Every day events happen in our lives that test our spiritual faith. Whether it be your own life, or lives of those connected to you, or simply things happening in the world. How can the worlds news not affect any persons spiritual faith? Death of innocent children? People shot for no reason? Women raped? Mothers killed? Spouses killed? Behaviors excused based on social status. The world is full of people who make bad choices that impact far more then themselves. The world is also full of incredible people who live their lives to serve others, to serve the God they believe in, a greater source, a creator, whatever path a person chooses to travel. Perhaps some follow a more evil entity and believe that’s the path they are meant to travel. So many questions exist, sometimes the answers never come.
How many times has someone shot others, then killed themselves? Never answering the why’s? If someone breaks into your house and robs you, attacks you, but was on drugs, then it wasn’t their fault, because they were “hi”…. If someone shoots someone, then it’s the gun that gets blamed. Why do we always need a thing to blame? Why is it not the individual who makes the choice to do the wrong behavior? Why when a Dad kills his own children is he a monster, but when a Mother does so, she must have mental issues? A mother would never harm her children if she were in her right mind, but a father would? C’mon…
We generalize, we criticize, we blame and we excuse. These are the kinds of things that make us question God, life, self… questions that bring about only more questions. Have you ever spent time in the pediatric ward of a hospital for terminal patients? I have… Ever spent time working with people dying of AIDS, Cancer, and a laundry list of other terminal ailments? I have… Nothing is more heartbreaking then terminal children for me. They have not had a chance to screw up, to make bad choices, and their life is already coming to an end? I would pray and search for ways to understand… Was this their karma from a previous life? Were they murders, racist, rapists, monsters in another life, and this is their price now? That couldn’t be it, cause that would mean their parents and everyone who loved them was horrible in another life too, cause they were all suffering… I could get lost is the questions and never come up with a solid answer that could ever make sense of a child dying….
I learned a very long time ago that some questions will always be questions… And it’s when we stop asking them, that we stop knowing compassion, care, and empathy. We were created to love ourselves, and one another. To not see ourselves as greater than or less than. Live a life always allowing yourself questions. No one persons way is “the way.” We are allowed to have our own opinions, our own thoughts, and to make our own choices. People spend more time arguing religion than they do living true to the one they claim to follow… They do the same with politics. We are all individuals and we each have our own brain. You get to use it your way. Doesn’t matter if you are republican, democrat, or undecided… That is your choice, and not for anyone else to judge. Same goes for religion. Are you Christian, Catholic, Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Baptist, Bahai, Islamic, Jewish, the list goes on…. ? Does it matter? Is my way better, is my way right or wrong? All that matters is one simple thing…. and that is asking yourself….is it right for me?
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