So I’ve been blogging for about a year now, and it’s time to take stock and see what conclusions I’ve come to over that time.
(Spoiler alert- not many.)
I thought that it would be good for me to reflect on this, just so I can know what’s happening with my progression.
Although it’s not a progression, is it? In the same way that evolution isn’t a progression. There’s no working towards a particular goal, with Homo sapiens being the pinnacle. It’s just a slow tramping along; no aim, just the opportunistic progression of life.
(It’s just occurred to me that if I’m trying to approach things from a more theistic sense, then I’d better look further into theistic evolution. I know that it’s possible to embrace the truth of evolution and still believe in a creator – but I’m going to need to refer to better minds than mine to see exactly how it’s done)
Religion is all about ideas. It’s all just conjecture, really. By ‘just ideas’ though, I don’t mean in an atheistic sense. I mean what we are dealing with are intangibles; concepts and suppositions. Maybe that’s why I’m so interested in it all. The worst case scenario is I get to spend my life thinking and discussing, the best case scenario is that I get to spend eternity on a cloud playing a harp ( actually maybe that’s the worst case).
Because there is no ultimate truth that we can be sure of. There’s no definite certainty that one religion has the mandate on righteousness. It’s about acknowledging the concepts that you like and abandoning those that you don’t. Either it’s a question of becoming a fundamentalist and taking the Bible literally, or its a matter of deciding which bits of faith work for you and embracing them.
For me, the ‘best’ outcome would be determining whether God fits into your idea of the Universe and then establishing what exactly that means for you. If you do believe that there is a God, then how does that impact on your life? Does it actually have a bearing on how you live your life at all? Do you see it as an eternal leave pass or as something more pivotal to how you live your life?
Of course, it makes sense to embrace the faith tradition that comes most easily to you – the dominant faith paradigm in your culture. Christianity is the system that resonates most fully with me in a cultural sense. (Ganesha gives me the willies, I hate the whole impermanance of Buddhism, I’m fairly sure that I wouldn’t be a good Muslim woman and I’m crap at meditation so there goes anything with ‘Zen’ in the title). Although I’m not convinced that Jesus was the son of God either which may be a slight hitch on the way to Christian enlightenment…