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Morning Meditation - Truth is nothing to fear

It is very interesting that in the United States of America, the land of the free and home of the brave, where we have entered into international war under the pretext of bringing freedom and democracy to less enlightened countries around the world, there are culture wars at home between religion and science which concern our understanding as a people of how our world was formed, when life begins, and the extent to which we humans should manipulate nature to control our own existence. The fifth tenant of ten of the Unitarian Universalist beliefs is "We believe in the unity of experience. There is no fundamental conflict between faith and knowledge, religion and the world, the sacred and the secular, since they all have their source in the same reality."

Perhaps it is possible for a higher power, a creator, a God Almighty to design the universe in such a way that it is created through evolution. Perhaps, the Intelligent Design is evolution, and the creation story in Genesis is a metaphor, and the language is symbolic not literal. Perhaps it is possible for a higher power, a creator, a God Almighty to want human beings to gather the knowledge to improve the quality of life through the use of stem cells, and to make decisions about birth and death based upon consideration of ethical concerns about what might be best for the individuals involved. These are grave and burdensome responsibilities and should be deliberately, seriously, and purposefuly considered, and not foisted off on some supersitious belief system in a mythical being or beings. These responsibilities must be borne by the humans who suffer the consequences of decisions and behaviors chosen to deal with the situations with which they are presented.

Spirituaity is not afraid of the truth. Many religions are. Galileo was condemned to life imprisonment for saying that the sun was the center of our solar system not the earth by the Catholic Church in the 1600s. It was not until 1992, 359 years after his being found guilty of heresy, did Pope John Paul II apologize for the church's behavior and formally acknowledge that Galileo had been condemned for speaking the truth.

UUs believe that there is no inherent conflict between spiritual faith and knowledge, there is no truth of which to be afraid, that the source of truth and spiritual understandings are the same. Religion which fears the truth, hids the truth, despises the truth, would not acknowledge the truth because it conflicts with its doctrine is not true religion, but idolotry. The truth is nothing that true religion should fear, but rather should embrace in the unity of experience.


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