The Freedom To Choose — Religiously, Spiritually — Or Neither

We’re only human.

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Burney Falls, United States. [Photo by Svyatoslav Romanov from Unsplash]

We’re only human.

And sometimes we forget that.

The fact that we, none of us, are not perfect.

For example, we all swear or use a “curse” or a “cuss” word from time to time.

When we stub our toe…make a big or little mistake…in a moment of distress, anger, depression, or whenever.

After all, these things can’t be helped.

So, again — nobody’s perfect.

And that makes sense because we live in an imperfect world.

But the only “cursing that I would suggest that we all should refrain from “expressing,” is taking the Lord’s name in vain — however you may or may not view or experience the “Lord” or “God” in your life.

Are you a “Love”-tian?

Whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or if, like myself, you are a “Love-tian” — and even if you classify yourself as an Atheist — it’s ultimately not a “good” thing…for anybody…but especially yourself, if you take the Lord’s name in vain — or what millions of people consider the Lord’s name in vain.

Here’s the deal:

What if anytime, anywhere — anyone who got angry took YOUR name in vain?

That would be a lot of “cursing” coming over your way, wouldn’t it?

Of course — and who wants that?

What’s In HIS Name?

That said, too — and just to be clear, “Christ” is not the last name of Jesus or anything of that nature; and it always makes me laugh when people think such a thing; because that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In the original Sacred Scriptures of what we have come to know as “The Bible,” Jesus was referred to as “Jesus THE Christ,” which when translated from ancient Sanskrit means, “Jesus, the Enlightened One” or “The One of Light.”

And for whatever reason, later editors of The Bible removed the “The” from in-between “Jesus” and “Christ,” and today the majority of our world refers to Jesus as “Jesus Christ.”

Anyway, when anyone takes what they believe as the “first” or “last” name of Jesus “in vain,” that ultimately brings upon darkness, as they are basically cursing “The Light.”

By the same regard, when someone corrupts the name “God,” which and who is “Love”…or better stated “Love IS God,” then they ultimately damn the idea, concept, and experience of Love itself in their lives.

And why would anyone want to “curse” that, whatever their beliefs or non-beliefs?

Is Suffering a Choice?

Since it is the cornerstone belief of Christianity that Jesus died for humanity’s sins, it may serve us to better understand, if just a little bit, of how suffering is perceived in the world. Certainly, the entire planet is at present suffering together against a common enemy: COVID-19 — the deadliest of coronaviruses.

So, with that said, years ago, I picked up a copy of L.A. Weekly, one of Los Angeles’ many popular “alternative” newspapers.

The cover referenced an article, titled, “Pain is Beauty,” which is a profile of vocalist Chelsea Wolfe (whose lead a challenging life) that has ultimately influenced her music. “Life is always bringing sh_t our way,” she relays in the article. “When we deal with it, we come out wiser and stronger and have a more beautiful outlook. Pain becomes beauty.”

I suppose that’s one way to look at it and, certainly, we have to look at things at however they work for us. But seeing that article made me think about how much “pain” we are willing to put ourselves through in this world, in general, sometimes for something as superficial and surficial as elective plastic surgery (as opposed to more pertinent surgery to restore one’s appearance resulting from birth defects or accidents, etc.). Other times, for something more compelling as spiritual development.

Ancient Beliefs

For centuries we have been led to believe by the ways and teachings of Buddha and again, the teachings of Christianity, that suffering is the ultimate way to life.

However, I disagree with this belief and propose another way:

Again, for me, Love is the best path to true fulfillment and enlightenment.

But that is a difficult concept for many to grasp in this world, especially those who seem so h.e.-double-hockey-sticks bent on feeling the need to embrace suffering to find or experience any kind of true Love, be it spiritual, romantic, sexual, familial; or finding it through the brother and sisterhood of humanity.

My truth of the matter is this:

As far as I can tell, the real God of Love in Heaven knows no suffering, and we have been tricked into believing that we must suffer to discover and experience Love on Earth.

Indeed, over time, many millions have been born into this world with birth defects, disease, and so forth. And many more millions have been blessed with beauty, pure health and wealth.

Such are the results of karma, which is part of the decisions we all make with and in Heaven, or at least a lower form of Heaven, before we come into this world.

But if it is true that Jesus suffered and died for our “sins” and, as a Catholic Christian, I believe that to be real, then, that suffering is over and we have already been “saved.” In fact, we have been “saved” ever since, and even by way of the time we previously spent in Heaven before we were born into this world.

But our present state of the world is certainly telling us something much different.

You are one of the “Lovely” Ones

If you have been blessed with purity of body, mind, spirit, health, and riches, you are not one of the “lucky” ones, but rather, one of the “lovely” ones — for there is no such thing as “luck” and there is only Love and the absence of Love; and into the conversation of the Absence of Love, unrests suffering.

However, do not allow any particular individual, group of individuals or religious or spiritual organization, lead you to believe that suffering is the path to enlightenment.

It may be “a” path — but it would serve you more productively to take the “higher path” — through Love; to understand that Love conquers all suffering; and that through Love, suffering does not even exist.

The Call To Love

Call and take Love upon yourself, and toss away the false belief that suffering is a path to enlightenment.

Confirm suffering instead as the big trick of this broken world and, instead fully embrace Love — and never be tricked again.

In your troubled times, and certainly, these times are troubling for us all, in one way or the other, try not to give more power to your pain; try not even to acknowledge your pain or your struggles, as numerous as they may be. Certainly, one core law of the Universe states, whatever we concentrate on, expands. If you focus on the bad, things get worse; but if you focus on the good, things get better.

Focus on the good; don’t allow this broken world to which we have all fallen from Heaven trick you into thinking that suffering is your only choice for enlightenment.

But in my belief system, there is another way, and suffering has nothing to do with the True God of Love in Heaven; not one dang thing to do with Heaven.


Just because those of Heaven do not know what it is to suffer, that does not mean that we should take lightly the suffering of those here on Earth. We should still have compassion and understanding of suffering and for those who are suffering — for that number is increasing exponentially in these very troubling times.

But ultimately, what I am suggesting is this — in your darkest hour, pray one prayer and one prayer only:

“Dear Light of Heaven, shine your Love upon me. Amen.”

From there, at least — in my opinion, and first-hand experience — some of the suffering will subside. And, one by one — over time — we will, singularly and collectively, bring Heaven on Earth, minus any false belief in and credence given to pain of any kind, shape, size, form or lowly sort.

More than anything, I believe this…

We are not lowly sorts. We are Children of the Light of Heaven.

That’s what I believe. That’s not what I’m pressing anyone else to believe.

It’s what I believe.

Because I also happen to believe that God comes to us as we believe God to be. Christian? Through Jesus. Jewish? Through Abraham and Moses? Buddhist? Through Buddha. And so on, and so forth, and so good.

And if again, you consider yourself an Athesiest, surely you must at least believe in Love, or Yoda, or Mr. Spock? You have to believe in SOMETHING good, no?

Believing in SOMETHING good, can’t be a bad thing — for anyone.

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Herbie J Pilato writes about pop-culture, stays positive, and hosts THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, a TV talk show on Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime UK.

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