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19/40 From Larry Keene

Simple Prayer:
Warfare Among the Religious

O God,

It is sometimes very difficult to get along with religious people.

I mean it is sometimes difficult to get along with people who claim to be the followers of the Almighty.

It never ceases to amaze me how people who claim to be speaking for you, O God, can be filled with such belligerence and animosity toward one another.

This thought frightens me.

It is almost as if your children sometime see each other as the enemy. It sometimes feels as if there is a war going on down here. Not a cosmic battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil, but rather a war between the true believers, the so-called good people, themselves.

It is not a pretty sight.

Their words are often very harsh. The spirit they express towards one another is sometimes exceedingly mean. Judgment and recrimination are commonplace reactions toward one another. Sometimes truly devout people are demeaned by these purveyors of so-called religious truth. I think the Devil must chuckle. Hell must be full of glee. However, I for one am not laughing very much these days. The whole thing makes me profoundly sad! 

Reverend Dr. Laurence C. Keene

is an ROTB board member, a retired minister, a retired sociology professor, and Rabbi Brian’s best-buddy.

His 
simple prayers
have occurred regularly in The 77% Weekly since 2006.

Replies to this edition of the newsletter go directly to him.

  Love, 
 
  Larry 

 

 

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