Eric's Sunday Sermon; Everything Lies; Paris Atrocities
This is a beautiful place
Let me go all rag tag on you my faithful listeners of my sermons.
(this one is filled with drastic implications, expression and brutal truth about each one of us. It is not a feel good article. It is about you whether you like it or not - everybody lies)
I am faced with my own mortality. Non-hodgkins lymphoma, a recurrence and nothing that we cannot whoop. But it gives pause and my pause leads me to sermonize, to share so you get a grip on your mortality. And that you lie.
It was a dusty nasty windblown Sunday afternoon. We were there to show off how we donated water purification stuff to a desert of humanity. I cried a thousand tears that day and questioned God. Deus meus ut quid dereliquisti. What was I to make of a child dying in my arms? God lied to me through others or there was no God. We were in a City Dump of one of the largest Cities on Earth and people lived there to make the best of what came. Men born there who had babies there. How could it be? My God would not allow such suffering. I hated God. Join me in hating him. This cannot be. A baby dead before life gave her two full gulps of air in freshness. How can it be? How can I live seeing such hell on earth?
Well peoples I have to tell you that people lie. Life is sordid and our lives complex. Is it different for the men who wrote the Torah, Quran and New Testament? We would like to think "God Inspired" but man made. Pardon me. Agendas come into play. That which is the will of God gets twisted and changed by man.
Sorry about that; Deus meus ut quid dereliquisti me means "God why have you forsaken me". My father forced me through advice to learn some Latin, what did he know he was a Jesuit turned doctor.
I was twisted in my perception of the reality of man. I trusted. And that is right but it is wrong. God does not lie but man lies.
Perhaps that piqued your interest. Perhaps you said to yourself, "if man lies so does Eric", bravo for you! Let us look at what a lie is.
Perhaps love is not a lie
This tree fell to the ground.
What do you see?
I see problems sometimes. Is that a lie? Is it true as Kipling wrote: If we can see tragedy and triumph and treat those two impostors just the same. So we seek truth. Oh God how we seek truth! Who killed who in Paris? I am heartbroken that my God allowed this to happen. Everybody lies.
God does not lie, so man must lie. Love does not allow for hate. Let me die rather than face that love hates. What do we make of hate? No it is not a man's destiny. It is warped because other men lie.
My son and I attend a new church every 8th Sunday or so. We went to one last week. The music and the greetings were awesome. My son clapped hands and stood to the music, we were happy. Then the preacher man started and he began to preach hate of LGBT and tattoes of all things. We got the hell out of there and my son asked me why. I told him that people lie. You can find hate wherever you look but to say that a religion hates folk who do not conform is a lie. People lie.
I remember when I lost my mind. It was a great day. Sure they wanted to lock me up and turn to each other and wonder what happened. I lost my mind. Hallelujah. I got my mojo and my humph and my spirit in full. But I had lost my mind. (do not try this at home as it is dangerous) I realized that men lie. What is reality is not my reality. I am loony tunes. Do you mean what you say?
I love your shirt. I like that idea. I can feel your pain. What damned lies we tell.
But we are not full of it. Now take that to the next level.
We know this is a tough hill to climb
All of that just to get to a point of why people hate. People lie. The Paris atrocity is not isolated. This is what happens when people lie. Somebody somewhere told the terrorists that it was the right thing to do. Somebody lied. How can man need so much to be right that he twists and turns into a reality that allows killing innocents? I am sorry but we are taught from a wonderfully young age to lie and accept lies to make what we must do better. But do we really need to? No we do not. One can find a scripture of some sort to justify mass murder. That is the ultimate lie for it must be taken out of context and worried into some notion of God.
Time and place. We love to take what man has written through inspiration from God and apply it to us now. What fallacy. What a lie. That which was written to bring man out of darkness is not intended to bring man back to darkness. In the Old Testament we can find oodles of reference to what can nowadays be considered genocide and wrong. If someone told you to leave your common current good sense at the door - they lied.Whatever rationale that was used to oppress your good sense is a lie. We have free will but we are not free to commit atrocities. How easy is that truth. But some, somewhere bastardize the notion to consume us with hate and so atrocities are acceptable. I question just how much good is given to us. Is it strong enough to deny lies?
Not for me. I was not at birth given to enough good, to resist evil. I need a fix, okay a constant fix, of good to combat the evil that creeps into my mind. People lie. I must resist the lies. I must ask for guidance on a regular basis - minute by minute.
I pray today
I pray today
I pray of course for our victims in Paris, for they are ours. Humanity is so tied together that we feel one single loss of our brothers. How wonderful.
I pray for the souls of the fellow humans that have bought the lies. Who kill based upon some justification that is a lie. I buy the lies, I know hate. I am ashamed and recover from that shame daily. We are not perfect but we can strive to be better.
A lesson learned from the atrocities.
Do you hate anything? Do you just hate broccoli? Get rid of it now before it consumes you. No you are not likely to explode a bomb or fire off 100 rounds into a school but you feed hate when you hate. Love is beautiful. Love is all that. Hate is the same. It transfers to and infects others. Get rid of the hate. Squash it like a bug that is harmful, like a mosquito. Own your hate and kick it to the curb like yesterdays bad garbage. Trash it. For what small hate lives in you, you were taught because everybody lies. Parents do no lie to your children. Teach them love. Hate is a lie.
Now about bible thumpers. It is a lie. The Bible is made Holy not by God. It is made Holy by how we revere it. If we read something therein and it speaks of hate, we have most assuredly misread it. If it convinces us of love then we have read it truthfully and can spread that word. Hate from any scripture is a lie. Man lies. Do not buy the lie.