Some 20 years after finishing the search I never started, I have finally found my Lord & Saviour. Now before you picture me being dunked in the creek or kneeling at the altar, you need to understand this,
My God isn’t in an ancient book, he isn’t personified in a statue over Rio or even mirrored in the window of a church. My God, is more likely at the bowling alley sinking a couple of White Russians, with his buddies.
For I am a committed Dudeist! In fact I am an ordained Dudeist priest.
My God is Jeff ‘The Dude’ Lebowski. Made famous in the 1998 movie the ‘Big Lebowski’, though it’s probably fair to say The Dude wouldn’t like being described as a God, but he is the modern inspiration for Dudeism.
The Dudeist way, in its simplest form, teaches that Life is short, complicated and nobody knows what to do about it. So don’t do anything about it. Just take it easy, man & stop worrying so much.
While Dudeism, like most other religions, has teachings and even books of reference for followers to consult, it doesn’t have or even see the need for opulent expensive places of worship like other religions, nor does it require a lifetime of obedience to save oneself from an eternity of slowly melting down below. I don’t mean Australia.
Based on Taoism, Dudeism can be viewed as a joke religion or just a joke full stop, but when you consider that in the most basic of terms all it asks of you is to abide, abide by doing nothing more than taking it easy.
It’s never been the cause of conflict or War, it’s not steeped in scandal or disputed origins.. it’s too Damm chilled out for that! So in a World stacked full of pain, suffering & conflict, why can’t a simplistic World view & zen like ethos win the day?
Christianity, Judaism, Islam. Three religions that all roughly come from the same origin story yet now sit poles apart, fighting over land, history & their desire to identify the one true God.
It is said that Jesus Christ will return to Earth & save those who believed in him. If this does ever happen & isn’t, as I suspect, a carrot & stick type scenario, surely JC would be more preoccupied with seeking some answers.
Why are there so many people starving & living in poverty, yet at the same time the Churches poses such wealth?
Why have you spent money that could help the needy building so many expensive Churches in which to worship my Father?
After all this planet of ours was created without Holy places, without Countries & without Borders. Man has made all of these things, spurned on in many cases by his interpretation of the wishes of his Lord.
Man, crusading under the banner of the religion of his birth, has a lot to answer for, so let’s fix the mess, let’s just take it easy Man.
Dudeism is an officially recognised Religion with almost 500,000 registered members. In the spirit of its relaxed teachings its the World slowest growing religion, but hey, what’s the rush?
Want to know more? Check out www.dudeism.com
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