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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Quiet Thoughtful Sundays: Churches and Temples

I love this montage of churches, temples and mosques. Whenever I go to another town, State or another country, the places of worship always catch my eye and attention. I always wonder what kinds of people worship in these places and what their beliefs are. I do quite a bit or reading on world religions because I find it fascinating. I enjoy reading the background of various religions whether they concur with my own convictions or not. I think sometimes that the only way that we could perhaps stop some of these holy wars is to seek to understand other peoples beliefs......maybe respect the fact that they have the right to beleive as they do and allow them to follow their own convictions. Of course, I'm not speaking of extremist groups that harm other's. I absolutely can't wrap my brain around any religion that harms other human beings in the name of God. Nothing will ever make me understand that.

Matthew Chapter 22 verses 36-39:
36: Master,which is the greatest commandment in the law?
37: Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind".
38: "This is the first and great comandment".
39: "And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself".





Wishing you an amazing quiet thoughtful Sunday.


Steady On
Reggie Girl

33 comments:

  1. The different architecture of church buildings is amazing, isn't it? This is a pretty collage and beautiful Bible verses today. Enjoy your Sunday.

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  2. Verse 37 is one of my favorites.
    Love and Blessings to you my friend.

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  3. I too have a fascination with sacred spaces- i have found that what ever the denomination- the energy feels the same- high and pure- BLISS xx

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  4. I love old churches and temples too. There is something so serene about them. As it is meant to be, I suppose. I couldn't agree more about respecting one another's beliefs. Thanks for the reminder and the the great photos.

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  5. Sounds like we are kindred spirits...Thank you for stopping by sitka's blog. Hope you will come again...love and prayers, andrea

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  6. I also share a fascination of religons. Your post further reminded me of one of my favorite sayings...Seek first to understand, and then be understood!
    Beautiful post. Hope you are feeling okay...thinking of you and sending love and hugs.
    xoxoxo

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  7. People are so capable of twisting things to their own viewpoint aren't they?

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  8. Hear, hear.

    Had the opportunity to go to Florence some years ago. There is a really old little church there, the Baptistry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Baptistry) built around 1100. You could feel the souls that had been bared there. The sandled or unshod feet that had trod the floor, knelt at the altar. An experience.

    We are tribal critters. My tribe is better than yours, my state is better, I can speak the words in my profession and you can't, we will go to Heaven and you won't. But as thinking critters, we don't have to suffer under the evil aspects of those instincts, either.

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  9. I used to have a "thing" with photographing places of worship...they are always beautiful, no matter the size. Love this post :)

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  10. Church buildings have been made in lots of different styles, haven't they? Beautiful pictures.

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  11. OH Reggie girl (:)

    you make me blush..hehe
    I do have fun that's forsure..Crafting ~

    Lovely post.. oh yes if only the world would
    be run it ''the way I want it to''
    ..man oh man what a messy world..
    well blessings and
    Pray for life, love,& peace(:)
    hugs,Patty

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  12. Thanks for popping by my blog! I love the churches, we went for a drive today and I captured a few myself. I love that here the churches are usually from sometime in the 1600-1700's. It makes you wonder how they managed to build them without modern technology!

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  13. I'm not a "church goer", but there is something about churches...I have always wanted to publish a book of churches of the world. Maybe I still will...

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  14. "I stopped into a church, I passed along the way..." (Simon and Garfunkel)

    It was nice visiting your "church" today. The sermon was lovely and inspiring. I've already shared it with another.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Beautiful verses and pictures of places to worship! Thank you for sharing the beauty of Sunday!

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  16. Hey Mama, I wasn't able to go to church this morning... Thanks for this post... Simple honest pure! I did leace a comment on my other post about you prayer.. But I wanted to come over here and tell you how very much that meant to me, you so far from me and knowing there is someone i don't even know prayer and thinking about me, it really filles my heart w/ Joy!!!
    Peace mama...

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  17. Yes. I agree.

    Hope you are well xx

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  18. "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all. Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error. Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal. Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness. Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual."

    And so shall you be healed.

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  19. The most beautiful churces I have ever been fortunate enough to see were in Mexico City. I am not Catholic, but I felt such a calm come over me whenever I entered one of those AMAZING churches!

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  20. I agree with your sentiments and those of the others. It is a good thing to respect and think about sacred places and others beliefs. :o)

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  21. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I would LOVE to donate to the Humane Society through hits on my blog. Do you just do that yourself, or is it something you set up? I only can help them by adopting, encouraging others to adopt, or donating money. If I actually go to walk dogs, I'd end up adopting every single one. And my husband would not be pleased. So, please, tell me how you're doing it.

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  22. These buildings were made to last weren't they?

    Thank you for your sweet comments! I especially loved what you said "my home sings because my heart sings." What a lovely quote!

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  23. I'm glad that you posted about a great reminder to all of us- basic respect for our individual beliefs. I'd love for you to come see some of the LDS temples and the architecture uniqueness of each one!

    First time visitor here, and I'm glad it's about this post. Thanks!

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  24. I have the same trouble wrapping my brain around religions that condone violence as well. It may be an ethno-cultural bias on my behalf, but if you preach violence, I'm not with you.

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  25. What gorgeous photos!! I have never thought to photograph churches and the like, but wow, how beautiful!

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  26. Love the photo collage you made and beautiful words you wrote along with them,I too wish we could all learn to simply accept and embrace each other as we are.
    Your Pin Up cuties are adorable,made me wonder who the models might have been and did their Mother's know what they were up too?
    Have a fantastic and blessed evening.
    Terry

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  27. hiya there deary. i love the photo collage!

    hey ya there...check out my march 21 post...you won one of my giveaways...it will tell you want to do. be well.

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  28. I'm Catholic but I don't have a sturdy faith. I'm still confused, I believe I'll get to understanding when the time comes - my calling, that is.

    And same here, I like to read the background of Religions that I encounter. Some info is shocking. You're right, if people would only respect each other when it comes to Religion and just do the humane way, then we would all be fine!

    I agree with TERRY, I love your Pin Up Girl app! I love seeing new girls everyday!

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  29. Hi Reggie. I'm fascinated by all religions too. I love to read everything I can about every faith. Thanks for sharing all your great photos.

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  30. By the way, what's the next topic for the shootout? :)

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  31. Hi RG, how are you feeling? I have been thinking of you. Your church post today is another nice one. I love the churches too, especially over here with their high pointed steeples rising above the rest of the town. If I could I would stop every where I go and get pictures of them, but i fear hubby dear is not too pleased when we are on the highway and I want him to stop every 10 minutes. So I stay content to just enjoy them as we drive past knowing that one of these days I will have my camera ready and get a pic on the way thru! :-) As for the Golden Girls, I just love Blanche too. I read the book the Rue Maclanahan wrote, and it was just as great! Take care. Debby

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  32. I absolutely loved this post. My faith is still a journey that I'm following...I believe I was led to your post...my own post yesterday was similar and I've never before posted about faith. Thanks so much for putting into words what I'm still working out. Blessings...

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