Lynn W. Petty

Gold Star - 5,245 Points (3/29/28 / Newport Beach, California)

The Evolution Of Belief - Poem by Lynn W. Petty

When I was just a child
I knelt and prayed, without a question,
To a god as distant and, as meaningless
To me as any far-off star.

When I was young,
There was no need for God,
Since I thought I was undefeatable.
I held within my grasp the world,
And challenged life.

As I grew older, toward middle-age,
I saw in almost everything,
A Reality, an inexplicable Correctness,
The essence of all being as One.

When I became an elder, it was then
I recognized the essence of Reality,
And Correctness, as nothing else but
God.

Topic(s) of this poem: religious


Comments about The Evolution Of Belief by Lynn W. Petty

  • Bri Edwards (7/1/2016 3:46:00 PM)


    The Evolution Of Disbelief

    When I was a child …..
    I knelt and prayed, without a question,
    to God, distant, …….but “Always Present”.
    [AND, as a child, i also recited “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star”.]

    When I was older ….
    I memorized “church things” …
    to become a member, as an adult,
    of my family’s Lutheran church.

    As I neared the end of high school,
    I questioned the church’s teachings.
    [AND I believed in dinosaurs, AND ….
    no longer believed in Santa Claus.]

    As a young college student, I still ….
    recited the Lord’s Prayer at night,
    as I had been taught to do as a child.
    I even still went to church a few times.

    But I met people who did NOT believe …
    “the Word of God”, word-for-word.
    They said the Bible was a nice piece of …
    literature. Some also believed in dinosaurs.
    [Dinosaurs are not mentioned in the Bible! ]
    [True, neither are rhinoceroses, I guess.]

    I had lost my belief in The Easter Bunny,
    and The Tooth Fairy, and now God was “out”…..
    also!

    How could “a loving God” allow ….
    so much misery on Earth?
    [including to US, “created in His Own Image”? ? ]
    AND why do all Jews have to go to Hell?
    [(not to mention other non-Christians) ]

    Through middle-age, and until now,
    for over forty years, I have maintained …
    my lack of belief.

    See you in Hell? ? ?
    Well, maybe NOT you!

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    bri :)
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/26/2016 6:39:00 PM)


    Growing older, toward middle-age and e=recognizing the essence of reality is definitely nice and thrill giving. Amazing drafting shared on.10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016



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