Originally posted by HonestBrother:
The funny thing is I felt very uncomfortable in the Buddhist environment. I can't explain exactly why except to say there is probably something of a cultural disconnect. Even now, I occasionally attend meditation sessions. It's something I should do a lot more often because it seems to always have a great and immediate impact ... which is far more effective for me in a group setting.
It was about the same time I discovered Buddhism that I also began regularly attending a Unitarian Universalist church.
I eventually joined.
Culturally it was much more familiar, given that UU services and congregational practices are for the most part mainline Protestant in form.
And I'm basically a Protestant despite myself.
In theory, I love Unitarianism. The intellectual freedom and willingness to experiment, combined with the respect for more traditional religious expression, was very attractive.
This was also a period of great involvement for me. I served on several church committees including sunday services and social justice. Through sunday services and religious education, I became something of a frequent speaker. And through social justice, I became involved with organizations throughout the area.
In many ways I felt like I had found a home. It was a great deal of fun for awhile.
I even briefly considered going to divinity school and into UU ministry.
There were other factors.
Though there are a handful of African American congregations, Unitarian Universalism is a predominately white religious movement. Though I find its principles extremely appealing, the sociology of its congregations is another matter altogether.
I won't go into detail. But at a certain level, Unitarianism did not connect with me as a black man. In some ways, it was even anti-thetical to me as a black man ... though it felt like home intellectually. Which is really funny because in many ways I feel at home emotionally in a black Baptist service .. but intellectually completely turned off.
Mathematician. Ex-charismatic. Black man. I still have my leatherbound Bible. I still have my lotus seed prayers beads and Buddhist iconography framed on my walls. Black man. I still think about becoming actively involved in a Buddhist group. And I miss the UU lay pulpit. That was fun.
Maybe I really do have a calling from God? ...
But I'm still seeking a religious home.
It's funny that you say that HonestBrother...
I was just thinking about that early this yesterday and early this morning, with regard to you. What made me think about that was something I was working on with my friend who's completing the thesis.
We were talking about my belief that God actually wants Man to figure out His timing, meaning God's sense of what one day is....in the mathematical sense. We were discussing the fact that there is much discrepency about what is believed to be the real age of the earth.
Some science has suggested that the world is many billions of years old, while some take the literal translation sense that the world is only 6-7K years old. I know the latter reasoning is because of the recent discovery that the earth may have actually dealt with accelerated radioactive decay, rather than the previously assumed constant state of radioactive decay that helped to form the earth...
You can see this link for more information about that: The Rate Group: Radioactivity and the Age of The Earth
I have been researching many sites regarding the clarification of the age of the earth, as well as looking at why the scientific community stands by the previously laid out assumption that the current radioactive dating method is the real deal, knowing that the radioactive decay model is faulty in that we can not actually test this anywhere.
In any event, I think it is good to look at both sides of the "age" debate and try to determine the age of the earth, of the first man (African), and the first animals. If we can truly do that accurately, Man can "figure out" God's Timing
, given that God gave us a model of His timing in Genesis.
I know that God wanted Man to know otherwise He would not have created scientists and mathematicians and artists, giving us all the KnowLedge to "figure it out"...
Revelations says that the KnowLedgeAble Man will be able to figure it all out...
So, I've been discussing this issue and others at length with others, like MySelf, who bother to ask questions and seek answers.
For instance, I stated before that I had non-traditional beliefs about the nature of God, creation and some of God's goals. I was talking with my friend (thesis friend) about the premise that I believe that God had a wife...not Jesus, but God. There are many reasons for my belief, with one being why would God create Man in His likeness and give him what God Himself did not have or at least have the ability to have?
In addition, when you read Genesis and Revelations, there are various constructs that allude to the fact that yes, God may have, in fact, had a wife....especially when you consider that He states in Revelations that He will not allow marriage in the New Heaven and the New Earth. Why would God say that marriage would no longer be allowed if He did not believe that marriage would not ultimately be beneficial? It seems that most Men that I know, who've been divorced (and badly at that) swear they will never get married again....so I have to wonder about this construct.
We already know He had a kid...and Mary wasn't that kid's first mother...lol, hence the Woman protected in the desert and the child snatched up into the Heavens (Revelations).
Sort of like Lilith, Adam and Eve in the Garden, huh??? hahahaha!
There is much more to my belief and others, but that is all I am going to say about that for now.
But before I go, this morning, I was looking at a site (and I am still looking at this site) regarding Creationism and the premise of Creationism Science...I think it is an interesting read for those who have a good scientific, mathematical and artistic background.
For You: Creation Science FAQ
I've come across several other sites like this that attempt to study Creation Science objectively (WITHOUT trying to tie the creation of the Earth to God) believe it or not...we'll see how that one pans out...
There is more to the Words we've been given and this is why I started what I did....
I will try to post a thread that leads one to the "Lost Books" of the Bible...I was tripped out because I actually found a lost book of Judas today!!! TRIPPED OUT! I will post that in my blog..."Wisdom Is A Woman Who Tells (and thinks)!"