Some religions use their bibles as if they were some sort of instruction for living life in the grace of God. The words are taken so literally that they in fact, lose meaning. What if the Bible was meant as a guideline not as literal instructions? People are born with certain levels of spiritual awareness (predisposed to culture and gene pools) and then develop according to experience, environment and circumstance. So in knowing this how can the bible be interpreted in one true form? No two people will see the same word or situation in the same way. We are our experiences and defenses. We are, as God intended us to be, each individual. Children of God are not robots all acting in the same manner. My interpretation of God would not desire drones that abide by His laws motivated by guilt and peer pressure. Rather, to follow God is an individual choice and our identities are not to be lost only enhanced by that choice.
So the question still remains… how involved is God in mans life? That should depend upon how much a man chooses to let God in. Although, I believe God to be an all knowing, all loving God I suspect He does not intervene until we ask or accept His help. Until we truly believe that He indeed can help.
I do not believe any religion is a religion of convenience. Praying or meditating only when things are bad and only praising God when something good happens in our lives. It is a choice to follow and worship and truly experience God to open up the mind and soul to ANY possibility.
It seems to me that one of the main ways to sin is to trust and honor that which exists in the material world. Where items of substance are treated with such admiration we lose ourselves and any meaning of existence. Where appearance is held in such high regard that we do not see an individual rather physical aspects of that person.
So is it not our responsibility to learn and experience others? To shut ourselves off from another human being due to a difference in belief or culture would in essence be robbing ourselves of understanding. Avoidance due to appearance, life style or belief instead of asking ourselves what we could learn from or teach this person is a true theft of knowledge. Instead we tend to judge solely upon ignorance and fear. Knowledge in any form breeds intelligence replacing ignorance and prejudice.
I believe God loves all creatures. Some religious organizations with degrading and oppressive messages such as “God Hates Fags” induce thoughts that God is prejudiced against his own creation and is a vengeful creator. God is incapable of hate therefore, loves all. God is love and that love is a part of each one of us. Some chose to selectively interpret Scripture to meet their own small-minded agendas.
So if this country was founded on the principles of Christianity and we have more groups / organizations / religions using malignant slogans, what must their God represent and what purpose does it serve to create hate? Have we really become so jaded as to think God promotes segregation instead of unity? We need to look deep within ourselves to distinguish who is making these decisions and judgments, God or our own egos?