Five Pennies?

Ight. So a little foundation.

I grew up in a pentecostal Christian church. I know, I know, what the hell does that mean?! The Pentecost was an event that happened shortly after the crucifixion and ressurection of the Christ. It happened on the fiftieth day after the ressurection. Basically all the former apostles of Christ started doing a bunch of crazy stuff like speaking in tongues and healing people. So a pentecostal church is one who teaches that anybody can do these things, which they call “gifts of the spirit.” Read the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Acts.

But I’m not prepared to give you a whole in-depth dissertation on all things pentecostal. Just letting you know where I’m coming from. In short, I grew up with a strong sense of (what I now call) the spirit realm, and a whole lot of things that people called miracles.

Mmm. Nice word that. Miracle. Yeap.

1. An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God.

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Another nice word is Magic.

1. The art that purports to control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking the supernatural.

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But I digress…

There is one particular major difference between my own idiomatic beliefs and that of the current established religious organism which people generally call Chrstianity which I would like to point out right off the bat. Modern Christians (in almost every variation) are very focused on the after-life. They celebrate their own eventual freedom from this “horrible” life and graduation to a blissful eternal life, which they have garnered through their salvation in their acceptance of Jesus as their own personal… uh… with a nod to Johnny Cash Depeche Mode, Christ, quite extensively.

Me, I am much more interested in the life I’m living right now, in discovering how the environment I’m in behaves, and what wonderful things I continuously find all around me. My religion is here and now.

So, to summarize this bit: I grew up Pentecostal, like to put the words miracle and magic as close together as possible, and don’t focus on the after-life like most modern Christians do. (nod)

. Topher

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