Do we lose faith in our religions…
or because of our religions?
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Faith and Religion are not synonymous. Maybe they’re direct opposites! Humans seem to be the only species on the Earth “hard-wired” to pursue the truth about themselves and the Universe (that we know about!) Spirituality is part and parcel of our essence. But Cosmic Truths are one thing – and church dogmas (or the “truths” they teach) are another story.
Do we find our Ultimate Answers in a book? Any book?
Do we, or must we, assume that because the clergy (in whatever group you find yourself) teaches it – it must be true?
If those teachings, whatever they may be, come in conflict with your conscience, which do you heed: them, even though you think they’re wrong, or your own Inner Voice?
If you lose your religion, does it necessarily follow that you lose your faith? And if, from a feminist perspective, the dogma you were raised with is in conflict with your true philosophy, does it mean you must abandon faith itself?
On her deathbed, Gloria Steinheim said, “But I don’t know the answers yet!” Then she added, “Wait. I don’t even know the questions!” We may never have the answers! But the questions are many, and I think they should be asked.
This is left to your own interpretation!
I have focused on religious themes this week because religion (from a Feminist perspective) is the theme of the upcoming issue of Pink Panther Magazine in the Pink Panther group, here on the Bubble. If you haven’t visited the group or seen the outstanding e-zine they’re doing there, hope you’ll check it out!
The gravestone was in the photo with the angel. It was not my plan to use it. Then I noticed the dollar sign, or what appears to be a dollar sign, on the front of the cross! Someone’s parting statement – his or her opinion of the Church? I left it in.
(Any symbolism you may see here, is probably not an accident… !)
_A note about the music: this was REM’s most popular song. Probably because so many people can identify!
Credits to the following, at DeviantArt.com:
Woman in the corner – Party Attire by Tw1stedtruthstock
Crouching Demon. – Demon 11 by Tasatock
Angel – Angel Statue by Serpstock
Structure – from Background1 by Frozenstar Ro
Deep Space Background – Plasma Nebula by Moonchilde
Table – Ritual Table by Unholy Stock
Book – Book 3 by FallnStock
Overlay (nature) – Enchanted Forest by Frozenstocks