I have rebelled against "organized religion" even back before teen-age times, because...
(More from Emmet Fox's classic The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in Life.)
"Glimpsing one tiny corner of the universe, and that with only half-opened eyes, and working from an exclusively anthropocentric and geocentric point of view, men built up absurd and very horrible fables about a limited and man-like God who conducted his universe very much as a rather ignorant and barbarous prince might conduct the affairs of a small Oriental kingdom.
All sorts of human weaknesses, such as vanity, fickleness, and spite, were attributed to this being.
Then a farfetched and very inconsistent legend was built up concerning original sin, vicarious blood atonement, infinite punishment for finite transgressions; and, in certain cases, an unutterably horrible doctrine of predestination to eternal torment, or eternal bliss, was added.
As Dr. Fox points out, "No such theory as this is taught in the Bible." But that's the message I got. You? Where'd that come from...?
What bugs me about that— and it's now a very small NOT really annoying little gnat— is that's one thing that kept me away & apart from having a "Spiritual Experience" until now. I SO fully & completely appreciate, "GOD as we understand Him." So much room FOR ME to play— develop & grow as a human-siritual being— there.
Please, let me know what you think & feel in the Comments box...
I appreciate you!