I’m not a preachy man and I keep my opinions pretty much to myself.
That’s not to say I don’t have my religious beliefs and hold them dear.
I adore the concept of forgiveness and redemption. I need the concept of forgiveness and redemption.
I don’t believe, however, that religion is all about rules, sin, and avoiding Hell. It has to be more than that. I have enough things that scare and worry me, I don’t need a God out to get me.
In the text of the Old Testament, the blood and guts part, eye for an eye, hell fire and brimstone, the scary prequel to the New Testament; lies one of my favorite passages.
Moses is instructed to tell the Priests to bless the people in this manner:
May the LORD bless you and keep you.
May the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
I’ll take that religion and that blessing.
For me, it reminds me to Be Cool and stop worrying about so much stuff; it’s all good.
I believe that.