Truth is such a fascinating concept to me. Especially the part where something can be true for one person, but not for another. How do you define truth? What does it mean to you? This is where an interesting intersection can occur between spirituality and religion. Each religion believes it knows, holds, and shares the truth. But they can’t all be right, can they? What does that mean in the pursuit of truth?
I can remember the exact day, even the moment, when I realized I no longer wanted to be aligned with my religion, the one I had had and owned since birth. I was sitting in a service, thinking to myself, “What? I don’t believe that. None of this feels true to me.” I didn’t feel judgmental toward the people around me, or to the person preaching it, I just wasn’t feeling it for myself. None of it felt true to me. But at that time in my life, I’d just had my first child, and I wanted the sense of community. I wanted her to have a spiritual side (and at that time, as a new mom, I wasn’t aware that I could be the one to teach her such things. Boy, have we come a long way since then, huh?) So I went on a quest, in search of a religion that believed what I believe.
My husband thought I was nuts. “You can’t just go FIND a religion that believes what you believe,” he told me. But how could we know that, unless we tried? So I went looking.
I did find one that was pretty closely aligned with me at the time. And we joined a community, and it was great while we needed it. Then our family grew, and we found other communities and we became our own community. Then I started growing my own communities, like the Spiritual Ass Kickers on Patreon. And I’m often amazed by the zeal with which individuals identify with their religion and the associated beliefs. It can be inspiring (and also kind of terrifying).
But what happens when those truths no longer ring true?
We’re going to explore this a little further in the next segment: Is Truth Dynamic or Absolute?