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Come to Eric's Church today. Especially atheists are invited.

Updated on December 8, 2013

That really is a church down there!

That is the other notion of a church -- a place of refuge.
That is the other notion of a church -- a place of refuge. | Source

Howdy folks!

Church is a funny notion. Best church I ever was in was not one. A big old tree that gave shade and we sat in the grass and looked into love. That is a church. Perhaps fancy Christians will begin to get uneasy. I hope so. "Uneasy" is where we need to be. What we want to do for church is to get all comfy and joyous, so we can look at issues and jump into them in a secure and open and free place.

Today we are talking about a crazy dude that hung out "down by the river". I am telling you this preacher man is my good buddy. But he hung out eating bugs and wild honey. And he cussed the politicians and so he got his head cut off. Well it was the ladies around the politicians that really had his head served up on a platter.


We have a special Choir singing Hallelujah. He sings like an angel, but one we do not recognize.

A fine church right here where my buddy and I loosened our packs and gave thanks for 2 billion year old rocks. Guess what, my hiking buddy of near 40 years is n

A spot to pray and give thanks to an amazing creation.
A spot to pray and give thanks to an amazing creation. | Source

A voice crying in the wilderness

So as the story goes there was this guy hanging out and teaching and preaching repentance. Now repentance is best described, i think, as turning around. Walking in a new and better direction. First we got to get out of denial and see the error of our way. Then we have to give a decision over to a "higher power" and follow this new direction away from wrong and into a path of love.

It really is cool to do.

Forgive and forget and move on!!

So when you start walking this new way you also get to lay down your pack and you get to leave it right there. You get to walk now free of guilt for the first time in your life. And yes you can also leave your ego right along with that weight of guilt. Now I am not saying you need to leave your food and water and clothes behind. Camel skin robes, big leather belts and eating locust and honey and sleeping in the dirt is not for everyone. And martyrs are fine but they get a bit tedious in the day to day.

But free people are a joy and a great thing to be near. So let us go see this man in the wilderness let us turn ourselves around, but let us not go crazy with it.

Wow look at this saint who came to sing with us. He makes us tingle with his love.

Put your feet back on higher ground

So this fellow John the Baptist is said to have baptized over 300,000 folks. By today's standards that would be about a billion. But who is counting ;-) He was a rock star of epic proportions. And he did it all on spirituality. That is really very awesome and powerful.

But that is only part of the really cool thing about this guy named John. John told followers that there was another guy coming around that was so great that even he could not be worthy enough to touch his shoes.

Whoa!! What happened to this "rock star's" Ego?

Well he did not have one. Think of that.

This guy will bite you given just a chance.

Watch out for rattlers. Folks who rattle on, should be watched carefully.
Watch out for rattlers. Folks who rattle on, should be watched carefully. | Source

Now even though sermons are supposed to last long enough to be boring and Hubs are supposed to be longer.....

I think that all of us have plenty here to think about. We do not need to go have an epiphany or even give away all our money. We really just need to think about our church. The one we are in right now. If you really need to you can do it for God. But I ask today that you do it for you and for others.

What I am talking about here is turning around something in your life from the negative to the positive.

I had moved on from a career that was high profile and glorified and profitable. A tragic loss by way of my wife divorcing me had devastated me. I found solace working for my brother. Nothing fancy and I thought I was just subservient to my brother Brian. I liked it and it was secure and paid bills and lacked responsibility.

Now one night my brother called me to his office. Poured us large glasses of Glen Levitt and began a speech about how he had denied who he was and that that had caused him conflict.

And then he explained to me that the positions I had in life were almost irrelevant to my impact on others. He gave me two examples of folk that came to him about me. And then he said "Eric you cut a wide swath and you effect others, know that the direction you take others will notice"

Now my brothers and sisters know that my brother was talking to me about you. You effect others. John effected others and his church was the dirt and water. It does not matter where or who we are. It matters how we effect others for that is the temple upon which others and others and others will find peace.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Isn't that funny --- you are tooting your own horn of "no need" for ego yet in tooting that mindset you are tooting you own horn as better that another.

      Disclaim all you want, but I will believe my eyes on this one. It is like complaining about someone complaining.

      Again read my latest hub. It will enlighten you. I use "me" so as not to offend you. But you are offended by me.

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      Righteous Atheist 3 years ago

      I have no wish or need to toot my horn. I am interested in why you feel the need to toot yours though. ;)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      righteous let us toot your horn. I am following you and look forward to learning about you. I think I shall learn from you along with others.

      Watch for my next hub it is all about you.

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      Righteous Atheist 3 years ago

      How odd that you toot your own horn so often in that case. Wouldn't have thought that was much to crow about, yet that is all you seem to do. We have plenty of examples of that all around. :(

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am afraid my friend most often I am an example of a flawed human condition. I thank you for that refreshing trust.

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      Righteous Atheist 3 years ago

      Example of what exactly? Feel free to use me however you want.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I use myself in order to show example. If you would like me to use you I would be happy to. But I have not that right unless you tell me so.

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      Righteous Atheist 3 years ago

      So - you invited me hear to read this and I got nothing but another lecture about how great Eric is and how much he affects other people. I will give you another chance to show me though. ;)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How fantastic the design that teaches us through examples. How can we misinterpret John?

      MsDora you know I think you are one of these examples that teaches, thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Brother Eric, I hear you! Let's all find our place in the body of believers which comprise God's church. The story of John the Baptist giving honor to One greater than He is a powerful example of servant-leadership. Thank you for this article.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Brian, yesterday we had a beautiful sunny day so we got together under a big Norfolk pine and talked about connection with the earth and the heavens. (funny most the young people did not want to sit in the grass even after the fully got that John slept in the dirt -- Life is good)

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      I go to church every morning right here in silence on the floor in my house. Sometimes I talk to God and give thanks, and other times I sit real still and find myself. And quite often I ask for forgiveness so I can move on and try again. And by the way, you're the only guy I know who can make locusts and honey sound so appealing.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harishprasad thank you much. When we take our Religious PC out of our range of thought we are free to "feel learn" and that is nice.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I wonder what He was doing up there. Maybe looking for you? Thank you. For showing Him to me in the good works and kindness that is Bill.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      A car goes as far as the fuel in the tank takes it and a guy learns as much as h/she has the capacity to hear, read, think and contemplate without restrictions, without bias and without conditionings. Like a free bird, our soul roams around the whole existence and picks up nectar. Eric, you have gathered all it already and are now on your way to distribute among us. Really a soul-stirring experience ! Such a great hub is this !

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I found God on Mt. Rainier. Not that he was lost of anything; I just wasn't looking in the right place all along. :) Have a great day my friend.