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She had never understood the concept of institutionalized belief. Why? Simply because it seemed to cause intense levels of hatred and intolerance, inspite of the scriptures supposedly preaching quite the opposite. Why was it that chastity and purity, in thought and belief, were replaced by rigid rituals? Was this due to a power imbalance? Organized faith, in the form of religious institutions, had and continued to divide and alienate, as opposed to unite and foster belonging. Spirituality - the essence of faith - was replaced by meaningless rituals, a form of organization to accumulate power in the hands of the few.

She believed in God, or thought she did…Perhaps because it was easier to believe than to question life without His presence. She had seeked His Wisdom when she found that courage had failed her, but she was unsure of whether He seemed to listen….Religion and belief, though it harboured in the believers a sense of belonging and hope, it had seemed to have caused her greater pain and alienate those she loved.

Was it not meant to understand even the misunderstood?


She had never understood the concept of blind faith…How could so much importance be attached to something without even understanding it completely, questioning its existence, until the knots of confusion and chains of doubt, were unlocked? And how was it, that in this process of believing, in institutionalizing belief, that people had become intolerant of each other? How was it possible that, though each of these faiths preached and practiced tolerance and peace, their followers were enveloped in a blanket of self-righteousness and ignorance?

As the believers would say “Only God knows..”




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The following comments are for "Hypocrisy"
by nisreenzain

I agree
wholeheartedly with your thoughts, but this really doesn't seem very 'poetic' to me. I like free verse, and I can definately relate to your thoughts, having been raised Catholic.I enjoyed the read, but feel it's better suited to some other catagory, though I don't know what to tell you. I'm new to the site and just checking stuff out myself. Good luck, and keep thinking...

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: June 30, 2004 )

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Dear Emaks:

Thanks for your comments. My random thoughts did not seem like poetry to me either, but it was the only category it seemed to fit in !

I have a few Catholic friends who are ardent believers, however, do you think Catholicism is an exclusionary faith ?

( Posted by: nisreenzain [Member] On: July 11, 2004 )





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