I remember listening to a radio programme a while ago about the Christian religion. It stated that most of what is written about Jesus may well be exaggerated or made up. The gospels were written long after his death & in the tradition of all religous texts the stories are metaphors to illustrate something important – a spiritual truth; but the sermon on the mount, many scholars agree this may be a genuine event and the only thing we can be sure Jesus may have actually said.
Not that this particularly matters, just a bit of geeky knowledge I thought I might share before I go all spiritual on you (:
At the end of the day, any kind of writing can speak to you & help you if you are going through a difficult time or are feeling soulful. If you’re an atheist you may not agree. I don’t have a problem with that. Being an atheist is fine, & if there is a God I’m pretty sure he/she won’t be judging people on what they believe, more on what is in their heart.
I’m not sure what I am, I honestly don’t know if God is real & if God is real what God is. Who does?
I dip into all religions for answers, and when you get to the core, the idea of love is the same.
The sermon on the mount, spoke to me today & feels relevant for how I am feeling just now:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
(I don’t know if there is a God, I do know that this piece of text speaks to me & gave me some hope. We all need hope, like the villain President Snow says in the ‘Hunger Games,’ there is one thing more powerful than fear & that is hope.)
We all need to find some hope and hold onto it like a light in the dark. Like Frodo’s magic star in a jar in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ which became a light for him when all other lights had gone out.