Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Rabbi?! Oh, Really?

I'm beginning to feel like an old rabbi, endlessly arguing fine points of sacred scriptures;
The internet and my rejection of patriarchy has freed me from many strictures.
It's like I have the ancient library of Alexandria in my restlessly seeking hands;
Is this (as many believe) the devil's work, or is my seeking part of God's plan?

I believe The Almighty Aum hasn't changed with the times or the seasons.
I also believe that The Manifestations change with our ability to reason.
There are still many who accuse me of arguing over mere picky semantics;
For these people, believing we understand the original scriptures does the trick.

I do believe that since the dawn of creation, humans are the only creatures who have known
That searching for how we're made in the image of The Almighty is how our souls are grown.
But we forget that some words and some precise meanings are lost when words are translated;
Until we can understand them exactly, they should be neither wholly accepted nor negated.

We seem to vacillate wildly between hiding from our missteps and taking all blame;
The need to feel like we control Creation leads to nothing, long-term, but shame.
Our shame then prompts us to clean up or hide our perceived messes
Before The Great One smites us for any of our fallible, naive guesses.

How much more peace-promoting would it be to believe that we are born good,
And that the Great Light shining in each of us is simply covered by a bodily hood?
We would look into each others eyes and we'd honestly touch their Immortal souls
Instead of turning from their pain in shame, our souls' bond would help to make them whole.

If we felt intrinsically cherished, we would learn to gently examine our mistakes,
And we would share the lessons that we've learned, for all of humankind's sakes.
We would truly be interested in camaraderie rather than in competition,
But we must stop believing that controlling Grace is a worthy life's mission.


  1. This line describes many of the worries of some on this earth:

    Before The Great One smites us for any of our fallible, naive guesses.

    I never argue scripture. If Holy Scripture was so obvious, there would not be so many different interpretations and religious entities. Some interpretations are GUESSES.

    No human can think/imagine/know/be, AS OUR GOD!

    I am concerned about Me, and I will gladly share with those who inquire. But I feel(agree) like the Apostle, 'Let every man work out his own salvation with fear and trembling.'

  2. I think the question here is whether we believe that all of us are born in sin and are therefore totally depraved from the beginning of our life or whether there is some spark of divinity left in us that makes us worthy of escaping judgment without any help from outside ourselves. My understanding is that ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God, therefore are under the sentence of death and are helpless to do anything about it. We cannot think enough good thoughts, we cannot do enough good deeds, or any other thing from within our human selves that will save us and give us eternal life. Education will not do it. Social reformation will not suffice. Philanthropy cannot buy us out of condemnaation. That's why "God so loved the world that he sent His only begotten son" to die for our sins and said that whosever will accept the price He paid with His dying on Calvary's cross would receive everlasting life. You see, "Without faith it is impossible to please God." Hebrews 6