The two religious buddies

Once upon a time there lived two close buddies, Bob and Frank. Although both were very religious, they each attended very different churches.

On this particular day, Bob was suffering from a bout of depression and called his good friend Frank to come over to cheer him up.

When Frank arrived and walked in, he was surprised to see Bob looking awful and wearing a blanket.

“Are you coming down with a cold?” asked Frank.

“Oh no,” answered Bob, “I got this blanket from my church. It is kind of a security blanket, to remind me that they offer comfort, support and the warmth of love.”

“So why do you still look so awful?” questioned Frank.

“I don’t know. Maybe it is because the world is getting so crazy. Or, maybe it is something in me,” replied Bob. “Tell me. Why is it that you are always so happy and full of vitality?”

Frank thought about it for a moment then said, “My church doesn’t offer blankets but something much, much better.”

“What is that,” asked Bob?

Frank’s reply was blunt. “Enemas.”

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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9 Responses to The two religious buddies

  1. domenic says:

    whats the spiritual meaning to this post, if there is one, or is this just one of those days.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear domenic,

      Surely you can ponder the answer. Beyond that, I am having a great day!

      Spiritually yours,
      TheGodGuy

  2. Roger P. Noah says:

    Dominic: Edward is saying that the primary purpose of a church is to cleanse and not to comfort. By its very nature, cleansing is uncomfortable (cf. the Swedenborgian term “vastation”). That is what God’s doing to us – haven’t we noticed? Haven’t we all carried out crosses? Yes, we have. The trick is to follow the Lord while carrying our cross.

    A lot of comfort is appropriate only after there’s been a lot of cleansing.

    ~Roger

  3. Kenny says:

    I like Franks’s Church. No sugar coating there. They have a real solution when I’m “full of it”, which is frequently the case.

  4. Robert Bush says:

    Dear GodGuy,
    Ha, Ha, Ha….. Took me a while to get it, but I’m pushing 80. Good way of saying something else…
    Blessings,
    Robert

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Robert,

      Sometimes it is good to express old truths in fresh ways! No sense writing a blog if I am going to bore people.

      Spiritually yours,
      TheGodGuy

  5. thegodguy says:

    Dear Roger and Kenny,

    You both grasp what few people ever get to discover concerning the “inner” and “universal” purpose of true religion. Thanks for sharing that understanding!

    Spiritually yours,
    TheGodGuy

  6. PTM says:

    An important truth highlighted and expressed so creatively. Thanks GodGuy!
    Orthodox religions seems to have an unbalanced idea about the love of God being only the expression of unconditional love. A higher perspective is that God’s love is both conditional and unconditional, in right balance. The expanding force of the father (alpha) balanced by the contracting force of the mother (omega). i.e. daddy’s enema, followed by mommy’s blanket.
    An unbalanced view of love keeps many people expecting unconditional love and acceptance for themselves, from God and others ,but this only serves to comfort and preserve the ego, rather than seeking instruction and discipline needed to grow and thus overcome the ego.
    God is Father and Mother, never one without the other.
    The enema alone, without the blanket, would also be an unbalanced view of God’s love.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear PTM,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is much easier to comfort people than to challenge them. A blanket represents the pleasant side of faith. An enema, the unpleasant side. We all know that an oyster creates a pearl from some irritation – but we often forget this principle when we seek the Lord God.

      Spiritually yours,
      TheGodGuy

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