Robin Taylor Delargy

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Robin Taylor Delargy
Posted over 1 year ago
Are people of faith in fact gullible?
Lastly: I just cannot believe in God in the religious sense. I have tried, but I just cannot do it. If this were true, then in my view God’s behavior is often much like a 12-year-old boy with an ant farm and a magnifying glass. “Are people of faith, in fact, gullible?” I think the intellectually honest answer is ‘sometimes’. Sorry it was so long - I wrote it out in Word, not noticing the post size limits. Dad would probably confirm that I always did talk a lot. :-)
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Robin Taylor Delargy
Posted over 1 year ago
Are people of faith in fact gullible?
Part 3: I’ll probably be asked, so here’s my own personal spiritual belief system. I don’t know how to label it, so I don’t bother trying: The earth – within its atmospheric envelope – is a closed system. Matter isn’t created or destroyed; it just changes form. I picture ‘God’ as something like a battery; as the power source that fuels it all, the engine that runs the world, but not as a humanistic, thinking Deity that takes sides and casts judgment. When a living thing is born, be it a blade of grass or a human child, it draws it’s life force from the energy pool; when it dies, that energy is returned. No more, no less. Within our closed system here on earth, the amount of energy remains the same. We have a lot more people now, but fewer animals, fewer trees. Same amount of energy. This fits very well with reincarnation, too. I also ponder the possibility that perhaps much of the ‘sickness’ of the world is due to so much energy being tied up in things that do not decompose readily, thus delaying the energy’s return to the pool. There isn’t a lot of energy in a single discarded tire, but there is some… and a whole lot of them. And we embalm our dead and put them in concrete boxes in the ground, delaying their return to the earth. I have come to believe that we are all capable of feeling this energy running through us and the world around us, connecting every thing to every other thing. In animals it is called ‘instinct’ and in people it is called ‘spirit’. I believe prayer, meditation, and sometimes even dreams are a way of tapping into this energy stream, and that some people are capable of consciously manipulating and using that energy for good or ill. I don’t believe any of this is ‘supernatural’ because nothing that a living thing is capable of doing is outside nature.
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Robin Taylor Delargy
Posted over 1 year ago
Are people of faith in fact gullible?
Part 2. Are religious people gullible? I don’t necessarily think that religious people are gullible, although some certainly are; there are a lot of gullible people out there. I think that – like any other organization – people align themselves with a religion for many different reasons. I do, however, think people may *remain* religious for different reasons than those who *become* religious. In my view, people who are attracted to the stricter, more fundamentalist sects are generally those who are either unwilling or unable to look within themselves – to trust themselves - for the answers they seek, whatever those answers may be. I’ve met quite a few people over the years who seemed to have – to varying degrees - turned to religion as a way of abdicating their personal responsibility for their life, preferring to hand over their personal power to a spiritual leader and wash their hands of the whole decision-making thing. Are people of faith gullible? If gullibility (as used in this conversation) is at work, perhaps it is demonstrated in an unwillingness to believe that they, themselves, are capable of spiritual, emotional or philosophical independence. In my experience, the more independent people who do believe in a ‘higher power’, theistic or not – myself, included - tend to view that power as akin to their conscience, an advisor, because they have enough faith in their self. For these people, ‘religion’ – if they desire it - seems to be more about community, a structure that supports them in their desire to do good in the world for their own reasons, not because it is required or demanded of them. These are the people who are ‘religious’ out of genuine love, not fear. I respect people like this. They are not gullible, because their religious participation is an informed choice. (con't)
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Robin Taylor Delargy
Posted over 1 year ago
Are people of faith in fact gullible?
Part 1: This is an interesting conversation. I have read every post and comment and have found every person’s post to be reasonable, at least in the context of their stated realities. I try to remain open-minded, and I try not to be judgmental. I do not always succeed. Please bare with me. I should probably mention that I am Gordon’s daughter; however, at 50 years old I can say that my thoughts and beliefs are based much more upon my own observations, experiences and explorations than any childhood religious indoctrination or, in this case, lack thereof.  My professional background lies firmly in the Arts; in my professional youth, the graphic arts and now as a self-employed jewelry designer. I do, however, have a deep love and appreciation for the scientific world. I also love myths and legends, although I largely appreciate them as teaching tools and cautionary tales, rather than as literal historical documentation. I simply cannot align myself with any sort of dogmatic religious organization. It’s an authority issue, I suppose. I resent being told what to think, believe and feel, especially if it is contrary to what my heart believes is fair and just. I have explored many religious schools of thought over the years, from several Christian churches to paganism and even Wicca. I have the same issue with all of them, which my father stated so eloquently: “I am not a fan of organized anything because almost invariably the organization becomes more important than its members.” In my view, when a group becomes so large that the membership begins to support the organization, rather than the other way around, it has lost its way. It won't all fit in one post, so the rest will be posted separately.