Principles on Faith and Humanity

Version 2Ever since being confounded by contradictions in my childhood religion as well as finding disconnects between that religion and my instincts, I’ve searched for spiritual truth. Decades into that journey and still bereft of many definitive answers, I created Principles on Faith and Humanity as a marker on my journey.

With this journey far from complete (as far as I know), I invite you to challenge, question, explore or otherwise comment on my Principles on Faith and Humanity. What am I missing that you know or believe?

  1. God is in us. We are in God.
  2. Humanity comes in many colors and fabrics, each of us with our own strengths and elements of attraction. It is only when we weave gently together, though, that we create the most stunning of tapestries.
  3. If God wanted us to be identical, she would have made us that way. Our differences create our collective genius and must be explored.
  4. The Golden Rule, when well understood, is a core unifying principle across faiths and secularists.
  5. Everyone has a faith, even if that faith solely includes humankind and/or the known physical world.
  6. Competition of ideas enriches our individual spiritual journeys. Forced compliance destroys our search for truth.
  7. When our religion conflicts with our instincts and/or reason, finding the truth requires deep exploration.

A number of my beliefs are important drivers in this exploration. I welcome your challenge to these concepts as well (and leave them numbered to make commenting easier).

  1. People who say God only gives us what we can handle are misguided even when well meaning. Tragedies are part of our human condition. God, however, encourages us to fight through whatever tragedies we encounter and make use of what we learn to help others.
  2. All bureaucracies, including in religious forms, warrant continuous questioning because they are outgrowths of clearly flawed humankind.
  3. Religious and spiritual texts help identify important questions, but at times suffer from the flaws of humankind in their drafting.
  4. God didn’t hire any of us as his enforcer. But we do have an obligation to prevent the worst among us from imposing destruction on others.
  5. Concepts in our brains routinely leap across tiny physical gaps. Are we certain we know the limit of such connections through thought and prayer?

My spiritual journey is so important to me, as is my desire to contribute to a dialogue that drives us away from the frequently divisive paths being taken in the world, that I am exploring these ideas in depth in the novel I’m working on now. I ask for your help in contributing to this exploration.



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