Consecutive Days Riding: 64 Consecutive Days Blogging: 65
Today’s Mileage: 10 Total Trip Mileage: 562
As I ride the bike this morning I think about the candles burning around the world in temples and churches in celebration. As I mentioned yesterday, for me, light and fire are symbolic of the divine. They provide us with guidance against ignorance. They offer warmth against a cold inhumane world. They have the ability to purify and cleanse, helping heal our wounds. Of course during this time of joy and celebration one does not have to look far to see sad scenes of death and destruction, abuse and hunger, of intolerance and hatred.
“And so it is that most of those who have chosen to follow The Messiah on The Narrow Way have had to “forsake their natural father, mother, brothers, sisters” and all others who will not follow The Messiah, because they “love this wicked world and their own life in and of it. What is declared to be “religion” today is truly the devil’s playground. Hope is there would be those who take heed unto The Call of The Only True G-D to “Come Out of her, MY people”!
“I too believe in truth, but we seem to believe in very different truths! In my view the divine is large enough to embrace and love both of us! I choose to accept this “wide way,” if you choose to follow “the narrow way” then that is your choice. A student once asked me why it was that every semester it seemed there was always someone who was trying to “save me.” I just smiled and said: “They are just doing what they need to do to be the Christian they have chosen to be!” I am doing what I need to be doing (teaching, artwork, and blogging) to be the loving, spiritual person I have chosen to be! I appreciate that you visited my blog and took the time to respond to it! I wish you well on your journey… I will hold you in my prayers… as I hope you will hold me in yours. Have a wonderful and happy holiday.
This morning I received a response from him. Again he quoted scripture, and directed ridicule at all of us “who do not follow the true G-D.” I followed his comments back to his own blog. I found that his statements to me were nothing more than a copy of the ramblings that filled his blog. Rants against the world at large, organized religion, and non-believers.
It is no wonder that this person’s comments appeared in the spam space of my blog? They remind me of the individuals who stand on a street corner and cry out their condemnation of “passing sinner” without any knowledge of these individuals’ beliefs, virtuous actions or their relationship with the divine. I suspect they view the negative reactions of the passing “sinners” not as feedback, but simply as sign of their righteousness.
It has been my experience that when some religious individuals embrace negative feedback or criticism, they often do not accept it as corrective feedback. Instead they exhibit an attitude of self-righteousness. They view the criticism as a sign they are on the right path. Any criticism or challenging feedback is ignored or ridiculed. This response may lead them on a course fraught with dangerous consequences for their family, friends and society.
I have featured sunsets on today’s posting as they too are symbolic. They symbolize the end of a day and approaching darkness. However, with their brillent colors they also plant the seeds for a new day, for a dawning and return of light. I receive criticism and feedback as gifts with open arms, as long as the other person is willing to: try to listen, try to understand and looks for common ground. Let us hope that our churches, communities, nations and our world will see the sun set on divisive ideas and emotions which serve only to create schisms between us and them, between the natural and the spiritual worlds, between individuals and the divine.
A special thanks to the photographers associated with Panramio for the beautiful scenes from along the roadside.