from Jim Palmer, Divine Nobodies:
today, a friend sent me the following quote:
“Religion is for people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is for people who have been there.”
i could relate to the quote in that fear was a prominent characteristic of a my former “religious” life, but fear never brought liberation. on the other hand, suffering motivated me to seek truth earnestly, and the truth i discovered has brought freedom. in general, i understand the significance of Jesus to relate to the afterlife, and more or less viewed the now-life as biding my time. i don’t judge or condemn my former religious life because it is part of what led me to where i am now. therefore, i can’t judge or condemn others and their religious involvements. sometimes you have to work through a process of elimination before you uncover the truth, and religion helped me knock several things off my list.