It has been said there is no such thing as bad publicity. Maybe, maybe not. At the very least, anyone taking the time to make a negative comment has taken the time to read a controversial piece. I have said many times in the past I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, in fact, it would concern me if they did. Learning from one another, keeping an open mind, and allowing differences of opinion is important.
Having said that, I received a comment from a reader who said I was “Marxist”, although this person spelled it wrong; and this person described me as a bigot trying to sway people away from the Bible, to sin, and get people to break their bonds with God…..their words, not mine. I appreciate the fact this person took the time to read. I am going to assume this person identifies as a “Christian”, however, by all appearances is not “Christ-like” in the least. Funny how that works! I could fire back, spew negative words and criticisms, but I will not. Why get involved in a superficial war of jibs and judgments? We could have an intelligent conversation, agree to disagree, speak from the heart, share ideas and thoughts, we could even learn from one another, but it seems unlikely. Sadly, people like this person are plentiful in our world; hatemongers consumed by anger, their hearts wounded by experiences that have scarred and destroyed appreciation for others and opposing opinions.
For the record, above all, I believe in God. There is a vast difference between spirituality and religion; spirituality seeks to know God, to understand, to walk in Divine Love. Religion follows manmade rules designed to control others, to dominate, to create God in the image of man instead of the other way around. I prefer to be spiritual, to journey with God as a unique creation and not as a cookie-cutter follower reciting rote prayers and memorized scripture. Mankind was endowed with intelligence, the ability to think beyond the information taken in by the five senses. God designed mankind to use his intelligence, to gain wisdom, to ask questions, to interact with the rest of creation and learn from it. Yeshua (Jesus), God in the flesh of man, walked the Judean hillside teaching people to look beyond their five senses, to love when it was hard, to forgive when it seemed impossible, to understand the power and wisdom of God reside within.
God made man in His likeness, the embodiment of all that love is and He gifted mankind with free-will, the ability to choose his actions, reactions, thoughts, and behaviors. God operates from free-will and chooses love every time, man does not and for the most part, free-will has proven the ruin of mankind.
The oft-recited childhood chant, ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’, isn’t entirely true but it is a good concept. Sometimes words do hurt. Obviously, my words touched a nerve that set off a storm of hate-speak. Am I a Marxist and a bigot? No, I am not. Do I get it right every time? No, I do not. I am open to discussion, thoughts, ideas, to sharing and receiving wisdom, to learning from others. We would learn so much more from one another if we did all from a spirit of love…..