Don’t Worship What You Read

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Don’t Worship What You Read

By Jane Tawel

January 23, 2021

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Don’t worship what you read,

It isn’t set in stone.

No matter if it’s law or creed,

or pamph-a-let or tome;

We have to understand that words

are personalized and timely.

So, hang in here a while with me

While I spin my thoughts rhyme-ly.

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You understand, it’s just a book,

or documents by nations?

It’s full of good advice and thoughts,

But it’s mostly information.

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All words were written down by folks

and much we read make darn good quotes.

But when we living now do sneer,

at solving issues close and near

by claiming dead views we adhere

or treating history like we fear

that men were gods or words are holy —

We enter into dangerous folly!

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Our founding fathers and our priests

once lived as we now live.

Their wisdom and their prophesies,

attention we should give.

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But no words stand above The Truth.

Words used as weapons are abuse.

And how in God’s name up above,

did we think we can’t give a shove

to aged words or history’s troves

to live instead in Truth and Love?

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And here’s a radical blunt thought,

What we believe is “truth” may not

one day be what we finally see,

when Life is no more mystery,

and we become, both you and me

Divinely human, as we’re meant to be

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While lots of doctrines are quite true,

there’s Truth right here, in front of you.

But any faith, party, or state,

That won’t teach love instead of hate,

is messing with intent of creed.

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Folks, we no longer should believe,

that old words slanted or decreed

by people stuck in lies and greed

should lead or feed or make us heed,

Just ’cause it’s based on some old screed.

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All times and places ebb and flow,

and Yesterday we did not know

how in this moment, we should go,

or what to others we’d now owe.

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Please stop believing God is done,

with tweaking humans’ weltanschaunng.

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It should be clear that ancient creeds

were not writ down in stone.

Our problems Now we have to heed;

Our lot we have to own.

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Though history warns us things remain

much as they were before;

they also change, as we must do;

Our Times we can’t ignore.

The only things once scribed in stone,

that God says to obey,

teach us to Love our fellow folks,

and walk in The Good Way.

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So, seek the Light and just be good

and learn all you can learn.

But do not worship creeds or books

New Ways must be discerned.

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For even words indeed inspired

are obviously aged.

So, find what heals

and love what’s real.

Don’t worship words on pages.

© Jane Tawel 2021

Still not old enough to know better. Enjoys philosophy, spirituality, poetry, books of all genres.Often torn between encouragement & self-directed chastisement.

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