The Christian religion will be a dead religion and consigned to the dust bin of primitive myth-based beliefs by the middle of this century, I predict. Unless it begins to evolve into more social relevancy, most remnants of the Christian religion will only survive to serve the ends of despots and political manipulators -- much of which has already come to pass.
I'm sorry, but ask yourself this: if humans were to someday find a cure for death, would we even be having this discussion? Most religions are rooted in the fear of dying: loss of self -- nothing more. And, unlike Buddhism, Abrahamic religions don't really offer anything beyond the promise of the preservation of the self in its present form of consciousness. No real re-birth or evolution beyond the material sense of self -- just a continuation of it in some "spiritual realm". How sad and how limiting.
Too many "religious types" are like frightened children at bedtime, so afraid when the lights go off. They cling to the past; to the extinguished light of yesterday which only drags them down further into darkness. But the dawn will come sooner, if only you would just stop thinking so much about it. It's time to move on; make life better in the "here-and-now" so that our children will have a better life to look forward to in this world after we are gone.
And that means our GLBT children as well. All of us, and especially those of you in the "christian" community, have a lot to make up for with them. It's time to get started. Reject all forms of exclusion, no matter what you may personally feel about a particular group. As long as no demonstrable harm is being done to another, then you must allow each of us to live our own lives as we see fit. I am no longer a Christian (although I was raised as a German Lutheran), still I believe that your Jesus (perhaps not the present cultification of him), but, perhaps, a true Messiah would have done that.
The real test of your humanity towards your fellow man or woman is not how well you get along with those who are like you, but how well you receive those who are not. I have no doubt that ol' J.C. would agree with me on that one. Even Buddha, it is claimed, once said: "Be a lamp unto yourself." But that doesn't preclude lighting at least part of the way for others you meet along the road -- as long as you don't force them to follow you on your trail when they may have their own journeys to make along different footpaths.
Still, I am hopeful. I think we can all find commonality, if we only try a little harder to seek it with one another. I think each one of us has been given a single piece of a cosmic jigsaw puzzle - unique unto itself. I believe that the mystery of our existence will never be completely unraveled until we each come together, along different paths if need be, and arrive at a common destination to help each other put the pieces back together again. Somehow, by then, I don't think that we'll be surprise at what we'll find. We may find that, when the puzzle is complete, that it is just a giant looking glass with one image looking back.
Maybe that is what faith is. I can't prove it. I think that it could be true. Or not. But, perhaps, it might be all different tomorrow.
In conclusion, just remember two wise old sayings in Latin:
"Veritas Vos Liberabit" (The Truth Shall Set You Free)
but... "De omnibus dubitandum" (Everything should be questioned)
(c) Bud Evans, 2009 & 2010
[This article was first published 2009 on The Rainfish Chronicles: http://rainfish2000.blogspot.com]