The Religious Recovery program encourages us to think for ourselves and to decide what path works best for us. If we don’t feel as if any particular religious belief system meets our needs, then that’s okay. But, does this encourage a world of one-man religious/spiritual shows? If everyone is off doing their own thing, doesn’t chaos and confusion reign?
There is always the possibility the worse can happen, but there is also the possibility the best can happen. The result depends upon the viewpoint we take. If we look for the bad, we’ll find the bad. If we look for the good, we’ll find the good. Society has evolved in nearly every area, even in religion, but it seems as if religious belief is the last area where change is pursued.
There is always a danger that religion can be twisted to an evil man’s purpose, but if we are following our own path, we are less likely to be taken in by some charlatan’s schemes. Religious belief and spirituality is personal and communal. It involves both the individual and the entire society — in fact the whole world. Yes, one-man religious shows can be positive so long as they remain loving, caring, forgiving, and free of judgment and grandiose schemes. Look for the heart behind the “show,” and remember, a sense of humor is a gift from The Divine. For my part, I tend to shy away from religious leaders who don’t have a healthy sense of humor.
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