To: Our Children of Earth
Re: Idiotic Religious Rivalries
Dear Children (and believe us, that’s all of you), We consider
ourselves pretty patient folks. For instance, look at the Grand Canyon. It took
millions of years to get it right. And about evolution? Boy, nothing is slower
than designing that whole Darwinian thing to take place, cell by cell, and
gene by gene.
We’ve been patient through your fashions, civilizations, wars and
schemes, and the countless ways you take Us for granted until you get yourselves
into big trouble again and again.
We want to let you know about some of the things that are starting
to tick Us off. First of all, your religious rivalries are driving Us up a wall.
Enough already! Let’s get one thing straight: These are YOUR religions, not
Ours. We’re the whole enchilada; We’re beyond them all. Every one of your
religions claims there is only one of Us (which by the way, is absolutely true). But in the very next breath, each religion claims it’s Our favorite one. And each claims it’s scriptures were written personally by Us, and that all the other scriptures are man-made. Oy Vey. How do We even begin to put a stop to such complicated nonsense?
Okay, listen up now. We’re your Father AND Mother, and We don’t
play favorites among Our children. Also, We hate to break it to you, but We don’t write. Our longhand is awful and We’ve always been more of “doers” anyway. So ALL of your books, including those Bibles, were written by men and women. They were inspired, remarkable people, but they also made mistakes here and
there. We made sure of that so that you would never trust a written word more than your own living heart. You see, one human being to Us, even a bum on the
street, is worth more than all the Holy Books in the world. That’s just the kind of folks we are.
Our spirit is not a historical thing. It’s alive right here, right
now, as fresh as your next breath. Holy books and religious rites are sacred and
powerful, but not more so than the least of you. They were only meant to steer you in the right direction, not to keep you arguing with each other, and
certainly not to keep you from trusting your own personal connection with Us.
Which brings Us to Our next point about your nonsense. You act like We need
you and your religions to stick up for Us or “win souls” for Our sake. Please,
don’t do Us any favors. We can stand quite well on our own, thank you. We don’t
need you to defend Us, and We don’t need constant credit. We just want you to be
good to each other.
And another thing, We don’t get all worked up over money or politics, so stop
dragging Our names into your dramas. For example, We swear to Us that We never
threatened Oral Roberts. We never rode in any of Rajneesh’s Rolls Royces. We
never told Pat Robertson to run for president, and We’ve never, EVER had a
conversation with Jim Baker, Jerry Falwell, or Jimmy Swaggart! Of course, come
Judgment Day, We certainly intend to…. The thing is, We want you to stop
thinking of religion as some sort of loyalty pledge to Us. The true purpose of
your religions is so that YOU can become more aware of Us, not the other way
around. Believe Us, We know you already. We know what’s in each of your hearts,
and We love you with no strings attached. Lighten up and enjoy Us. That’s what
religion is best for. What you seem to forget is how mysterious We
are. You look
at the petty differences in your Scriptures and say, “Well, if THIS is the
truth, then THAT can’t be!” But instead of trying to figure out Our Paradoxes
and Unfathomable Nature, which by the way, you NEVER will, why not open your
hearts to the simple common threads in all religions.
You know what We’re talking about. Love and respect everyone. Be
kind, even when life is scary or confusing. Take courage and be of good cheer,
for We are always with you. Learn how to be quiet, so you can hear Our still,
(We don’t like to shout).
Leave the world a better place by living your life with dignity and
gracefulness, for you are Our Own Children. Hold back nothing from
life, for the parts of you that can die surely will, and the parts that can’t,
won’t. So don’t worry, be happy. (We stole that last line from Bobby McFerrin.)
Why do you keep making it so complicated? It’s like you’re always looking for an
excuse to be upset. And We’re very tired of being your main excuse. Do you think
We care whether you call Us…. Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, Diana, Wakantonka,
Brahma, Cerridwen, Father, Mother, God, Goddess or even the Void of Nirvana? Do
you think We care which of Our special children you feel closest to, Jesus,
Mary, Buddha, Krishna, Gerald, Mohammed or any of the others? You can call Us
and Our Special Ones any name you choose, if only you would go about Our
business of loving one another as We love you. How can you keep neglecting
something so simple? We’re not telling you to abandon your religions.
Enjoy your religions, honor them, learn from them, just as you should enjoy,
honor, and learn from your parents. But do you walk around telling everyone that
your parents are better than theirs? Your religion, like your parents, may
always have the most special place in your hearts, We don’t mind that at
all. And We don’t want you to combine all the Great Traditions in One Big Mess.
Each religion is unique for a reason. Each has a unique style so that
people can find the best path for themselves. Know that Our Special Children, the ones that your religions revolve around, all live in the same place, (Our heart), and they get along perfectly, We assure you. The clergy must stop creating a myth of sibling rivalry where there is none. Our blessed children of Earth, the world has grown too small for your pervasive religious bigotry and confusion. The whole planet is connected by air travel, satellite dishes, telephones, fax machines, rock concerts, diseases, and mutual needs and concerns.
Get with the program! If you really want to help, then commit yourselves to
figuring out how to feed your hungry, clothe your naked, protect your
abused, and shelter your poor. And just as importantly, make your own
everyday life a shining example of kindness and good humor. We’ve given you all the resources you need, if only you abandon your fear of each other and begin
living, lovingand laughing together.
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust,
~ unknown author~