I’m so excited! My aunt is coming home from out west, and it’s been two years since I last saw her. She is a very dear person to me, and I hate that she lives so far away, but such is life. She is one of my favorite people of all time, and her ten day stay will not be long enough, but I will take what I can get of her.
One of my favorite things about when family comes home is we usually have a huge pot-luck. We have many great cooks in our gene pool which makes pot-lucks a welcomed event. You get to have a little taste of this, and a little taste of that. It’s every food lover’s dream come true. You even get multiple choices for desserts, and who doesn’t like multiple desserts?
As my thoughts drifted to the hope that our family was going to have a pot-luck to celebrate the arrival of my aunt’s visit, this also got me thinking of how we really should have a Spiritual Pot-Luck as well. On my spiritual journey, I have enjoyed learning a little bit from this religion, and a little bit from another religion. Like the Catholics—I find their Saints fascinating. I have fallen in love with the books of Saint Germaine. Saint François d’Assise is another incredible man. And who could not admire and love Mother Teresa? Wow—what an amazing woman! No matter what religion you are these fine, selfless people are definite role-models of how the human race should live.
I’ve enjoyed learning about the Chinese classical text written by Latsu called, “Toa Te Ching” or in English it is “The Way”. There are so many wise verses in that book that was written in the sixth century BC. You would have to be very close-minded not to open your heart up to the goodness and grace that are found in these 81 verses in the Toa. Many of the verses align with verses of the Bible, and is just another way to look at the goodness and wisdom that mankind should be following.
I’ve also fallen in love with the work of Emanuel Swedenbourg, he is an 18th century scientist, theologian, and philosopher who referred to as a Bible Maniac. He wrote multiple books on his experience of visual and spiritual insights into the spiritual world. I find his philosophy to be outside of the box, and I love challenging my thoughts to such mystical ideas.
Gary Habermas is another incredible theologian, New Testament Scholar and professor at Liberty University. I’ve listened to and read this very intelligent man’s work, and other’s work that he recommended. Two amazing books that he recommended reading is a two volume set written by Craig S. Keener called “Miracles…The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts”. These two books could convince any atheist that there is a God. His extensive research is unbelievable. If you don’t believe in miracles read this book and then try to dispute them.
Of course, I will always have my strongest of spiritual background which is Christian and United because that was the way I was born and raised and these childhood learnings are hard to uninstall, but I also have a very open mind to the Pot-Luck of Spirituality that exists in this world. There are many great things about many different religions. I honor the fact that Jesus is the only way and is the only way for me, but I love becoming educated on a multitude of different ideas. I don’t believe one religion is the only way to Heaven as that is to me, just crazy thinking. I think Heaven is going to be one BIG pot-luck. The more I educate myself on the history of religion and learn how many religions separated and formed new religions, in all reality, it is just another dish to add to this pot-luck of choices.
Nobody is going to know all the answers, so educate yourself as much as you can. Don’t just listen to your minister, pastor, priest, or whomever you listen to. Explore this pot-luck on your own and try a taste of history.
I like the scriptural writing of James 1:26-27, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” It’s not the religion God is looking for in you, it is your heart! Are you taking care of orphans and widows? Are you giving of yourself to those who need help? Have a heart that God wants you to have and if you keep yourself from being corrupted by the world, he will be one proud Papa!