Category Archives: Coming out of Religion

I am water!

I AM WATER

If a drop of water were to declare
“I am water!”
would everyone ask it
“How can you make such a
brazen statement about yourself?
Did you create the oceans
and the ships upon them?
Did you divine a way to freeze
and then evaporate yourself?
Are you greater than
Almighty Water?”

Never ever need Religion again (caps mine)

The JEWS took the “Kingdom of God in us”,
and turned it into the Kingdom of God in Symbolism, Government and Religion.
God, again through Jesus, demonstrated the Kingdom of God in us.
This time CHRISTIANITY turned it into Symbolism, Government and Religion.
“The Kingdom of God within”, is the greatest threat to the Religious System.
For once YOU AWAKEN to God’s permanent residence within you,
You will Never ever need Religion again.
~Dan Shaffer

Mike said I was a human being! Waaah!

I remember like it was yesterday, running to mama, crying “W-a-a-a-a-h, Mike said I was a human being! :'( I’m not a human being – I’m a girl!

Well, I’ve come a long way since then, I hope :p . But this is reminiscent of what I’m seeing everywhere these days – stuck-in-the-mud type thinking. A real Christian doesn’t do thus and so. They think thus and so. Living a schizoid life seems more “christian” than fully discovering their true Self. 🙁

Religion’s vs man’s faithfulness JJohnson

Manmade Religion presents the faithfulness of God like fragile broken eggshells beneath our feet

when in truth God’s faithfulness is stronger than anything

Stronger than Peter’s denial
Stronger than Thomas’ doubt
Stronger than David’s lust
Stronger than Moses’ murder
Stronger than Paul’s persecution

Stronger than life
Stronger than death
Stronger than sin
Stronger than shame

Stronger than your worst day
Stronger than your greatest mistake
Stronger than anything you will ever face

God will be faithful to you
He will never leave you
He will never forsake you
He will be faithful to you

Because he loves

And it’s his joy to rescue you

Even from yourself

~Jeremiah Johnson

Dealing with Spirituality without religion

“21 Things I Did, Exploring Spirituality Beyond Institutional Religion:

1. I made peace with my religious past.
2. I took responsibility for my spiritual journey.
3. I stopped dividing up the world into “sacred” and “secular.”
4. I began listening to and trusting my inner voice.
5. I started looking past the externals, and relating to the deepest reality I knew was present in every human being.
6. I quit making my humanity the enemy.
7. I resisted the need to build a persona around being an enlightened person.
8. I opened myself to the rhythm and flow of life in nature.
9. I explored what the natural sciences have to say about the universe and my humanness.
10. I focused on addressing the root of my suffering.
11. I paid attention to my deepest desires and passions.
12. I sought to cast off my fictitious self, and be an authentic and fully-expressed me.
13. I questioned and applied critical thinking to my default assumptions and beliefs about the world.
14. I expanded my relational world beyond religious sub-culture.
15. I resisted creating a new religion out of my latest discovery.
16. I operated with the assumption that every human being knew something I needed to know.
17. I resisted latching onto the latest guru, and began seeing all people as my teachers.
18. I explored new fields and areas of interest that were largely unknown to me.
19. I shifted my focus from the question of life after death to making the most of my life before death.
20. I approached my life as a reality I was free to create.
21. I became interested and involved in the lives of people I encountered naturally along the everyday paths of my life.”

– Jim Palmer

Old belief system meets fresh revelation

IS YOUR ENTIRE BELIEF SYSTEM pretty much the same now as it was five years ago?
And do you really think that’s a good thing?
Don’t you know the Holy Spirit has been imparting tons of fresh revelation?
Can’t you see there are things He can tell us now that He couldn’t tell Peter, James and John?
God never intended for the Bible to become itself a religion.
Hey, He never intended for religion to become a religion.

When you reject religion…

When you reject religion as I do
Are you rejecting Jesus?
Are you rejecting the Christ?
Or, are you rejecting man-made Christianity?

That last one’s a tough one.
Isn’t there a biblical counterpart to
“Don’t throw the baby out
with the bathwater!”?

Or maybe the only way to clean up
the mess that religion has made
is to see it implode upon itself
and give mankind back their own mind.

ACIM eviscerates the ego.

Some years ago I pretty much devoured “A Course In Miracles”. I knew I needed it because line upon line it eviscerates the ego.
This morning I found myself bemoaning to Papa “W-a-a-a-a-h! The Course didn’t ‘take’.
You wanna hear what he tol’ me?
He said “You’ve heard of planting a seed in someone, right?”
Yes, Papa, I wailed.
“Well, it planted a garden in you!”

Are you a Christian?

Here’s the best answer I’ve ever heard to that gnawing question:
ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?
It all depends on how one defines CHRISTIAN. If one is referring by that nomenclature to traditional doctrinal beliefs promulgated by a Western understanding of Holy Scriptures, then, NO, I AM not a “Christian.” However, if one means one’s belief in the Universality of the CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS which is one with LOVE being one’s natural and only state, then, YES, I AM a Christian and brother to CHRIST and a Son of My Father.
<3 ~PA~. Albert Joseph Jefferson

What God you believe in you’ll find

The God that you believe in, will be the God that you read in the Bible.
If you believe in the love of God you will be able to navigate your way through the mazes of different theologies in the Bible.
However if you believe in the wrath, anger and judgement of God, it will lead to a disturbing dual concept of God, that your mind cannot internally process.
The Bible is a historical document of man’s journey to discover who God is.
Some got it right, and some got it horribly wrong, which is the detrimental dilemma of those who still try to read the Bible literally.
But for those whom the Bible points to the spirit of God within;
They are free to experience, explore and discover the spirit of freedom and love.
This is life eternal and eternal life.
~Dan Shaffer

Dan Shaffer