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My God Is Better Than Your God

Updated on July 4, 2011
Thank you alicepopkorn on flickr.com for the use of this beautiful photo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alicepopkorn/
Thank you alicepopkorn on flickr.com for the use of this beautiful photo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alicepopkorn/




I see your anger

For I don't believe as you do

Would you have us be copies

Created in carbon

Just like you, I am convinced

My path is the correct one

I look at you squirming down there

in your illusions

Righteous in my loving open mind

Watching wisdom wash

New layers into view

Yesterday's reality must be discarded

At once I feel indignant in my growth

And ashamed at at my hypocrisy


In that wispy place tween wake and dream

Tenderly as if I were a child

Truth reveals itself to me

The dichotomy of our unity

Is in the seeking of diversity

New desire, new experience

The plan, ourselves to expand

Continually arriving at new beliefs

Just one, at play, are we

Be gentle in your judgment of me

For you are judging the freckle

On your own hand

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    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Claudia. Interesting prompt today I thought.

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      claudia schoenfeld 

      6 years ago

      yep...we should be gentle in our judgement...or better not judge at all..great to see you in the pub randy

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Brian. Thanks for stopping by.

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      brian miller 

      6 years ago

      hey you...feels like its bee a while...zealous religeosity has taken many a life...love how you end it with the freckle on your own hand....

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Chazzy Chazz. An open heart and an open mind seems to work for me. I appreciate you comment.

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      Chazzy Chazz 

      6 years ago

      It such a difficult road to tread when we discuss our beliefs with others and the beliefs differ. As you say, one must realize that differences are important and we should accept that. I come down on the side of uncertainty and the awareness that no human can ever expect to understand the Transcendent relity, if in some way is. I want to always be open to newer revelations, newer realities. Thank you for bringing these questions to your readers, which you have said so well.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Alright flying fish I'm on my way to read you some more. Thanks for the great comment.

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      flying_fish 

      7 years ago from GTA

      You seem to come at it from a different angle than I did, but you know alright - "In that wispy place tween wake and dream" - that place where Truth finds its way to any of us, in whatever way it may. I think you'd like "Where You Came From" - there's ANOTHER beautiful wispy place where Truth can show up wonderfully...

      Thanks so much Randy, for reading, and greater thanks for your writing!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you kind sir.

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      BenWritings 

      7 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

      Lovely :D

      you, ma'am, are a genius

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I'm guessing half. Are you one?

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      jonathanfb 

      7 years ago

      Wow, that's deep. I wonder how many people actually understand it though.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      So glad you "get it." If there was no one who thought themselves better than another, just think, we would have to war, no racism, no sexism... sigh.

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      Paul Buckle 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sending me over Randy, you've highlighted the hypocrisy of righteousness here very nicely and laid out an alternative. I just read recenty that of the seven deadly sins in the Christian tradition, pride has been described as the deadliest; it's what got Lucifer thrown out of heaven as the story goes. When righteousness becomes pride and we feel superior to others because we have found 'the one true religion' then we're in need of deeper contemplation, I think.

      You describe the process of gaining wisdom in a lovely way here:

      "In that wispy place tween wake and dream

      Tenderly as if I were a child

      Truth reveals itself to me"

      Wisdom is gentle like these lines and we are all her children.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hugs back.

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      blackreign2012 

      8 years ago

      Such raw truth and emotion I enjoyed reading ~hugs~

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Nice meet you Epigramman!

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      what an evocative provocative title!!

      your writing deserves hall of fame treatment.

      by the way - another great title (a song by the Tubes)

      I WAS A PUNK BEFORE YOU WERE A PUNK!!!

    • Enigmatic Me profile image

      8 years ago from East Coast Canada

      The dignity of aging is lost in our society. I fear that my wanting to return to a simpler time will be wraught with commercials of lotions and tonics and creams.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Don't try to go back Enigmatic. You are supposed to forget the perfection from which you came to learn, to experience, to play. You'll get back to "2" someday. No worries. :)

    • Enigmatic Me profile image

      8 years ago from East Coast Canada

      To see through the eyes of my 2 yr old would probably bring me to tears. The realities and naivities would be overwhelming. Simpler the better, and to find ourselves in what we once were would be invigorating.... now how do I return to the me I once knew?

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you for the compliment Philip. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

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      philip carey 61 

      8 years ago

      I liked this. It makes a point, and it's beautifully written.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      You are so sweet to say so, thanks Trooper.

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      trooper22 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Randy, of all of your wonderful work, I think this touched me the deepest. A breath taking work of soul,faith, and tolerance.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I'm glad you enjoyed it James. Why we need other's to think and be like us, is beyond me. Fear, I suppose.

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      James J Mills 

      8 years ago from Northern California

      A wonderful thought to start a new year. Its a shame that our gods (or their so called representatives) have made us so rigid in our judgement of others. I like the poem a lot. Thanks, JM

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      No, thank you.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Came back to re-freshen my mind! Thanks

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Happy New year AIDY and congrats on being the Poetess with mostess (ya I voted for you) Hugs back.

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      Am I dead, yet? 

      8 years ago

      I agree with this one Randy--judge me not if you fail to judge yourself. Your words are much for contemplation--give them something to ponder!

      Happy New Year to you--dearest Randy -hugs-

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks for coming by Raven. As long as there is aha moments there is growth. Gotta love that.

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      Raven King 

      8 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Excellent Randy!

      This is how reality is presented with light and dark, opposing forces, but what is most interesting is looking at someone else noticing the difference first followed by an aha moment to be able to see another in one's self.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks for coming by you two.

      love and light :)

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      Patricia Costanzo 

      8 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

      Diversify Jess, diversify.

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      Jess Killmenow 

      8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      "The dichotomy of our unity"

      Yes, indeed.

      Thank you

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Its fun to share beliefs with someone... or food, but fun to expand our thinking or tastes based on another's. Don't you think? Nice to see you again, by the way. Cheers!

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      Candie V 

      8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Randy, we must always double check our motives when speaking to others about our own beliefs on any subject.. religion, parenting, food.. we each bring into everything biases and knowledge not everyone shares. Thank you for your poem and your heart! Happy New Year, my friend!

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      Cris A 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I'm sure we're not - childish maybe. But as to your second question, I'd say it's possible as we have the tendency to overrate our maturity. :D

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      What if we are still just children Cris, playing hide and seek with ourselves. What if the "grown-up-ness" is just an illusion?

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      Cris A 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      If at all possible, yes. But not forgetting we were all children once might do the trick. :D

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Ahh, then the goal should be the return to innocence.

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      Cris A 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wait till you meet my god! LOL

      Seriously, the loss of innocence is an inevitabiliy. Unfortunately, we fail to realize that it happens to all of us. If it weren't the case, then why do we misunderstand one another?

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks for the thumbs up Blaise. I don't go into the forums... they scare me. :)

      Thanks Micky Dee. You're welcome.

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      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Life is judgement Dohn, Its too cold, too expensive, too crowded, too beautiful. Judgement of religion is one I think we could do without though.

      Morning Invictus always nice to see you as well. I'm glad you liked this one. Check out that lady of flickr; she has a lot of cool stuff in her spiritual and mystical art set.

      Hi Alekhouse. This poem, I suppose, has been rattling around in my brain for years. Needed to put it down.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very nice. Thanks for the hub.

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      Fehl Dungo 

      8 years ago from close to you...

      thumbs up for this Randy! hope some people in the forum would read this one to somehow end the debates.. ;p

      Blessed New Year!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Wow! This is really good....a lot to think about. Thanks.

    • I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image

      I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 

      8 years ago

      Love this, Randy! Well said...we are all apart of the same, I feel "it" is much too vast for to be placed in a mould..

      (amazing image)

      Great to see you :) New Year Blessings to you!

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      For any of us to judge others is truly foolish. You're right, Randy. We're cut from the very same fabric. Loved this one, Randy!

      Here's wishing you and yours a Happy New Year! :D

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      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks nochance. Nice to meet you.

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      Chloe 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting. I especially like the title. It is very intriguing.

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