used religion to control and manipulate the people.
Having said that I think spirituality is an indispensable part of a person’s make-up, since it also provides a moral compass.
And , don’t get me wrong , I can admit that in many instances religious institutions have benefited society , many perform charitable functions , educating the young and providing a source of spiritual and moral guidance and enlightenment.
But I see myself as a spiritual being, and my spirituality is simple .
I believe in the existence of the Creator, since the alternative is creation out of chaos .
I do not have to try very hard to see evidence of the Creator’s power and glory , its all around me.
I also happen to believe that the Christ was the Creator’s messenger and I try to follow the teachings .
I base this belief entirely of my reading of the actual teachings of the Christ ( especially the Beatitudes) , its beauty and purity , and aspire to live by them , though one can only aspire , with varying degrees of success.
I certainly do not get bogged down in questions about his divinity , date of birth etc.
That’s where religion comes in , and why I find it irrelevant.
The importance of the Christ to me is really in the message.
And I definitely do not call myself “Christian” since I find that I have little in common with so many that do.
Because the message of the Christ is not theoretical.
Look at many so called Christians ; they attend church , raise their hands in the air , shout Hallelujah and mumble in tongues.
But , look around, there is a lot of injustice out there ; are they really living up to the words of the Gospel they claim to follow ?
Over the years , I’ve found that in times of distress my prayers have always been answered , for which I’m humble and thankful.
Far be it for me to argue with anyone about their religion , or spiritual choices ; everyone has the right to chose his own beliefs.
And I definitely would not proselytize.
But my belief system works for me.
So my religious friends , please let me be.