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Thoughts on religion

Religion is a funny thing some times, right? I've been thinking a little more about religion lately than usual -- suffice to say sometimes that isn't saying much, but still -- and it's getting a little bit odd.

First of all, I find myself listening to Jesus Christ Superstar about every other day at work. Now I must admit, it is a great album (it's harder to describe an album about Jesus as 'Kickass' than you may think) and I really do like listening to it. But when I wake up in the morning with 'Superstar' sung by Judas in my head, something's wrong.

When I wake up thinking in computer terms something's also wrong. That's another story. I'm getting spooked. I wake up thinking about syntaxes or archives or something like that ... but applied to real life. This morning (24/08/1998) I decided to get a couple minutes sleep since 'I hadn't installed all the packages' and then got a mental picture of some filenames.

Whoa, heavy.

Anyway, back to religion. I've also been thinking about religious conviction in general. How serious am I about God and church? Sometimes it seems pretty ritualistic (Not in *that* sense. Perhaps 'routine' would be a better word) like brushing my teeth or going to work. How can I get more out of it? Do I need to get more out of it? After all, general consensus is that I'm a pretty decent person. Now good works a ticket to heaven do not make, but it's not the worst way to spend your time.

God's pretty forgiving, right? So as long as I accept Jesus as my Savior and am baptized I'm okay, right?

I don't know for sure. That's where faith comes in.

Faith. A song by George Michael. A word almost as tough to pin down as 'love'.

What is faith to me? It's the unquestioning belief in something that cannot be proven. I guess.

So what's the question? I've always had an open mind toward the Scriptures at least since I read Revelation X, the second Book Of The SubGenius. Part of it details the life of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, Avatar of Slack and Saviour of the Yeti. Back in my more impressionable days I ate that stuff up. I did realize, though, that as outrageous as some of the Book seemed to be, the Bible has similarly outlandish stories. Walking on water? Spontaneous creation of food? Voices from the sky?

Now, none of these can top the part about launching the Bleeding Head Of Arnold Palmer, a ritual that Must Be Performed for some reason or another, but hey, when the Book was written, it was satire, after all.

But it did get me thinking. If I could believe the Bible, why couldn't I believe the "Bob"? Just because one has been around a lot longer and the other was already wrong about the end of the world (The Flying Saucers of the Sex Goddesses were supposed to land July 5 of 2001) doesn't mean that it's not The Way. Or so I think.

So needless to say, I'm *not* a fundamentalist. I am a Christian, though.

By creed I guess I am a Lutheran, Missouri-Synod, with leanings toward the left of the spectrum. I don't agree with some things my churches profess, such as the sinfulness of homosexuality and other such issues, but generally I fit in with them well.

Heck, I used to be part of a group *leading* services. Singing.

The other day I was thinking that faith isn't always a church thing. I long ago accepted the concepts of Science on faith, since I will never satisfactorily perform or witness conclusive proof of much of it at all. Heck, they're still working on relativity.

... Blessed are they who believe and have not seen, for they shall get passing grades ...

Needless to say, I believe in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, and God. Not necessarily in that order.

How about you?