Looking at a question that sparks some interest
God and Religion, is there a difference
People tend to think they are one of the same
Same idea same beliefs, just using different names
Well if you want the answer, this is not true
There are many facts that separate the two
First, there is only one true God
Anything else is just a fraud
He is the almighty, creator of life
From Heaven to earth, to trees to wildlife
Now there are many forms of religion
Some are different but have the same mission
They want to praise and serve the Almighty
Obeying his word and preaching to thee
Spreading the love of God and his wisdom
Now this seems like a pretty nice system
This is how to live, it’s pure and awesome
But hold up, there’s a major problem
Despite spreading the word of God and love
Religion was not made by God above
It was man who established these rules and laws
Unlike God, humanity carries some flaws
Man can be manipulated by the devil
He can get anyone no matter their level
The sneaky serpent is stirring us away
Deceiving us into following his way
Priests, Monks, Rabbis, Nuns, Evangelists, and Friars
Tempted to focus more on sinful desires
Abuse, Scandals, Hoaxes, Violence, Bribery
The Devil has invaded the Ministry
Now most religions don’t share this desire
However, they use the lord to gain power
They abuse their roles to control their peers
Telling them how to think, feel, and appear
Twisting God’s words to judgment, hatred, and insult.
The religion turns into a prejudiced cult
Man’s faults and temptations cripple religion
They are losing the purpose of their mission
Religion should focus on connecting with God
Not making false morals and selling fraud
If they want to understand God’s picture
Then read and study the holy scripture
Learn from the Bible, every chapter and verse
It’s like finding the key to the universe
There is information for the elders and youth
Reading this book will help you understand the truth
No one can judge and say who can go to heaven
The reason is in John Chapter 8 verse 7
From the words from the man on the right of God’s throne
“Who is without sin be the first to throw a stone”
Every single person has committed a sin
So don’t judge and shame others, or satan will win
Look at Proverbs 3:5 for an important reading
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
Religion tries to listen and obey God’s word
But over the years, it’s clear that it’s all misheard
This revelation has revealed an ugly truth
God doesn’t need religion to talk to his youth
A spiritual connection, just God and you
Obey his word, like in Matthew 22
“Love the Lord your God” and “love your neighbor”
Helping each other, love first judge later
God’s love is bigger than any religion
Have faith in him and live life in his vision
Don’t live your life as a tool of man
Be an instrument of the Great I Am
This isn't super creative or rhythmic writing, honestly, and also it's not very 'subtle'. "There is a god, and only one god" - that's so off-putting. Especially since theres like....no valid proof? So why be so cocky about it? All evidence points to there absolutely NOT being a god, ESPECIALLY not the highly specific one you chose. So like. Yeah, why would you sound like such an ahhhole about it? You don't got anything to validate that. But more importantly, your religion is only valid if it respects others' rights and choices. This is key, and something you should really internalize, since it sounds like you're really invested in your beliefs. This is something many super-religious do not grasp, whether they outright say it or not. Just remember as you go forward - lgbtq+ deserve rights, people with disabilities deserve rights, nuerodivergent people deserve rights, BIPOC deserve rights, women deserve rights. Many oppressive, objectifying systems are built on the values of Abrahamic religions. In ALL countries, we deserve access to SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE education, sex-ed, birth control, universal health care, clean water and secular social services. And any law that uses religious reasoning anywhere up the line is not a law that i am obliged to follow. Tell your congregation about this!! :)
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My parting gift to you:
Your words are telling the rest of us
More about your heart
And where it is at
Than it is about the poetry,
As you claim to want,
Will always elude you,
If deep down inside,
Your heart doesn't actually want to see it;
Science has told us about how "Confirming Bias" works,
Not just for the religious.
If my own life is not "proof" enough
That there is a God
And He gave me Jesus Christ
Because He Loves me,
And Jesus is the One
Who changes me inside
Even as I continue to struggle
(I'm coming to like wrestling,
The more I do it and discover new
Things I didn't know or understand before)
With what it is
And is not
To be Human,
And what it is
And is not
To follow Jesus,
Contrary to what our man-made religion has said
And forced us to believe,
If simply the transition I went through,
From the time I first commented,
Is not "proof" enough for you,
Especially in the thread
Of us talking,
Where I found myself moving from Fear to Love,
And I now feel my heart burning
Not with Fear,
But with Conviction
For the Rock I stand on,
Because He showed me once again,
He is Trustworthy and Good;
Safe for me to stand on
Not allowing myself to be shaken,
Because that is His Love sustaining me,
And He Himself welcomes
My testing of the spirits,
Or scientific facts
Of all things
Over just leaping in
To obey blindly
Like one manipulated and brainwashed
Contrary to what I thought and felt before,
When I lost my way
For a bit?
After all the fears,
The doubts and the questions,
My own shame and inadequacy,
And just plain,
Do you not realize you yourself are being part of the oppression,
By saying "Keep your religion out of this;
It's done too much harm!
So don't talk about it!"?
Are you really after human rights,
If the one condition you're setting
For us all
Is "No religion"?
What then do you do with Spirituality?
Those who are glad to express their Spirituality,
Away from religion's traumatizing effect on humanity,
Who sing praises to a God they believe in
Who express their hearts genuinely
In whatever way their hearts flow out;
Out loud for all to hear
But not caring whose listening,
Because it is the Bird in the tree
Singing for the sheer Joy
And gratitude of Life and Love;
How will you know the difference between the Religion that's caused so much harm
And the Spirituality that is making so many of us sing
And come to the Light,
Day by day?
In the middle of the Night?
Are you going to police us
On the premise of "No religion!"
Citing the harm it's doing
While you pick and choose
Which rights you will abide by
And which rights,
Including the one to be part of a religion by choice,
You will squash?
Nobody deserves to be oppressed.
Nobody has the right to oppress
To stop the effects of oppression,
Our squabbles would cease
If we stopped bantering with words and everything we have to banter with,
Our human history,
The walks of life we come from,
Language, literal and figuratively,
And everything we humans understand or think about
At this present moment,
And simplified it to ONE THING,
God or No God.
What does Love tell each and every one of us to do?
In your very own heart,
What is Love,
According to your personal understanding,
And what does it look like to you?
What does it make you feel inside
In order to prove to you
That this is the Real Deal,
Truer than true?
And I'm asking
What does Unconditional Love
Look like to you?
Not what my God or Religion at large says it looks like.
What does Unconditional Love look and feel like,
According to you?
Answer that for yourself
And not me;
I already have an answer
I am happy with
And satisfied to keep,
And I'm already looking forward to
The next wrestling match
I have with myself
And matters like these
That will teach me
Not just more things about Jesus,
But more things about Myself,
That I didn't already know before.
I'm grateful for your definition of Unconditional Love;
And you pointing out what it Does Not look like. :3
I believe now I can clarify this matter about God:
No our God is not actually offering that.
What He is offering us,
Is the gift of being able to make choices.
I will use an analogy:
We are free to make a choice
In one of two ways:
Love that puppy
With hugs and cuddles
Taking the puppy out for walks
And ensuring its health and wellbeing
Or kick that puppy
With our foot,
Yell hurtful words at it
And abuse it in whatever ways we think of
For "fun" and "pleasure",
As awful as that sounds,
Or simply because we have anger / rage issues
That haven't yet been resolved,
And this is how we deal with
Our hurts from Life and other humans.
When I say both choices are "valid",
I strictly mean that in the sense
That we are 100% capable
Of choosing either one.
There's one that is "right"
And one that is "wrong" here.
But this is the freedom God Himself gave us:
And being creatures of Free Will
Who are indeed capable of choosing Evil,
And making mistakes,
Because we humans are fallible,
Otherwise this would be a world of automata,
And us being incapable of thinking,
And choosing for ourselves;
A perfection free of evil capabilities
But now we're more like puppets or robots,
Who don't know what it is to be Loved and Accepted,
Even when we mess up BAD,
Accidentally or deliberately.
Every choice we ever make
Comes with consequences, though.
Choosing to love the puppy might come with the consequence
Of committing to emergency vet needs
That are costly
Or not traveling the globe as much,
If our puppy isn't that great with traveling.
Choosing to abuse the puppy
Also comes with consequences;
That are punishments in themselves;
We don't need a God to threaten us with punishment
When we simply have the consequences from our choice-making
Hell is not for like,
Other crime-doers I won't put into words purposely
Due to the sexual nature of them
(I'll imply it instead);
Based on that they did the crime in the first place;
Instead of Doing Good
Like they "should have";
Even a murderer and sexual assaulter
Can go to heaven
And be accepted by God Himself
If they realize the harm they did
To themselves as much as others
And are sorry for it;
Wanting to make a different choice...
This is Confession,
And Forgiveness in action.
Luke 15:10 NIV:
In the same way I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God
Over one sinner who repents.
The story of the Prodigal Son
Is one that shows how happy the Father was (God)
When his son came back;
He'd done some pretty foolish things
That son had,
And he knew it,
Hence telling his father to treat him more like a servant from now on instead.
But he was met with his father's Love, Forgiveness and Acceptance
Instead of angry words, punishment, and rejection. :3
Doesn't actually WANT us going to Hell;
Hence Jesus our Savior,
Dying on a form of torture we'd invented
In our darkness and evil of mind,
To showcase how much God loves us;
Enough to come down into the darkness and evil
And bring us Light;
It is we humans
Telling God Himself
If we want Him or not.
Someone once explained it to me,
That Hell is the place devoid of gifts
Like Love, Light, Air, Beauty, Flowers, Mercy;
It's boiling down to us saying No
To these gifts,
I hope this gave some clarity. ^_^
I thought that God was a "Love me or burn forever" deal
Once upon a time,
And likewise said "No thanks".
I don't think anybody wants a relationship
With an abuser;
Human ones are bad enough;
We don't need a Cosmic one.
Until I experienced differently for myself,
Saw the Truth
Tasted and saw for myself
God is actually Good;
I had Him all confused and was mistaken
In my own understanding of things. :3
I am embarrassed for you.
dA is not supposed to be about judging someone's content, but most people have enough sense to not rehash specious drivel about longing for blatant unaccountably in repeated attempts to rule the world again. face it. the dark ages are gone.
as for the technical aspects of your work, quite frankly, this reads like you are in, maybe, 9th grade, arguing with members of the opposing football team (our team's great, yours sucks!). while you do manage to rhyme, this is not prerequisite for poetry. natural, flowing language and a sense of timing are, but you have neither.
yes, this is harsh, but I'm not one to offer the glad-hand to people just because they have strung words together, or I personally agree with their content (like many of the comments here)
well, rhyme is a hard thing to do correctly. I used to try it, but had to stop. Country Music won't get you far in rhythm. it's as bad as modern rock and pop. jazz and blues are better, but I'm not about to tell you what music to listen to. that's up to you
think you can stop trying to intentionally rhyme for a while? try it. and read a little shakespeare. look up "iambic pentameter" and try to read shakespeare with that rhythm pattern.
my point isn't that you have to quit what you're trying to do and do this instead, but more that in order to do one thing, you need to understand other things. rhyme involves other elements, like the rhythm. shakespeare teaches those fundamentals. after you have that a little better, and still want to thyme, read some TS Elliot. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. or if you decide free verse, maybe look at Don Marquis's "Archy" books. or, hell; read them all anyway.
to extend my point; to fill it in: don't recreate the world of self-expression, or you won't get very far. no one ever has. study (yeah, I mean more than just read it passively. think about it. what they're said, how they say it) the writing of others. keep what you think works. ignore the rest. learn from them, not trial and error.