A Haiku - Religion

Meditating on "What is believing?"

In knowing my Self I choose to believe another.
In knowing my Self I choose to believe another. | Source

Is there what is called "a belief system"?



A life wondering

Such questions as existence,

Brings me to this point.


I believe I know

That life has meaning for us.

That there is purpose.


Explore that purpose.

Seek understanding of it.

Our lives have meaning.


Love of God, of Self,

Neighbors we can't always see,

Our best, their best, do.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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win-winresources 4 years ago from Colorado

Hello Perspycacious-

Interesting topic for a weekend.

I have always believed and lived my life (and taught my children) that we, absolutely know what religion is right for us. Simultaneously, we have absolutely no idea what is the right religion for anyone else. That's their choice.

Proselytizing, a corner stone to many religions, is not a part of mine. As a matter of fact, converting to Judaism is a time and energy ordeal, if sanctioned at all.

To me, honestly and truly living one's religion is the highest ideal. Selling one's religion is not. It is intrusive, arrogant and condescending.

When confronted at my front door a few years back, and after hearing several minutes of salespitch, I was moved to ask, "What would I have to tell them for them to change their religion?" First, stunned silence. Then vehement protestations that, "There is NOTHING I could possibly say that would make them change their religion."

I asked them to grant me the same courtesy.

-DW


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Very nice thoughts. We live by faith not by sight. For me,the only reason we are still here is to glorify Him, and we do that by loving others, as was just dicussed in another hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper


stessily 4 years ago

Perspycacious, Such a superbly concise poem you've crafted about meaning and purpose in life. These are words to live by, to be inspired by, to learn from. UABI + sharing.

Kind regards, Stessily


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

win-winresources: That rebuttal to the response you received worked. Had they replied with "Teach me a greater truth" what might you have said?


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

stessily: Thank you for sharing with me. I'm looking forward to returning the favor and compliments.


win-winresources 4 years ago from Colorado

Perspycacious-

Easy, I would have invited them to explore and investigate on their own. It's not my place to decide what religion is best for them, nor even to know what their "greater truth" might be.

-DW


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

As a Christian, I believe that Jesus was given life among us to deliver the Hebrews, and that the greatest gift the God who gave you and me life has given us both is free agency, while the greatest gift we can give God is a life of righteous service to any and all of His children, as in this kind of love quoting Jesus: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."

As you would have directed me, if I had been the one at your door, I have explored and investigated, and this is what I have found for my life.


win-winresources 4 years ago from Colorado

Perspycacious-

I am pleased that you have found your "greater truth", and wish you a life of the solace it brings.

My solace and joy comes from a different source, arising from my investigation. I trust you wish the same for me as well.

From my perspective, there is no competition, only free personal choice for each person to adopt that which makes them feel holy.

Individual belief, as long as it does not abridge the rights of others, is just that, individual belief.

-DW


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

win-winresources: I used the phrase "greater truth" in a hypothetical question, not as an assertion of actually possessing "greater truth" than anyone else. We are admonished to "Seek out truth where truth is to be found" and that is without limits as long as that is the goal. I respect your privilege and that of your family and anyone to worship how, where, and what you will, and ask only the same privilege in return. May it always be so.


win-winresources 4 years ago from Colorado

Perspycacious-

Indeed. And may it always be. As Jews, we have sought nothing more for 5,772 years.

May we all live in freedom and peace.

-DW


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

win-winresources: Amen.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Praise be to God now and always. I'd hug the world if I could but there is only one little me and one huge world only wish everyone felt that way and there would be peace and love everywhere. God bless.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee: Treat yourself to a poem appropriate to mothers on Mothers Day, and give yourself a hug from all of us.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

I believe the deepest truth of all religions is giving the followers or mankind a purpose to strive for...

May it be Christianity, Hinduism, Islam or Judaism... religion is not meant to discriminate or break up the world into a fragment of feudalism rather.. make it rise above these petty feelings...

I respect the holistic view the term Religion means in its deepest forms- Historically and politically correct forms

Your haikus certainly connect me to that aspect and make me respect it all the more :)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rahul0324: Not purposefully I am sure, but you left out Buddhism and surely other "-isms". One of the great teachings of Buddhism is to do nothing that would hurt another. That encompasses a great many reponsible teachings of other faiths...including the "petty feelings" you mentioned. Thanks for being such a sustained follower of what I think to write.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

This was a great poem, short but sweet. I believe there is a purpose for each of us being here, but what that purpose is, still mystifies me.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

dmop: I currenty think it is to learn to exercise self-discipline and do the good we can while living righteously. The full purpose we may one day learn, but probably in the life which follows this one.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

great poem Demas...


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

raciniwa: I am glad you liked it. Yours are great, too.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

dmop: Explore your talents, interests, and special abilities. Rather than seeking to know the purpose for all of humanity, seek to know the purpose for you being here. Rest assured that there is one, and finding it is worth the search.

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