Christmas time is here again. Many people celebrate this holiday season differently and for different reasons. But what I find so interesting is that so many different religions, people and cultures all celebrate life and birth at this time of year. To me that says more than the specifics of any of the different ways people celebrate this time of year.
To me, life and religion is like an elephant. There are a bunch of people all standing around holding different parts of the elephant: One has the ear, one the trunk, one the tail, one the body, one the foot, one the head, one the . . . etc.
Someone else walks by and asks the people what they are holding. They all begin to argue and bicker about what they are holding. Each of them is describing exactly what they are holding, part of an elephant. Not realizing there is more to the elephant than the part they are holding.
Every major religion, especially those which seem to “contradict” all say themselves it is impossible to fully know god as ‘human’. That the scope of god is more than the human mind can know. They all say this in some way shape or form. Then we fight and kill each other because we think our description of the tail of the elephant is the “right” description.
Maybe they all are? Maybe we are all describing different parts of god, because we cannot fully know or describe God with words or the human mind? (Yet).
So this holiday season, celebrate what there is to celebrate. Life, the freedom that is available to us all by the grace of the powers that created us all.