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The Business of Religion – 25 November 2007

Today business is booming. I’m writing about the business of religion, and today being Sunday, about most Christian churches.

Religion may be booming in this world; but is the world any better for it? And if it isn’t, why is this so?

Is it because religion is big business and each denomination tries to attract “customers” by division: criticizing competitors and planting fear in followers?

Sure, the word “love” is used; but in a manipulative way: as the exclusive right of certain followers, or as a show of concern for “unbelievers” who are quarry that “believers” set their sights on for conversion purposes, et cetera.

Where in all this is the pure, no-strings-attached love of God? In all of this complicated human interpretation of what is “godly,” where is God – God who is accessible, just, forgiving, and loving?

And since God is not physically in their midst to contradict humans, they “get away with murder,” metaphorically as well as literally – as in the case of billions of other animals sacrificed to the warped teachings of religions that choose to ignore Genesis 1:29. That’s right – “sacrificed” to satisfy the human lust for animal-derived products that can never be pleasing to the Creator who epitomizes everything kind and gentle and loving.

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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