[quote author=“Beth Kurtz”]The minute you start saying things like “God is the ruler of Nature” you are in to bowing down and worshipping and praying and otherwise currying favor with this ruler, and whatddya know, all of a sudden we have religion, where you are calling god by a certain name and believing that he is on your side. Meanwhile other people doing the same thing and are calling god by a different name and believing that he is on their
Yes this is true. I worship the life force of nature because I see the life force in me also exists in nature. The problem is, and will always be institutionalized religion.
For example, I went to a Harvest Crusade church service with my son because he needed me to. They asked for money. They are corrupt because they are institutionalized and live off the donations of human individuals in emotional distress. I see that as evil.
Ask for money and you are tainted. Live off the pain of others and you are evil. I do not know if Jesus was God and really do not think it matters.
“Do for others what you want them to do for you.
For others will treat you as you treat them.
Why worry about the small thing in the eye of a brother when your eyes can not see ?
Should you say, ‘brother, let me help you get the small thing out of your eye,’ when you have no vision ?’
Hypocrite! Remove the large object from your eyes, then you can see to help your brother.”
-Jesus Christ, from the ‘outlaw’ Bible my grandmother gave me.