“One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.” –Mahatma Gandhi
Do you ever wonder if your religious beliefs are the “correct” beliefs? What I mean by this question is when your life ends will you be going to heaven, or is it all over.
Recently former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:
I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.
I imagine the religious world went wild after hearing those remarks. I thought his comments were a little arrogant. Sadly, Bloomberg’s not sure there is a God.
The founders of our country wanted to leave religion up to us, so they created this thing called the First Amendment. Basically it prohibited the government from telling us to have religion or what religion to have.
I like the First Amendment. You and I can believe what we want! Maybe God gave our founders the religion clauses idea in the First Amendment so year after year we could argue about a valedictorian or a speaker mentioning God or Jesus or saying a prayer during a graduation speech.
With these freedoms come other issues. Like those pesky people who don’t believe in God or Jesus or religion? I can deal with non-believers pretty easily. I’m not a pusher of my religious beliefs on others, although I write this column for every Sunday because I think that’s what God wants me to do.
We will all find out in the end who was correct, right?
Seriously, it’s tougher for me to get along with the high and mighty Christians who believe they have the market cornered on what to believe – the facts as they see them.
In closing, I think maybe the great Bob Dylan may have said it best:
You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.
Have a great week!
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