Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Great Injustice

It is a great injustice for any religion to make someone fear God. 

          I wholeheartedly agree with Hafiz. God should be a source of great comfort. My own version of God does not include fear, but does include respect. Still, the adjective I'd subscribe to him is comforting. Take the words of Kahlil Gibran from The Prophet, as he spoke On Religion:

"Is not religion all deeds and all reflection...

Who can separate his faith from his actions, 
or his belief from his occupations?

Who can spread his hours before him, saying, 
"This for God and this for myself; 
This for my soul, and this other for my body?"
All your hours are wings that beat through space from self to self...

And he to whom worshipping is a window, to open but also to shut, 
has not yet visited the house of his soul, whose windows are from dawn to dawn.

Your daily life is your temple and your religion.
Whenever you enter into it take with you your all.

And if you would know God be not therefore a solver of riddles.
Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children.
And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud,
And look outward, you shall see Him smiling in flowers, 
then rising and waving His hands in trees." 

East to West (2007), Casting Crowns

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