I am a Netflix, Prime Video series binge-watcher. Maybe it’s because I watch more than my share of themed series but it seems there are more and more series and movies in movie and TV land whose theme is decidedly religious. Lucifer, The Good Place, Good Omens, Dark, and to a degree, Glitch, to name a few. They all have one thing in common; challenging accepted religious beliefs. And why not? Let’s face it, organized religion is replete with contradictions. Doctrines differ between denominations and all can’t be right. If everyone believes only they are right, no one is right.
Dancing, drinking, smoking, and tattoos are of the devil for some denominations, others have no doctrinal issues with dancing, drinking, smoking, or tattoos, and may even plan casino nights and offer alcohol as prizes for fundraisers. Some religious groups took a snapshot of a time in history considered ‘pure’ and live according to their adopted standards for righteousness. Some forbid any music other than hymns and some dance and sing to contemporary beats and lyrics. Look at baptism. Yeshua (Jesus) and His disciples immersed, but what about the churches who believe sprinkling is enough? Should men of the cloth marry? Can women stand in the pulpit? Back when Yeshua (Jesus) wore the clothes of humanity men and women were not allowed to sit together in the synagogue and expected to remain silent. Is allowing women to teach from the pulpit and sitting together unrighteous? And then there are the ‘rules’ – the things we do that will secure our ticket to heaven and the things that will send us straight to hell. The Bible gave us the original ten, and down through the centuries more ‘rules’ were added. Are the additions guidelines, suggestions, or deal-breakers for entry into heaven? No wonder religion is fodder for Hollywood series and films.
The truth of the matter is no one knows for sure if there are actual places called heaven and hell, what gets one admitted or excluded, and what thoughts, words, or deeds are expressly forbidden. We could all be wrong or we could all be right. What if spirituality is a many-faceted jewel and we all have different interpretations based on our vantage point. Collectively, our vantage points would form a complete picture, would they not?
I don’t have an issue with organized religion until others try to force it down the throats of those who chose a different journey. Our spiritual journeys need to make sense to us, otherwise we learn nothing. If we simply participate in rituals for the sake of being part of the larger whole there is no benefit to ultimately bring about change. Spiritual journeys should point us inward, shine the light of Divine Love on the heart and all of its nooks and crannies flushing out limiting beliefs and life patterns of thought, word, and deed that do not serve our higher purpose or self. Allowing the light of Divine Love to illuminate the inward being gives us perspective, coaxes the wisdom within to come forward and we find ourselves changing, little by little. And isn’t that what spirituality is all about? Serving the higher self and the higher purpose?
Question the status quo. There isn’t only one right way to do anything in life as long as it brings about change for the better, for us and for the world as a whole…..