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nearer to "truth".

maybe the 'truth' is that there is no one truth, but as many as there are perceivers.

i like the vulnerability of this diary, Lily.

wasn't the church open to reincarnation until some council or other, way back in the early part of the last millennium?

i don't see the need for any conflict between jesus' teachings and the concept of reincarnation at all.

but i do see an unhealthy power taken by the church in denying it, making the fear of retribution more intense, as eastern religions posit one has eternity to pay off one's karma, as many lives as it takes to become enlightened, and let go of sorrow.

you can't fear-manipulate people so easily with that eternity clause, because there is always possibility for redemption by climbing out of where one finds oneself, that's empowering.

the church's intransigency in denying souls to animals, preaching hell for unbaptised infants or unshriven dyings, and affirming its patented exclusive DRM type control over the rights to salvation are all insultingly stupid doctrines, as if they only wanted uncritical thinkers in the fold.

of course there are many very advanced intellects and souls in the church as well, such as two jesuit astronomers i enjoyed a fantastic podcast of recently.

http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/2010/asteroids/

in fact i had no idea the vatican had an observatory and was so deep into astronomy, even that the U. of Arizona has an astro research centre run by the vatican.

it's the dogma that holds back the church in the past, the (ridiculous) certainties, baldly expressed without reservations, without humility...

i think jesus would want us to make up our own minds, and not just be told what to believe. the church has become a political organisation, built on hierarchy and unquestioning obedience.

both of which have no place in modern progressive thinking, imho.

They are taste, courage, individuality, and irreverence. These are the qualities I want to retain in my music." ~Stan Getz~

irreverence is an important feature of free thought, and yet the church seems blindly uncognizant of this.

until a priest can move my emotions like stan getz does, i know whom to believe...

reincarnation is a satisfying answer to many mysteries, it is a shame to have it denied to one by anyone who claims higher knowledge. they have no proof after all.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Apr 19th, 2010 at 02:58:49 PM EST
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