Friday, April 19, 2013
There are many paths to Heaven
So...I dragged Desi to church this weekend. He's not a fan, for obvious reasons. Anyone who remembers going to church as a kid knows why. It's boring as hell...wait...I mean, it's boring. Even as an adult, church bores me. I currently really like my church because the priest is great and tends to deliver an ear catching sermon. But, Desi doesn't care about that crap. He wants to play Angry Birds.
Anyway, this church is really tolerant of kids. At many churches, you can hear the grumbling around you when a kid gets antsy. And, let's face it, what 4 year old would not get antsy when forced to sit quietly during an event which doesn't once refer to Batman or fart jokes?
My church has these little doodle pads in the pew for kids to use to draw on. Desi wanted to draw on one. Actually, he drew on 3. There were none left in that particular pew for future kids. Not very Christian of him. Whatever.
Anyway, he basically drew a big ass scribble.
After scribbling, he shows me his masterpiece. "What is this?" I ask.
Desi: "I drew a map! It's a map to heaven." He is showing me how the lines end at the picture of Jesus and the children. Then he goes on to say, "See...there are many different ways to get to heaven."
I thought this was ridiculously profound and I had to keep the scribbles. For those of you that ever talk with me about religion, you know that I am not a "You must agree with me or you're going to hell," kinda guy. I am Catholic, but I would never ever tell you that my way is the only way and that my faith is the only faith. In fact, I will tell you that I am pretty sure the Catholic church has it wrong it certain places. I choose this faith because it works for me and helps put me on, what I believe, is the right path to heaven.
Now...someone else, say a Mormon or a Muslim or an Atheist, might take a different path. That's right...I'm including you non-believing heathens in here as well.
I don't think God expects us to know all the answers. This isn't a history quiz. If it were, God would have given us much clearer instructions. Basically, he left us nothing. Some might say he left us the bible. I would say bogus. He left us a bunch of people that wrote down a bunch of things that were put into a book. God giving us the bible would mean God literally threw a book down from the heavens and told us to get reading. As far as I know, that's not what happened.
Because God hasn't given us all the answers, I believe, he does not expect us to get everything right. He expects us to do what's right. What's right, you ask? Well...love your neighbor. Help those that need help. Don't judge other people. You know...all that liberal hippie stuff.
There are many paths to heaven. What's yours?
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