Writing Exercises – Janet Caldwell 2016
My earliest experiences with the written word were the words from the Christian Bible. They were taught to me as a child, by my choice and later enforced by others. The words contradicted not only each other but what I knew to be my truth. When I asked questions, I was always poo-pooed. How dare I question any of it, after all wasn’t it inspired by God?
It certainly made me worry about a God who was so hateful and destructive. It was utterly frightening to me and though it terrified me for years to question too much, I kept reading into adulthood and still do. Eventually, I began to wonder if the Old Testament God and the New Testament were different Gods. In time, I lost my fears. The songs of Solomon are quite beautiful. And being exposed to these texts, I love many of the scriptures, as they are very enlightening from the new and Old Testament. This caused me to research other beliefs and the similarities were astounding.
Much of what Jesus said had been said before, and what he did and experienced came centuries earlier by others, such as Buddha, Horus, Mithra, Krishna and more.
As for the Bible, I take much of it as metaphorical and a read between the lines story. I do believe that Jesus was real, a son of God and a beloved example. However, I believe that his sermons were metaphorical many times, lessons to be learned and practiced. Simply by sharing a higher truth.
Also, I questioned Moses. He was raised in Egypt, the epitome of magic and his miracles were similar to those of his Egyptian brothers. Last but not least, as a child I prayed and asked God to tell Abraham that I was angry at him, as he was the Father of 3 great religions and all think they have it right. I am not a member of any organized religion but do not discount the comfort they may bring to others.
As I said this is a writing exercise that came from the book The Practice of Poetry, pg 3, First Words – where I was to write a bit about my earliest memories of the written or spoken word without the pressure to impress anyone.
Love and Peace to All,
© Janet Caldwell June 15, 2016
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