Author: Bob Adamcik

Why do we practice the religion of our parents?

Not everyone, but certainly nearly so.  Why else would the U.S. consider itself a Christian country?  Why would virtually all of South America be Catholic, the Middle East be Muslim, and much of China Buddhist?  Is it because each of these billions of individuals have critically analyzed their beliefs and just happened to reach the same conclusions as their parents…and nearly everyone else around them? I’m just sayin’…...

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Confession

Were we but the vagrantWinds, ephemeral and Passing, that do not bind Themselves to where they’ve been!We could live with stagnantLives, content to breath, and No one we’d left behindCould e’re own us again. But we are not the winds, Freely drifting.  We’re of Bones and blood, ever tied, Bound to those we’ve known; And I’ve known you, my friend, So I am tied.  Your love — No thread lightly denied — Will surely draw me home.  st, 1979Talca For Connie… ___________________ © 1979, R.S. Adamcik adamcikb@pobox.com...

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Black Hole

Should you, in your misfortune, cross That nth dimensional reach in space Ruled in tyranny by some non-place, Where light and matter both are loss To gravity’s relentless greed… Should you naively somehow drift Within the radius of its draw, You might then comprehend in awe The grasp of Michael’s tragic gift, The appetite of Michael’s need. st, 12/3/03 Crystal River For my brother… ___________________ © 2003, R.S. Adamcik adamcikb@pobox.com...

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God without religion, religion without god…

At a family gathering last year, religion raised it’s weary head and I finally said I wasn’t a Christian…and that I don’t believe in God in the traditional sense. Naturally someone asked what I do believe.  I don’t remember exactly but, more or less, it was that I believe in the unknown.  I try to practice humility before the unknowable, and to live each day in gratitude for my blessings and the chance to participate in life. But the very question raises another:  What is the difference between belief and religion?   Are you be a Christian, or a Muslim or Jew, if you believe in the precepts or teachings of the founder but reject the practices and mores that have sprung up around those teachings?  I think a belief is distinct from a religion.  Belief is rooted in the messenger.  Religion–the dogma and practices surrounding a belief– is a product of society and culture. Certainly much of what passes as Christianity nowadays is artificial.  Jesus didn’t set out to start a religion, and he didn’t come up with what today passes as Christian practice.  Apart from the question of his divinity, his message was simply one of compassion.  Why is all the rest necessary? This is one reason I think most of humankind conform to the religion of their parents.  National religions are simply the result of socialization.  And...

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Doubt

If certainty so fine Were something that were mine, If I knew God a myth, I’d envelope my soul, Lick it, stamp it, and go Myself to mail it, forthwith. st, 1979 Talca ___________________ © 1979, R.S. Adamcik adamcikb@pobox.com...

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Sombras

Mira como me asombras Desde las puertas de mi pasado! Oscura, apenas visible, Me llamas a señas Que nos juntemos. Pero al tomar el primer paso, Te veo desvanciendo A la oscuridad del otro lado; Y al acercarme, encuentro Solo el espacio vacío Que un instante atrás Sentía la presencia De tu sagrado ser. st, +/- June 2004 Falls Church...

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