Once upon a time, religious stuff was all you would have found on this web site. Many people spend their whole lives studying and writing in order to convince other people (and perhaps themselves) what they believe is true. I used to be one of those people so I know the type well. It used to be I thought heaven would be populated very sparsely. Yet as I studied and learned and discovered, I came to the realization that much of what I thought was true did not stand up under real scrutiny. It was not consistent, it was not historically accurate, it was not scientifically sound. So I began a search for what is real.
That search is a journey and it is the process that gives us meaning, not the end result, if such a thing even exists. When we think we have arrived at 'ultimate truth' we stop moving and die, spiritually and mentally. We cease to question, we stop looking and growing. We become dull, stagnate, overbearing religious fanatics who think it is their mission in life to educate the lost masses that they have all truth and everyone else should agree with them. What they end up with is a religious order that consists only of themselves and many people cut themselves off from family and friends (and life!) because of such attitudes. Or, if they are gifted leaders, they can start a cult around their belief.
None of us have a corner on the market of truth. None of us know everything, we don't have all the evidence necessary to make claims for 'absolute truth. If we did, we'd be God! We know that we learned what we know now over time and if we continue, we will learn and change more. Everyone else is doing the same thing. If we had more patience with others and were more honest with our own limitations there would be a lot more love in this world.
Ultimately, religious ideas are secondary. It is life that counts. The question at judgement is not "how many people did you bring with you?" (i.e. how many people did you con into believing you alone know the way to heaven), but "how many people were you a blessing to, how many did you serve along your journey, who was lifted up by their contact with you?" That journey is life and it should consist of much more than religious study. Life is meant to be lived and we should enjoy it. Don't try to force others to walk in your footsteps, just enjoy their company for as long as it lasts.
With that in mind, I place these articles here for our edification. They are a product of my journey. You may find them valuable, you may not. You may agree, you may not. Some of the ideas I don't even agree with any more but I leave them there because some have found them interesting. If you read them and they cause you to think, and perhaps challenge some of your assumptions, they will have achieved their purpose. So let us journey together for a short time....