One Common Faith ~ The Polls

You can take these polls without reading the series, One Common Faith ~ The Story, but if you’d rather read it first, here’s the beginning…

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12 thoughts on “One Common Faith ~ The Polls

  1. Hi Alex,
    Thanks for the invitation to take the polls. It’s a good way to gauge your readers. I really wanted to answer the last poll with the last question, (patio) but I resisted.

    It’s all in God’s hand.

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  3. Whoever wrote the poll – ? Where your at right now? not good English – “you are” or you’re not “your” which is possessive I believe. anyway –

  4. good poll! i’d be interested in seeing the final outcome, and your thoughts about it.

    i kinda liked the option of “on the patio, relaxing”. reminds me of one of my favourite spiritual quotes, “wear the world like a loose garment”.

  5. isabella,

    Not sure how “final” the results will ever be–people come to various posts for many reasons–search engines, tags, etc.–but, each poll has a link at its bottom to view the current results.

    It will be interesting to monitor those results over time!

  6. Hello Dear Alex.

    This is Robin of the LOLs! 🙂 I enjoyed your delightful comment on my video. Bless you! I also enjoyed this poll; it was fun to take and see what other people are feeling.

    I keep thinking about the last question: “Where are you at right now.” And I marked: Heaven. I know there is much pain and suffering in the world, some of it so dark and atrocious as to be heinous. And I say what I am about to say not ignorant to this suffering, and not from a life lived without periods of deep intense suffering, sometimes long periods of pain….But I STILL cannot help but feel/know that I live in Heaven each day. I am so in love with a force that surrounds me, a force that moves me to tears EVERY single day. I know Life as Heaven, right here, right now. Not something far away and reached when I die.

    I know it as the wind through pine trees and morning birds. I know it as the people who love me, and the people who are suffering and I am blessed to love and help them, I know it as the children who come magic-filled into the world, I know it as the children who cry out for help who I am able to help, I know it as the elders I hug and touch in the supermarket because they can’t read the labels, I know it as the homeless man I gave $5 to and tears rolled down his face and he hugs me…I watch him go into MacDonald’s to get a Big Mac, and feel filled with JOY. I know LIFE as Heaven.

    I think we humans tend to put Heaven as a place far away and unattainable, a place we only experience when we die. But I know it as a place that “is” ALWAYS, and everywhere. That is not to deny the horrible crimes and suffering in the world, I see and feel them deeply, but that doesn’t negate the existence of an eternal Love or Heaven that is filled with grace and beauty beyond comprehension, beauty that when experienced makes me weep with the sheer force of it.

    Although I’ve seen and felt the horrible suffering of the world, I have also seen and felt as much or more Heaven, even in my suffering. For me Heaven exists right now, right here. Heaven exists period. And it is only a matter of human’s learning to align themselves with it.

    And Heaven for me is a place of complete and utter LOVE, a place without judgment, a place so vast it encompasses all things and goes on loving infinitely…knows only Love, a place of such beauty that we are pierced to our core by that beauty. I am on my knees thankful that I have felt this in my lifetime. Each day no matter what is going on I try to align myself with this love and beauty. It is what gives me the inner strength to help those suffering, those in pain whether emotional of physical, it is what gives me the insight to forgive and not judge, to love and not hate, to heal and love that which I touch and that which touches me as I move into the world. Heaven is what fills me and becomes me…if I let it.

  7. Robin,

    Such a beautiful response!!!

    Reminded me of this:

    “O ye lovers of God! Be kind to all peoples; care for every person; do all ye can to purify the hearts and minds of men; strive ye to gladden every soul. To every meadow be a shower of grace, to every tree the water of life; be as sweet musk to the sense of humankind, and to the ailing be a fresh, restoring breeze. Be pleasing waters to all those who thirst, a careful guide to all who have lost their way; be father and mother to the orphan, be loving sons and daughters to the old, be an abundant treasure to the poor. Think ye of love and good fellowship as the delights of heaven, think ye of hostility and hatred as the torments of hell.”

    (Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 244)

  8. A society without religion is like a vessel without a compass. If I had choosen a religion,the sun as the universal giver of life would be my God.The doctrine of the material efficasy of prayer reduces the creator to a cosmic bellhop of a not very bright or reliable kind,Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich,if you want a thing done well do it yourself.!

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