Thursday, September 8, 2011

Contemplations of Faith

This morning I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Prairie Hen, and looking over her beautiful new tattoo, when I noticed a bible verse she had posted. Now anyone who knows me knows I have never read the bible nor do I consider myself a Christian or follower of Jesus. The closest teachings to those in my own heart are those of Buddha. I have never really tried to explain my beliefs. But this bible verse prompted me to do some contemplating.

Luke 12:22-27
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 
23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 
24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them.
27 Look at the lilies and how they grow."

For a while now I have been considering the perfection of the Earth and the connection there to god. The Earth works so perfectly, all by itself. Our society has, at some point, decided that we are the conquerors of nature, but in truth we are products of it, just taking part in its majesty. I know I am sounding a little Tree Hugger right now! But people have always searched for a God that is perfect, that creates life and takes life, that takes care of us, that has a plan. I see all of this in our planet, our universe, the workings of nature.
This bible selection made me think of that even more this morning. Even the bible points out that nature takes care of itself. We worry so much about having necessities, about living.
I realize that the bible attributes this to "God," but isn't that just a word, a label, a name? I could call Earth "God" and it would have a lot of the same attributes.
I'm not saying I believe anything one way or another. I wouldn't dream of saying I had anything in this world figured out. I'm just saying... think about it.
Anyone here read any Daniel Quinn?
Thoughts, anyone?

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