Si Vales, Valeo
As I have stated elsewhere, religion is the celebration of the spirit at best. At worst, it is an attempt to codify something which is an extremely personal experience which should not be subject to judgement by anyone else. Maybe that is why you think I define religion with such a wide brush. I realize that Christianity sees itself as being much more than that, and for that reason I find your questions challenging. It isn’t often I get mail from Catholics.
Problems begin to occur when trying to compare one’s experience with the experience of others in order to justify or verify one’s beliefs, methods or experiences. It is futile, and millions of people have perished since time immemorial fighting over these highly personal epiphanies. You believe in pink, rainbow farting unicorns. I believe in pink elephants with purple polka dots that smell like margaritas when they belch.
So, what? That doesn’t mean I hate you, or that you are insecure about your beliefs or methods any more than I am of mine.
But if you are searching for that “one truth,” (and I believe emphatically that there is Truth), then we are going to have to do our own work and be so busy meditating, praying, doing rituals, reading, researching, and so busy with our own Work to concern ourselves too much with what everyone else is doing. Magick is not like the card game, where you compare and trade cards.
People spend a lot of time and effort insulting one another over things that could not possibly be proven one way or another. Nothing good could ever come from this, and one’s time would be best spent on one’s own Work. Personally, for as much as I have opinions, I disclose very little of my own personal Work, and those of you that may have read that little book I published, which was intended for my children understand why: I think kissing and telling is bad form. It debases the experience people try so hard to achieve. Furthermore, to disclose everything robs other individuals of the excitement and exhilaration involved with solving mysteries for one’s self. And how else could it possibly be for those of us that are Gnostics?
I can say with certainty, that I have many problems with Christians about Christianity. Something I have studied using the works of historians, language academics, and people who don’t have a pony in the race. In other words, I have approached the study of that religion unemotionally as possible, and my sources come from people who approach it using the scientific method. I can’t argue on subjects of “faith,” or if we begin with the premise that the Bible is the “word of The One True God,” because that premise, that foundation on which the argument is given an audience is flawed. I cannot approach that foundation as a proper vehicle for Truth.
Religion will draw in people who experience reality in similar ways. That is what religion does.
Therefore, I walk away from arguments. As I have said earlier, you have your own work to do. I may not agree with how you are going about it, but it doesn’t mean I don’t respect you, or love you. It just means that while it may be true that we are attempting to get to the same place, we are each taking the road which seems the most logical for each of us. That’s all.