Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rules

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who think rules are what should govern everything and who have inordinate respect for them. And those who think rules are negotiable in most circumstances, because circumstances change things. And the thought struck me when I thought about religious rules. All of the monotheistic religions have a bunch of rules. Why is it these religions are the ones freighted down with rules? And is it coincidental that they're the ones who seem to be the most concerned with sin, reward, and punishment? Heaven, hell, eternal reward, eternal punishment, and all the behaviors one must practice and avoid to gain one or the other. These concepts make no sense to Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus.
The baseline question I'm thinking about is what kind of religion would Christianity be if it could be separated from its rules long enough to contemplate exactly what Jesus meant? The more I think about it, the less I think he had to do with rules of any kind. .
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