1959: I dedicated my life to humanitarian behaviour, as described by charismatic men called Jesus and Billy Graham, and without the prejudice of religiosity.
“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” Billy Graham is dead. Long live Billy Graham!
I though I would share this with you. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-22/the-day-billy-graham-transfixed-record-mcg-crowd/9474728
I was thirteen when I went to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to see Billy Graham. I was already a Christian, Christian C of E and knew the Church of England was wrong an no church I'd worship in would begin by asking God to protect the Queen before it asked mercy for the common people. I was already politicised, already pro-peace and anti-nuclear arms and war.
Someone, I don't know who invited me to join a group belonging to another Christian faith and come to the MCG with them to see Billy Graham.
I dedicated my life to God and Jesus's teachings at this meeting. A private dedication, which, over time has become e a respect for the charismatic man preacher called Jesus and his humanitarian principles and a total revelation at religiosity, which I consider evil. I no longer believe in God in the religious sense of the word, nor heaven and hell as most religious books describe it. I see holly books as historical fiction based on interesting historical fact. I'm tolerant of all religions, up to the point where they start to use their religion to believe they are superior to others. I've replaced the laws of human rights with any guidance from religions. I see all my refinements of belief as still compatible with my pledge on that day at the Billy Graham Crusade. I still try follow the ministry of that Sermon on the mount, respect the words of The Lord's Prayer, with the feminists' alteration—"Our mother who art in heaven," and for heaven I visualise all matter, all of the universe, internal within me and without, and not as a place. You might say that that word God has become interchangeable with the word Nature, as it doesn't represent o human form entity to me. When I'm built in the image of God, it's true, and why I can laugh at sexists who are horrified that God to me in sexless, of termed 'mother' or 'nature' because being created in God's image, I am just miraculously arranged particles of parts of our planet, one of ma multitude of such planets, and when I change form I'll once more become planetary dust, cosmic dust, by soil being what I've left behind that shaped the future, my hell-knowing as I leave, if those I've touched are worse off for my work, my heaven, to know I left things a little better. Maybe, 9and I cannot know) my spirit remains so that it will always be aware if I left things better or worse (thus my heaven or hell) but I don't see myself seated beside an entity called God, unless that God is the magnificently beautiful nature that surrounds me or the wonder of the universe.
Ah, I just thought that I'd waffle about how a sermon on the mount given by a man called Jesus 2018 years ago and a very human man with flaws like the rest of us, but a charismatic skill. and later, my discovery that human rights exist in a world outside of religion and that people are motivated to choose to act is humanitarian ways without the need to be part of any religious group, and in fact become freer to pursue human rights without the restrictions of the man )not God) made rules that religions have acquired.
Ah, well, I am beginning to waffle, so I'll leave it there.
I just wanted to share how Billy Graham and Jesus impacted my life, and how that impact has lasted throughout, and continues today, despite my now stating that, "I am not a Christian, I am an agnostic. I believe that the goodness that we humans can do for each other and our world-universe doesn't require a religious doctrine or association; ethics is within us. Great motivators such as Jesus and Billy Graham can stir those humanitarian ethics and stir us to commit to them, and I've chosen to do this in an eclectic way. I took what I needed from their message and rejecting any aspect (for me, the religiosity) that did not fit with the person I wished to become. That's how I learn, and encourage others to learn, Eclectic learning creates fine independent minds not constrained by centuries-old doctrines which are the basis of most of the world's religions, which contain health and safety for society rules suited to times of world under-population, and not designed to meet the social health and safety needs of today.
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