"When you've done the technical part, you're then into the joy, the zen, into being. Technology no longer exists for you. You're then into the mystery of the thing, you're doing." - William Shatner
"When you no longer need guidance to react to the movements during a meditation, you are in a zen moment. You are moving in perfect fluidity with nature. You are achieving a spiritual high." - Kent Allen Halliburton
Hmm, I said, where is Jesus, then? They said he is in Heaven. Hmm, where is Heaven, then? Is it above us? Is it all around us? They said Heaven is above us, and Hell is below us. Okay, which translation of the holy texts did you get this from? From the bible? Which one? The bible, again? A little irritated, I responded, which one?!?! No answer..... Again, I would have been floored if they had actually come up with something good. Having studied from over half of them myself, it was my hope that they would have tried to respect my efforts, at the least; but alas, they did not.
Faith is not just a divine calling. Faith is also a terrestrial calling that humans must develop with each other in order to function normally in society. Without it, we die. When old bonds of faith are broken we build new ones, when old bonds of faith remain intact, time only makes them stronger. When your god is talking to you about building and spreading the faith, this what he means, true human connections that create a peaceful world for everyone to live in. This pollution that has been created that either you believe things our way or you are going to hell; it just is not supposed to work like that. This is why everything is breaking down. You have created a system that is severing all of the ancient faith networks that humans have been building throughout history.
So, in comes religion to mess up the whole game. Further, I said imagine, if you will, that religion is a tool that the rich have used for all of human history to control the poor. They take the faith built by the people and build a religion around it, and this helps them to keep the poor deluded into believing that their dilapidated condition is part of the natural order of things and that they should accept it and be happy. Further, I repeated them that the bible that they so fervently quote from is one of at least forty plus translations that have come out since the collapse of the Catholic Churches' control over Europe during the Middle Ages, and that that translation was built on even older texts that came before it.
I then went into a deeper rant. Further, you should count yourself lucky that you can even read your holy texts now. It is an abnormality in human custom for the general population of an empire to be able to read the holy texts of its religion. That is usually the job that is kept solely for the priestly caste of that society. So, if you want to get technical, you are the ones that are wrong here. After saying this, I thought to myself, they probably haven't even read it anyways, so they are pretty much in the same position. This thought, true though it may be, made me feel horrible.
Having finally gotten off on my rant, I walked off for a little while. After I cooled down, I came back and asked them for a simple favor. I said, I know you don't believe me, and that is okay, but you need to understand something about me. I am not the kind of person that is going to just come to you, unprovoked, and say that what you believe about your religion is wrong. What you believe is your business. So long as it is done peacefully and dose not harm anyone, have at it. We will only begin to have problems if your belief system requires that you spread your faith through hatred and violence. If you cross those lines, you can expect to see my angry face, accompanied with a strong fight.