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Okay, Let’s Do This…(Don’t Read this unless you want to be Yourself)

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I have, mostly, stayed away from extremely controversial items and subjects.  Talked about them?  Yes, but I have seldom sought to really hit on things that would, most likely, bring trolls and horrible comments to my blog.  Well, I decided that, after four years or so of blogging, perhaps I should go ahead and speak my mind fairly blatantly.  So, I will start with a clip of Ellen D, one of my own favorite people.  She had to work her way up there in my mind and soul, but she has managed over the years to do just that.  Watch this 4-5 minute clip, then we will do the fireside thing.

http://www.upworthy.com/a-man-deeply-insults-ellens-show-and-her-marriage-now-watch-her-fire-back?c=upw1

Okay, simple clip, simple message – I love those.  Now, let’s see if I can muck it up.

I AM ANGRY!

There.  That’s a good start.  What am I angry about?  Well, mostly, I am so very tired of the “religious” world telling the rest of the world what’s right and what’s wrong – I mostly don’t believe in right or wrong and I know that is enough to get people swinging, but too bad.

I was thinking the other day when I saw a sign at a church which read:

One nation under God – doesn’t that sound nice?

Yes, I think it does.  However, when a church says that, they almost always mean – their God – or, at least, the same God, but under their beliefs as to what is right and wrong.  Certainly, in the church in question here, lesbians would not be considered “under God”.  This is where I start to rankle.  Let’s look at what the following have in common:

Drunks

Wife-beaters

People in Prison

Lesbians

Child Molesters

War Mongers

Motorcycle Gang Members

Drug Users

Porn Stars

People who like BSDM

Devil Worshipers

Now, let’s do the “Jeopardy” theme tune while you think…Dum de dum dum… dum…dum…dum!

Okay, have you got it yet!  The question is:  What are people not welcome in most Christian Churches?

I am not against Christianity.  I am not against churches.  I do have a problem with religion, organized religion, who set people off as good and bad, especially when you are “good” if you go to a Christian church (or Catholic, or Muslim – wow, let’s not go there!).

“One Nation Under God” would be fine if people would just let God do His thing and love us and we love each other.  How would that change this nation?  The world?  Can you imagine if the leader of North Korea honestly called the White House and said, “Hey, I have been acting horrible.  I would like to stop all hostilities and start working on making my country an open, loving place where everyone feels equal and loved!”?  For that matter, can you imagine the White House doing that?

Obviously, all of this did not stem from watching a 4-5 minute clip of Ellen.  But, it has bothered me and I decided that even Trolls are loveable in some way, so here is my attempt at a controversy.  Now, before you slam this post all of you people out there who are not so loving and understanding, let me make two comments:

First, I am not opposed to deleting any horribly said things that are simply there to start an argument or to insult me or my generally wonderful audience.

Two, you should worry that I may NOT delete your comment, but may add my own afterwards, in which case, you may be exposed for the fraud or nasty person you are or can be made to look like…up to you.

Namaste,

Scott

Religion is not It…What is?

This post is from my dear friend Soma. I missed reading her posts for so long. Yet, this is not her normal, happy post. Instead, it is a wonderful post about God and religion and what we really need to be doing.
Namaste,
Scott

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ocean full of religions and not a drop of peace
~ my soul
yes this is how I  feel things are everywhere….
I have not been blogging since dec.2012. I  didn’t know what to write. My restless soul didn’t encourage me to type or write. So I just let it wander aimlessly for some time before it told me to share this piece of my thought with you .
I am not one of those who would watch something bad happen and look somewhere else cos that is not my problem, NO, I am not one of those who would not get up till the they were not going to be directly hurt by something..
I am not a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian, I am neither a believer of caste or class….I do not belong to any tag except for what I was born as…a human.
Please understand…

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God and Religion: Do They Go Together?

I just read Mollie Players post (this is on Monday Night).  You should read it, too.  It will help you figure out where I am coming from here.  Here it is –>post <–

Mollie’s post about “get a religion” to be happy did not sit well with me; that is, before I read it.  I know Mollie enough that, even when I read the title, I read the post.  She thinks a lot like I do and I just couldn’t see her telling me to get religion.

People who know me well and have read my posts or asked me probably understand that I don’t care much for organized religion.  I am not against spirituality; I am not against God; I am not against people having faith and believing how they may believe.

What gets to me is that almost all (I think all but I will allow a bit of leeway) organized religions contort the view of God by attaching all types of rules, regulations, and “must do” things (rituals) and stating that you MUST follow all of these to the letter in order to be assured a place in heaven (if you rename heaven as simply being with God, you and I will be on the same wavelength).

I am not going to denounce everything religions have to say; nor will I tell you that you are wrong for believing whatever religion suits you.  People have a right to believe and to put their faith in whatever and/or whoever they choose.

I don’t agree with the “one true” part, but believe what you will.

Now, here is the hard part:  I don’t really care to sit down with you or here in this post and argue discuss my beliefs and yours.  If you out-maneuver me and get your “points” I still won’t change much.  You and I agree on a lot of things, I imagine.

I believe in a higher power than myself and the world (I choose to call this power God).

I believe that when you die, your life continues in some fashion.

I believe that you can call upon this power to aid you (I choose to call this prayer).

Much beyond this and we will begin to diversify.  The one thing that may really be different about us and our beliefs (be honest now) is that I can honestly look at you and say that your beliefs are fine.  I am not going to try to talk you out of your beliefs; I am not going to show up on your doorstep with pamphlets and/or flyers telling you how to keep out of hell and the “rules” you need to start following.

I will tell you that God loves you.  I believe that, no matter what you believe or don’t believe, God loves you.  I believe that God works in our lives so that “everything works together for good in the end; if it hasn’t worked out, it isn’t the end.”  That’s my mantra and I love it; it has always been true in my life.  God has never let me down and I can’t say that for anyone else, including me.

I had two Jehovah Witnesses stop by my home this morning to see how my life was.  We had a nice conversation, she left me with a pamphlet, some kinds words came from both of us, and we both went on to a good day.  There was no arguing; I didn’t tell her she was wrong or that I wasn’t going to listen to her; we just innately agreed to be humans and love God.  I wish that would be more true to more of us.

If two people talk or meet and there is tension, then love is diminished.  Where there is true, real love (not the romantic kind) then tension is gone and life flows there.

I feel both, sometimes, when I am writing or commenting on a post or even answering comments to mine.  I feel both a tension and a flowing of life.  What I know is that in the tension I have disagreed with someone; I have enabled a rift to form (sometimes, that happens).  When there is a flowing, then love is existing there.

Life is full of love and beauty.

I love to learn; I love to experience the beauty of life.  I do a lot of that through your blogs.  And, those blogs that are not so happy, still allow me to experience beauty.  I see it when you come through the problems like Zoe in Buckwheatsrisk; I see it when Mollie points out another way she has found to be happy; I even find it in the funny posts and humorous stories told by many of the bloggers I follow.  I find it in many places, just not all places.

I have begun to ramble which means I need to make my point and end.

Point:  Religion and God can go together.  It is “how” you incorporate the religion into your life that determines how much God there is in religion.

God is in every part of my beliefs (read that “religion” if you are going to use it as Molly did).  Love flows through my life.  Is it always perfect and loving? No, I don’t manage that all the time; however, God’s love is always there, so, when I am tired of the tension and decide to return back to my beliefs, there is God and there is love.

If you can say that about your beliefs…wow for you.

Namaste,

Scott

A New Prayer?

"ὁ θεòς ἀγάπη ἐστίν" ó theòs agape e...

“ὁ θεòς ἀγάπη ἐστίν” ó theòs agape estín (Greek; trans. “God is love”) on a stele in Mount Nebo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A New Prayer
By Scott L Vannatter
September 6, 2012

Now, I lay me down to rest
I’ve always tried to do my best
But people do not understand why
I don’t do it their way and I don’t try.

I live the life God gave to me
He thinks it’s perfect don’t you see?
He worries not which games I play
Not what I question or what I say.

The Golden Rule is good for me
And for the most part, just let me be
Offer help and when I say no
Don’t turn in a huff and stomp and go.

Your way may be the one for you
I’d like to try mine to see me through
And, if I’m wrong and yours proves out
Don’t look at me and scream and shout.

And things you say are wrong and right
May change for you one day or night
You grow and change that’s good for you
Your body does, your mind should too.

I have one thing that you should know
God’s word is love; that word will flow
It’s like a river and like a dream
Not having love’s, kinda swimming upstream.

So, do what you do in city, on farm
Remember, first, please do no harm
Live your life and love all others
Treat them like best sisters and brothers.

I say this and only some will hear
What gets in the way is usually fear
“It’s different,” they say; “it must be wrong.”
But different can be just as strong.

It doesn’t follow your holy book?
Maybe it’s time to take a look
When it was written and what it was for
Perhaps some of its writings are no longer core.

Instead of telling me what my God won’t do
Please know He loves both me and you
He will watch over all that are in His sight
Never stopping to rest not even at night.

You say not all will be in Heaven there
That God will only give His care
To those that follow the ways of His order
But there are hundreds of those from border to border

I think if we start by tossing out fear
And know that God is always here
We might see a new way that really’s not new
It’s been talked through the ages by more than a few

We messed up the meaning; we have lost the true thing
It is staring at us and would have us to sing
We’re equal, all loved, God doesn’t throw away
The good He’s created; it’s in us today.

So, now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
‘Cuz no one loves me like He does still
He always has and He always will.

LOVE and CARE for you , my Dearest!!!

LOVE and CARE for you , my Dearest!!! (Photo credit: Thai Jasmine (Smile..smile…Smile..))

I have been Told…

I have been told a lot of things over the years, especially by the “experts”.This has concerned a wide variety of subjects and, even the experts haven’t agreed most of the time.
One of the biggies, recently, for me has been Dreamfield’s Pasta. Since working very hard on my Diabetic Diet concerning carbs, I have looked to labels more and more. When a good friend recommended DF to me, I went to the local Kroger’s and looked for it. The label gave an astounding promise of 5 net carbs per serving! This was simply beyond belief. So, I bought it, took it home, and began eating. Now, I am much more careful since my stroke, so I did continue my research and test on my own. I subscribed to the comments on DF and was devastated to hear that all the “experts” and scientific testing showed that DF was no better than any other pasta and referred to it as the “Dreamfield Fraud”.

I decided to test harder. After conducting some fairly intensive personal tests and redoing them off and on for the last few months, I have concluded that, for me, DF works. I have revised it just a bit (under cook the pasta just a shade – Al Dente) and use a low-carb sauce now. However, it does not raise my sugar and allows me to eat a good portion of spaghetti now when I feel the urge.

What amazed me more was that, after I commented on the website about my findings and conclusions (I always said “for me” and “test for yourself”), I was told that 1) I was wrong; 2) I was a liar 3) I was telling a story to promote DR (I was a rep). I retested and put the findings out again, and, again, was told that I was not a scientist and was, therefore, doing it wrong and so on. People would almost hatefully argue this with me, as if I was calling them liars with their own discoveries.

It did not seem to matter that I kept stating that it was true “for me” and that everyone “should test” for themselves. I pointed out that not everyone was alike and that, only by checking things out for themselves, would they really know.

It’s been kinda funny, but, in the last few weeks, I have had several people comment on the site that, “I tested this and it works for me” and “not everyone is the same”.

The reason I put this here is two-fold:

First, many people take it as a personal attack if you say anything different from their views. I notice this in all areas, but, especially, in religion.

Second, I have also seen that, once someone speaks up, it doesn’t take long before there are others.

My Dad is in the hospital; “experts” (well, one) have said what he needs and dismissed my sister when she asked questions about it all. I find that terrifying that an “expert” no longer considers it necessary to study the situation more and that he/she is not willing to explain the situation to those extremely concerned about the matter.

As I told my students many times, “Science, in my opinion, is a ‘best guess’ thing, in spite of ‘facts’. After all, we were a flat world once. Also, there was no such thing as germs or radiation.”

We change our “facts” all the time. It is now believed that an object (sub-atomic, but an object) can, indeed, be in two places at once. Supposedly, it can be proved. What this all tells me is that an expert should be someone who is continually looking to improve and find new facts, and everyone can learn from others.

I hope and plan to never stop learning. And, a good way for me to learn has been to teach.

All of you have something to teach and much to learn.

Do both.
Namaste,
Scott

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