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The rules and regulations of Strict Bible literalists.

Updated on July 10, 2013

Let it be just let it be, a crazy world. Kick back and love.

Are not they cool?
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I am a very bad man. Bummer for me, but maybe good for you.

The Bible has over 200 translations. The Bible has over 100 copyrights. There are over two hundred new editors of bibles. Nowadays to hold one up and declare it the word is tenuous at best.

We know in our hearts what good is, for it was placed there we did not learn it.

I hugged my wife and child today. I told them I love them. My boy likes my sermons in church, my wife is correctly afraid to be proud. We have a whole lot a love. So much that we share it with those who do not. And we give it away as fast as we can. Because letting love go stale is nasty business. It has to be bought anew each day, each hour and each moment.

I get a lot of my stuff from the bible but more from you and you and you and life. I got the gift of gab. I do my best to refrain from gossip.

We just love life. Wow did we have a fight last night. We rocked and rolled into the yard and back to the garage and into the bathroom. I let out every resentment known to man. And she let out every one known to woman. Ten minutes later we were hugging in the bathroom as our boy played in the bath with Shamu and Namu.


How about that wisdom. Can we just let it be and be free?

I think my mamma and my pappy are proud of me.

Can you say that? Well if you cannot - Jump back Jack and rethink it. Your mamma and your pappy love you. Get over it. It just is. I know I am one, pappy that is. Well what do you know,? God may not love me but he loves my children. Ha ha ha ha, pay attention! I am someones child also.

I am so loved, I just shivered in 90 degree heat just thinking of the love I got. I love you. Yep you are an idiot and a nonbeliever and a hypocrite --- I do not care, I love you. Murderers, thieves, tax collectors and felon on reprieves I love you. Beat me I still love you.

Born sinful? That is a tough one.

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So some trippy dude comes along and tells me that this guy is bad and that thought is wrong.

"Whoa monkey head" is what I said. That dude there is a blasphemer and that gal there is a whore and that guy there is a drug addict and that man is a dishonest shopkeeper. I just gave 'em all a buck shook their hands and hugged a couple. The good guys do not need what I got!

Then I says: "really? you got to follow rules in order to know God? What a concept! Tell me these rules. Where do I find them? No shit..! they are in the bible? And the Bible tells me to shun the whore and addict. Well now I say that is too hard for me. Let me be Bible man.

I did not walk away unscathed but rather sad and disheartened.

How does a man take the word of a loving wonderful God and make of it hate?

I suppose if you tried you could find something wrong with this picture.

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So like i inclinated I am bad by thumpers concepts.

I just planted some seeds in my garden and swapped food with my neighbor widow lady and I taught my son about "happy birthday America". I helped my wife with chores. And I hung flags out for our country celebration. And I counseled a youth on the phone that his doubts are my doubts and that is OK.

But I am a bad man because I do not condemn those who have been called to a different loving path. I am bad because I love sinners. And I think they are the least of us and therefor the first of us.

I think a Buddhist God and a Earth Spirit God and a Muslim God and on and on are just fine, for those who chose them. I like my belief but I think God created all beliefs.

I am condemned for that love. I reckon I would rather love today and go to hell, than hate today and go to hell. I might be wrong and bad, but I like the effect it has on people and the love in the eyes of my people when I speak of unadulterated love. Maybe feeling so good is bad, but that would be sad.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Beautifully put. That understanding concept sure does help us to stay balanced and accepting.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think God likes it when we sit on an old fence and give him a chit chat. Sometimes I get insecure and ignore the fact that He does know my heart. Thank you friend.

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      ahorseback 17 months ago

      So Eric , I was sitting on an old fence the other day chatting with God and the conversation was about just this issue , God , now he knows I don't like crowds , uncomfortable in and group , especially in a boxy building full of any and all kinds of people . And he said to me ,

      "Don't worry about man's hypocrisy , I know your heart "....and after a rather long silence where I felt rather uncomfortable he said again ....

      "I know your heart "...........

      So Eric my friend don't worry We know your heart !

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      Shannon 17 months ago from Texas

      Too many people turn away from the person instead of what they can't handle. Or claim to care but then act otherwise whenever misunderstandings and misinterpretations arise. It's sounds so simple to me - understand why someone acted a certain way or reacted, etc. and then it is harder to nurture any negative feelings or thoughts toward that person. But what do I know?

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am glad that you liked this Shanmarie. It was written a while ago, perhaps I should dust it off. Love is always the bottom line.

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      Shannon 17 months ago from Texas

      And I, Sir Eric, love this hub. And you, of course. People are meant to be loved. :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Be careful who you tell about that overwhelming happy. They wrapped in a jacket and diagnosed me for such feelings. OK not really but close. I think with what you just shared we are closer than my eyelash and eyelid.

      Thank you

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      LOL. Well, I'm glad to have met you here. Sometimes, I just get overwhelming emotional thinking about God and His Love. I don't know what sets it off. Yesterday morning, I had read some of your posts, some of Jacqui's, and some others. By afternoon, I was meeting my daughter after she got off work to go get our haircuts. I was so overwhelmed with emotion driving her way... in a VERY GOOD way. I wish you and your wife didn't live so far as I would love to meet you... and your little one(s).

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Abby I believe that God is everywhere. And the only thing I have seen everywhere in the world that I have gone is Love. Truly an Alpha/Omega Omnipresent being must be an energy type source. That energy for us is love. I really am not impressed with "Bible PC word Focused People". But I can discern a heart. Yours is in contact with mine.

      My wife is cool. She gets jealous. Isn't that a blessing.

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Oh, Eric! I am so glad I read this message. Though I loved your sense of humor and your ways of thinking, I wasn't sure if I had to tiptoe when I respond to you being a preacher. LOL. After reading this hub, I know that God placed you in my path... just as He has done with many others here on HP.

      Just this morning, I was responding to another hubber named Jacqui (jlpark) who is an excellent writer, a gay married woman, and one who studies her Bible tremendously. She really makes one think in some of her hubs, especially on the topic of homosexuality. But, was venting my feelings on the church and God's love in response to some of her hubs. After reading this particular hub of yours, it seems that our hearts are one. Now that sounds kind of strange, and I don't want your wife getting upset with me so let me elaborate just a bit more. ;) Our hearts are actually one... One in our Lord. Correct? He lives in us, so we should be one. Because He is love, that love is within our hearts is to be shared with the world (Christian or not). I love your heart! ;)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sir Colin, what you gleam from life is such a gift. You show people how to look at things differently. And in that we get a gift from you that allows us to expand our judgment and treatment of all creatures great and small.

      The Bible for me, helps me to look at life from a different perspective. A perspective whose only lens is that of love.

      (did you know that the most horrible poems you ever wrote are not nearly as gruesome as some Old Testament stuff) So like our Old Testament you help us see a different side of life, to be stirred into our great pot of wisdom. And as the fine fine Reverend of Life Alfred E. Newman taught us we are bold to say: "What Me Worry?"

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      To tell you the truth Sir Eric I've read more pages from the Rev. Alfred E. Newman and Mad magazine than I have from the Holy Bible.

      Now that is not to say I don't respect the Good book but for me it's not always the book itself but the man who is holding it.

      And you my friend always tantalize my imagination and reality with your infinite wisdom and one of a kind writing style.

      You are a true original and the 'original' classy gentleman of Hubpages.

      Sending to you my sincere warmest wishes from Colin and his cat crew at lake erie time canada 12:39pm and listening to an all male choral group called Chanticleer

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      Christopher Antony Meade 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      The kind of stuff you spread should be safe enough.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chris, I hope you know you made my day. I suppose I do a lot of spreading because when I do, it gets spread back on me. I better be careful with that.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Anyone can spread "sham" love around the place and indeed many do it and become millionaires because of it. But the love you spread around Eric is real and, amazingly, for everyone. That's what makes you one of the great treasures of this site.

      Keep on spreadin.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      If that old cup is all filled with life and love, there ain't much room for trouble. Friendships should be treasured and I treasure you MsDora.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you're all about life and love. A pleasure to know. God bless you!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My friend i am sorry for how WE treat you. But i am amazed at how you treat me. Just now I fell to a knee and said "thank you God for Gus". My nation and my God treasure you and your Bride.

      I am not a soldier. But i took a bullet once, running away. Congo in 75.

      I am sure that I am right to hold you in esteem for serving me. Bullshit with the Country crap. You spent a life protecting me. It is personal . And you spent a life upholding what I hold dear, marriage. That lady must be something to deserve you. And your something to deserve her. You have given me the best July 4th gift ever. Thank you

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Eric -

      Yeah. Today was that big six-oh. Started 4 July 1953. We had to wait until I made it to buck sergeant so we'd have enough $$$ to live on. Base pay back then was $130 a month before taxes (not many of those) and $110 month allowances in off-base housing (there was like none on base...) and rations (for not having to eat in the mess hall). Things are a lot easier for my bride and me now. No more marching, field inspections, all-night baby-sitting (CQ) the barracks, Saturday morning auditorium lectures (TIP - troop information programs) and lots more. Just a little bride to boss me around and feed me chocolate cake and peanut butter and jelly on toast. Computer works and I don't. Tell me that all of this is not just some sort of a really fine payoff. Maybe I won't have to re-enlist after all - great memories, but the pay wasn't all that great.

      Happy Independence Day.

      Gus :-)))

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nope ain't nothin crazy goin on around here. Just a bunch of love. And that ain't no kinda crazy that is all bout lovin.

      I do not know who goes to heaven. But I know who I love. And I ain't found no one yet that I don't.

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      SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

      Eric, you are getting closer. You may find this crazy, but I found God in Ozzy Osborne's song "Crazy Train".

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh My Michele, my wife can't dance a lick. She ain't got no rhythm, but she laughs and holds me hand and that is dancin ta me.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill the boy let me take a nap between chores. I feel like a million bucks -- all green and wrinkly.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Not judging others is a wonderful thing.

      I can't dance, so you and your wife will have to keep doing it.

      God bless you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love your messages of love, buddy! If you are a bad man then I'm your brother in spirit. Thank you and Happy 4th of July!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      whoa boya. Happiness abounds in my heart. Wowsa Bowsa did i read that right. I am jumping on one leg and shimmering in happiness. Really 60 years!? Well bust my chops and whip my behind. I know it ain't right but I bow in praise to you. Wow that is cooler than a bear with a honey pot. You have made my day.

      Long Live Gus and His Bride!!!

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      Gustave Kilthau 4 years ago from USA

      Howdy Eric -

      Well, praying to one of those rocks or trees that ____ made surely does beat cussing out your neighbor because he likes dirt and sunlight more than he likes rocks or trees. There's good stuff and bad stuff all around us, and it seems to be a lot more fun to enjoy the good stuff and stiff the bad stuff. The problem with thumping on bibles is that it only results in raising dust - not wisdom.

      Happy "Independence Day" ( our 60th anniversary day here - the day I lost my independence to my very tolerant and long-suffering bride).

      Gus :-)))