My Religous Musings
Bear with me on this.  I am comfortabla with the thought of a God and a holy spirit (guardian angels, to some), but the 3rd piece, the son, doesn't make some sense to me.  That is why I can't say I'm a true christian, however, I can say I believe Jesus was a real person who did great things and made himself the ultimate legend. Call it the  MODEL son of god, not the ACTUAL son of god. 

There a many questions that I think would bring some interesting discussion:

A) Jesus be considered a demigod? He fits the definition, like Thor, or Hercules. Each is a son of a God (be in not THE God, for those who already are feeling the blasphemy coming) and each is a man in form, but has divine powers (strenth, power over people, fighting ability).
a mythological being who is partly divine and partly human; an inferior deity. 
  2. a deified mortal.
Both of which (depending on your definition of inferior) fit the description, no?

B)  How can Jesus be God's only child when most people say we are all sons (daughters?) of God? (See demigod) This goes back to my first thought that Jesus was the model person for everyone to follow, and he just had a good sense of what it was all about.  Maybe he did have a discussion with the Big Man at some point and just understood it all.  Keep in mind he was a very good Jew, so that probably played a part in it.  He was good with people and understood what good things are.

My view of Religion tends to come back to a very few, reasonable fundamentals.  This is putting aside those beliefs in eastern religions like Hindu, which also have a lot of the same fundamental principles.  (think the 12 points of the scout law: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, etc. and yes, I do remember them all still, even though I havne't been active in BSA for nearly 10 years)
A) There is a higher force (aka God) that has a presence among people.

The Grand Design:
 We are masters of our own fate, but we do have support to get us there.  This is where I give the 'Father' part of the triangle a good bit of credit.  This is based on my family life.  I say "I want to play baseball" when I'm a kid, dad signs me up to the leagues and gets me to practice.  It's up to me to actually play the sport.  If I decide to do something else (as long as it's not something to the detriment of others), then he supports me to do it.  College, school, philosophy, advice, there's one place to get help on all that: Dad.  For me that's been my actual worldly father, so the parallel is perfect.  The fundamental principles are all there and it makes perfect sense when you really put it together.   Many people have said it, but I put a lot of stock into the fact that the Father is much more important in someone's life than anyone realizes at the time.  Dad gives you the guidance to be independant, Mother (just as important) gives you the nourishment and environment to get there.  That will be a different discussion somewhere else in here. 

Getting into 'Heaven' (The higher plane, for some):
We aren't perfect, but everyone knows that.  So why does everyone say Jesus died for our sins?  That doesn't make any sense.  If we have sinned and we are truly regretful about it, and do something to be forgiven (apologize, jail time, cry to sleep everynight with the wish one had never done whatever it was), then the only fatherly thing to do is say you've served your punishment and love you still.  That I fully believe without a doubt.   That being said, it cannot be false or taken for granted that one will be forgiven even having done that. It is for the judge to decide, and we all know it will be a fair trial.

My Creed:

"Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy."
Max Ehrmann


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