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Submitted by Seamus MacNemi (United States), Jul 8, 2007 at 18:20

I've read a few so called "Holy Books" in my life and I have found them all to be boringly the same. It's always some chaps thoughts about what the world is all about. I didn't have to read any of it to form my own opinions. When I was a boy, I already had my own encounter with what some people call "G-D" and no amount of explanation can ever fully portray that experience to me as fully as I experienced it. I could write my own Bible or Koran or Torah for that matter and it would serve me just as well as any of your books.

I do not doubt for one moment that Mohamed spoke to angels. If I can do it why shouldn't he? As for the rest of you who either can't or won't sit quietly enough long enough to hear the voice within your own soul, What can I say? If ever you did such a thing the world would change in an instant and you would no longer have anything to argue about. But I guess that most of you just like to argue and fight about something so why should I try to stop you? Have at it. But Please don't destroy the world I live in while you are trying to work it out for yourselves.

The "First Commandment" forbids the worship of graven images. Yet you all seem to be hung up on just exactly that, "A GRAVEN IMAGE". What else is the written word? There's nothing magical or mystcal about these letters I write on this screen. The real magic is happening inside my own head when I think. That's where your own magic exists, in your own head and in all the world surrounding you. I find it trully amazing that you seek miracles in the lives of men who you call "Prophets" and yet you remain totally ignorant of the miracle that is your own existence. I think that you are a miracle simply because you exist. What more do I need?

You will never find "G-D" in any book no matter who wrote them or how pious and inspired those authors might be. G-D can be found only in the experience of living. If you hide your lives away in dark corners studying the lives of other men you will never have your own experience and so you will never know what exactly it is they are talking about. It is only when you have your own experience that you can even begin to understand the experience of another. Then you might have something to talk about.

Each mans world view is something unique to that man and nobody else can see it exactly as he can or does. So it is with each of us. There are things in the world that are beyond the range of our perceptions but that does not mean that they do not exist. It is "THAT" which is beyond the range of our immediate perceptions which leads us into questioning. And in seeking "THAT" we encocunter G-D.

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