Friday, January 15, 2010
Friday Free For All: What if Jesus was just a lunatic instead of the son of God.
Okay, this may be controversial to some of you, and I'm not saying that's what I believe, but seriously, if someone in this day and age started spouting off about being the next messiah, the son of God himself, he would be committed, right? You know he would. We'd think him insane just like the crazy lady on the bus who talks to herself and slaps her purse, or like the street corner prophet.
So, what if they thought him a lunatic back in the day (okay, I know many DID think this, but what if it were everyone?) It would change religion as we know it. So many people in the world are some form of Christian, be it Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, etc, etc, what would the world be like?
Maybe we would be praising Bob, or Jill, or Fred. Maybe the most popular religion in the world would be based on the earth, or the animals, rainbows, or butterflies. Or perhaps we would worship the giant blazing orb in the sky, praying some day it would find us worthy to absorb us and burn us into ash. There really isn't an answer, is there? Maybe we would have picked up on some of the other religions and pray to Muhammad, or Buddha, or Ra.
What if the majority of us had no religion at all? Would we be living in chaos? Anarchy? After all, laws are created based on what's good and right on the world. What if we didn't have religion to tell us that? Would we still know in our heart how we should live?
I don't know the answers. I'm really not even sure what I believe. I hope there's a higher power. I hope he/she is merciful and forgiving of our simple lack of judgment or innocent errors in life. Maybe even of our larger transgressions if they don't hurt too many.
It gives you something to think about though, doesn't it? Maybe it's time I start listening to the street corner prophets.
And I promised poetry, so here is one I wrote last week.
Heart in shreds
cold autumn nights
tears fall like leaves from a tree.
No fear, no pain
just there clinging
dust on the window.
Run your finger through
make sun tracks
impressions of light.
Warm like summer
luminous and radiant
Wonder and light
wrought with passion
fire and flame.
Like a season
cools by degrees.
Pain like death
heart in shreds.
Song of the Week: The High Road by Broken Bells
Movie of the Week: The Invention of Lies, more about the concept than the funny
Book of the Week: The Unwritten Rule, a cute teenage love story by Elizabeth Scott. I should have a review out on it by next week. Fingers crossed.
Quote of the week: "Do what you are afraid to do." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
My Dad. He's awesome.
John Messina, Personal Injury Attorney