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An Easter Note: Easter 2011



“The Search for Peace…”

“The Lord has arisen!”, or has He? Easter was the beginning of Christianity as a religion; the promise of a new way, a new paradigm, a new dream that the people of the world could follow in Peace and Harmony. But where has that dream led? Where is that Peace; that Harmony? Why has religion, the promise of something better, become many religions, and only one of many more failed dreams?

Could its failure, perhaps, lie in that very same establishment itself? Could the form of religion have been itself the downfall of its intent? Could the unity and love that religion heralded, have instead become a prey to its own structure and organization? Could the cohesion and exclusion of the religious club mentality, have instead destroyed the same love that was its message and intent?

For what is Love, if not a gravity of sorts; a force that binds together what is apart; a force that makes similar what is different; a feeling that makes one know what is hidden; a compulsion that neutralizes all judgment, and makes all viewpoints one. But where does the Church lie? It lies in the contract; it lies in the book of rules; it lies in the dogma and judgments they make. But love is not, and will never be a contract; for it is always a gift freely given, and freely accepted; in a word: acceptance. For as St John said, it is God, for that is also the definition of God Himself; an abstraction of perfect unity or oneness, not in any way in man’s image, but in the image of what all humanity ultimately strives for, perfection… total acceptance. A God whose image is cast in every heart; not stereotyped at all; but known in the very love itself that lives in all; from atheist and agnostic to Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Muslim, Hindu and on and on. For God’s love lives in all, and knows none of the earthly separation of groups.

But the club of religion has made it many, and has created a structure founded on the exact opposite: exclusion and separation.

Let the founding of Christianity on Easter awaken in Christians the true message of Christ; a message of unity that always turns the other cheek; a message that lacks all judgment, and throws no stones; a message that the ways of the earth, and the exclusions of judgments that group organizations build are not the ways of God, but the ways of Caesar, and the diversity he has created. The true message of religion is simple: there are no chosen people, just PEOPLE. Once the entire world realizes that, we will be well on the road to that Peace and Harmony that religion was supposed to achieve.



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Originally Published:

May 10, 2011

Revised:

January 2, 2014