Category Archives: Religion

BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 by Stuart Wilde in INFINITE SELF

“In the olden days, the idea was that individuals were too weak and sinful to have a meaningful dialogue with God. So, systems were developed whereby people had to use a third party to communicate with God. Once you had … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 by Pete Koerner in THE BELIEF FORMULA

“With religion, large groups of people are brought together with a commonly taught belief. These groups believe, among other things, that they share the same beliefs. Since no two people see exactly the same things, however, no two people could … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, March 11th, 2019 by Eric Butterworth in DISCOVER THE POWER WITHIN YOU

“To many people religion is synonymous with a church service – a spectacle to witness, a ritual to employ, a prayer book to use once a week. Religion is a badge of conventional respectability. Belonging to the right kind of … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, December 21st, 2018 by Marianne Williamson in ILLUMINATA

“Religious institutions are not the only arbiters of religious experience. They do not own the Truth, for Truth cannot be owned. Nor should they think they hold some franchise on our spiritual life. They are consultants and frameworks, but they … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 6th, 2018 by Diane K. Osbon in REFLECTIONS ON THE ART OF LIVING: A JOSEPH CAMPBELL COMPANION

“Heaven and hell are psychological definitions. The Catholic definition of mortal sin should relieve you of the thought that you have committed one. As a Catholic, you learn that for a sin to be mortal, the kind that condemns you … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 , 2008 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“The very questioning of the origin of the Bible is often considered sacrilegious by many a devout Christian, but is it unreasonable to want to know who wrote such an important literary work? Of course not. It is not solid … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, May 18th, 2018 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“While traditional religions are capable of providing a stable foundation for spiritual growth, those that represent God as a monarch who punishes his or her subjects for their transgressions are not by any means empowering their followers. To the contrary, … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 by Shirley MacLaine in SAGE-ING WHILE AGE-ING

“It is clear that we are killing one another over religion. It is high time we tried spirituality, which I believe religion was intended to be in the first place. I believe we are the repository of a vast body … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday March 28th, 2018 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in WAKE UP TO LIFE

“In the audio program called “Wake Up to Life” by the late Fr. Anthony DeMello, I was was struck by the following statement he made: “The reality is there is too much God talk; the world is sick of it, … Continue reading

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PONDER on THIS for Monday, February 5th, 2018 by Michelle Paisley Reed in KEEP UP YOUR SPIRITS

“Your religions are a way to simply the Love and Light you already have inside you, a way to contain and control you into believing their thoughts and viewpoints. Your political systems cause the same illusion of derision. All these … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 by John Randolph Price in SUPERBEINGS

“Never condemn another’s religion, because that particular teaching may be vitally important to his or her soul growth at that point in time. But prophets, teachers and preachers do emerge from time to time who would hinder the soul’s growth … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, September 25th, 2017 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“A key reason that organized religion remains popular is that each one offers established doctrines and rules to simplify followers’ lives. They are then relieved of the responsibility to personally evaluate and contemplate the nature and/or origins of their own … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, May 5th, 2017 by Jeff Maziarek in SPIRITUALITY SIMPLIFIED

“If we look more closely at religious customs, we can see how attachments to them can have a very negative effect on a person’s spiritual growth potential…Organized religion essentially wraps things up in a tight package that requires little if … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, July 8th, 2016 by Alan Cohen in WHY YOUR LIFE SUCKS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

“Over the course of history, more pain and suffering have been inflicted by zealots attempting to impose their religious, political, and moral beliefs on others, than any other cause. More people have been killed in religious wars and inquisitions than … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Neale Donald Walsch in THE NEW REVELATIONS

“Neale Donald Walsch: What is the difference between religion and spirituality? God: One is an institution and the other is an experience. Religions are institutions built around a particular idea of how things are. When those ideas become hardened and … Continue reading

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