My First Religious Experiences

The Joy Bus

My earliest recollection of contemplating the nature of God was around the age of six or seven. As a family we did not attend church at the time. The neighborhood kids I played with were all Catholic and were taken to church regularly. I heard much about God and church and in a way, longed to be part of that group. In those days there was less fear of letting your child roam the neighborhood unsupervised, and I rode my bicycle constantly visiting others and just for the joy of…

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The Five Pillars of Islam

Muslims in prayer

The Five Pillars of Islam are the basics of the Religious tenets of all Muslims that are faithful to the religion. The first is belief. The rest are works or actions designed to make one’s life acceptable to God, or Allah as called in Arabic. 1. There is no god except Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah 2. Prayer is to be offered five times a day. 1. between dawn and sunrise 2. between midday and mid-afternoon 3. between mid-afternoon and sunset 4. after sunset 5. between nightfall and…

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Who is God?

Who is God Graphic

I once heard a Buddhist monk say the following: “God is shorthand for talking about everything all at once” Dairyu Michael Wenger consider the following: God sustains us, therefore God is the air we breath God is the ocean that brings the rain God is mountains we find so beautiful God is valleys where we grow our food. God is rain that waters our crops God is sunshine that warms our faces God is procreation that gives us family God is death that recycles life God is lightning that electrifies…

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In God We Trust? | E Pluribus Unum? which should be the US Motto?

IN GOD WE TRUST OR E PLURIBUS UNUM

The House of Representatives is putting forth a resolution reaffirming the US motto “In God We Trust”. Although probably not the author’s intent, if you don’t agree with the sentiment, this resolution is divisive. It is probably understood by the authors of the resolution that the “God” they reference is the God of Christianity, maybe with a token nod to other monotheistic religions. The myopic discarding of the beliefs of all citizens that are not monotheists is a travesty by representatives of the modern USA. A better, more unifying motto…

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Believing in the Unseen | its not what you think

Candle with Orange smoke

One day while at work, a cow-worker, David, walks into my office. He is very excited to share some news with me. “Brian, I’m so happy today, I finally hired myself a personal assistant!” “Congratulations” I say, “I’d love to meet your new assistant sometime” David replies a little dejected “What do you mean? I brought him in with me.  Brian, meet John, my new assistant” I look up, but all I see is David. “Uhh, I’m sorry” I stutter, “I don’t see John in here”. Reinvigorated, David says “Sure…

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Childlike Reasoning

Universe in His hands

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11 At the tender age of 6, I had obtained a concept of God that was essentially – God is everywhere, and yet he dwells within us. This was very hard for my little mind to grasp. One day while walking down the street, contemplating God, I came up with a solution to the confusion that allowed…

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