The only time I was placed in the spotlight of religion was when I was at school and had to take a class on RE – Religious Education. Even then I would either play truant or mess about in class with friends.
So, having grown up with no experience of religion I had no frame of reference as to what was good or bad; I never had any time for religion itself as it never made sense to me and I always felt it wasn’t the truth. And then there was God, the man in the sky with the big white beard. What was he all about?
I could never understand how religion would say that God loves us but then there are all these rules that, if you don’t follow them, you will be punished.
As an example, one thing that stands out with Christianity that I could never get to grips with was that if you are a Christian you are supposed to be good, kind and benevolent.
What does being good, kind or benevolent have to do with being religious? Those qualities come from inside a person and we shouldn’t need a religion to tell us to be this way.
Being religious and being good has no correlation as is evidenced by the fact that throughout history most wars have been fought in the name of ‘religion’. There has been a lot of bloodshed just because someone thought their God was better than someone else’s God.
For me, this is what true religion means:
- True religion is realising that we don’t need someone to tell us that we have to ‘get or find God’ because God is already inside each and every one of us.
- True religion is not something that divides us but unites us All – as we are all equal sons of God. I know that I am no more or no less than any other as I am an equal Son of God.
- True religion is how I live my life on a day-to-day basis and taking full responsibility for all my choices.
- True religion is being aware of what my body is feeling and honouring that by expressing that feeling.
- True religion is knowing that before I can truly love another, I have to love myself first.
I feel that every religion has an element of truth to it and that truth is ‘Love’. But in my experience what I have seen in many other religions is that there are too many rules and conditions, there is too much of “my religion is the best and only through my religion will you get to God.”
God is pure love and pure love does not judge or have rules or conditions. What ‘The Way of the Livingness’ presents is a simple way to return to our natural essence… LOVE.
With ‘The Way of the Livingness’ I can say that I finally understand what true religion is.
By Tim Bowyer, Age 51, London Bus Driver
This blog originated as a comment in response to: The Way of the Livingness – the Religion I’ve Always Known