Each morning I troll through Facebook to find out what is happening with my friends and daughter, and to see if I can find interesting things for the church website or my portion of the lodeplus.com website. This morning, my daughter sent me an article about one person’s view of the 3 greatest misconceptions in the bible.
I was in the process of responding back to my daughter with my version of the 3 greatest misconceptions in the bible when I got a message from Facebook that there was a temporary problem with my Facebook account. I tried several times to get back onto the account, and I kept getting the same message. My Facebook account was “temporarily not functioning. Please try again later.” This has never happened to me before.
While I was trying to get back to Facebook, my spirit guides reminded me that I am NOT supposed to be doing anything to challenge another person’s faith. The major problem among religions is that they keep trying to convince each other that there is one true religion and every other religion is wrong.
My view on religion is that a person that is basically following the Golden Rule in how they treat others and themselves is fine with me. It is a case-by-case evaluation. I look out into the Universe and view the world everyday and I marvel at the wonders of the creation. I am highly doubtful that the Creator cares anything at all about what I or anyone else believes about the true nature of the Creator. It will remain forever a mystery and a miracle as to how we got here and what God is “thinking”.
I can and do challenge the misguided application of a religion to exact major harm to people in the name of God. While I personally am challenged to understand the full implications of the statement “God is Love”, I am absolutely sure of the falseness of the idea that “God is Hate”. The true mark of misguided fundamentalism in any and all religions is the willingness to kill or torture those that don’t follow their particular religious belief.
Throughout history nearly all religions have been guilty of thinking that they are killing in the name of the true God. One sad example of the Cosmic Giggle was the children’s crusades that resulted in the slaughter, enslavement or torture of many thousands of children that were going to convert the infidels to Christianity through innocence and loving kindness. That didn’t work very well.
This brings me back to the concept of Cosmic Humor. I believe that the Creator set up the rules of existence, and then the Creator is watching the creation play out in all of its different forms. It is up to us to try to figure out the rules and determine how to get the best consequences from following the rules. Unfortunately the rule book is more than a little obscure. That is a major part of the Cosmic Giggle; no rules but major consequences.
The Cosmic Giggle is available to guide us to make better decisions. The temporary collapse of my Facebook account today is a good example. It didn’t have any lasting consequences beyond a reminder not to interfere in other people’s beliefs. At its best, the Cosmic Giggle will help us to learn the irony of our thoughts and actions without creating havoc in our lives. At its worst, Cosmic Humor appears as if we are bugs smeared across the cosmic windshield of life.
If you find yourself frustrated that you can’t get something done, take another look at whether you should be doing it. Appreciate the funny twists in your life that get you down the Spirit Path. If you can appreciate the irony of things that “happen for the best”, you will have more gratitude for the wonder of the creation. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Develop your appreciation of the Cosmic Giggle and it will be easier for you. Make that a project for 2012. Have a good time.