The Religion and Food Metaphor

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  1. LincolnSpector

    LincolnSpector Member

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    I picked up this metaphor from an off-hand comment by a Buddhist monk in the book The Jew in the Lotus. But I've expanded on it considerably.

    Religion can be looked upon as food.

    Consider the laws and rules that make us better people. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Practice loving kindness. Respect the environment. Reach out to that mystical something inside of you that can make you whole.

    This is religion's nutrition--Its fiber, protein, and vitamins.

    But there's more to religion than that. There's myth and ritual--celebrating holidays, listening to and repeating the stories, singing songs, and so forth.

    This is the seasoning, the herbs, the flavors that makes religion joyful and attracts people to it. This is the difference between Chinese food and Italian food, and the difference between one religion and another.

    But consider fast food. It's all about flavor, with only the slightest pretense of nutrition. And it's addictive.

    That's fundamentalism.
     
  2. wil

    wil UNeyeR1

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    Give us this day our daily bread.


    I don't see religion as food, I see religious practices as sustenance, sustaining, giving us the strength to carry on.
     
  3. Namaste Jesus

    Namaste Jesus Praise the Lord and Enjoy the Chai

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    According to my Grandnephew God is like a pizza and all the toppings represent the various religious beliefs around the world.
     

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