Charity Is Not Free

It used to be when people are genuinely kind and generous. I guess education got in the way. We are the product of the subtle oppressive written laws and practices of the church. What is written and practiced has instilled in us and caused us to have a sense of fear, guilt, indebtedness, and obligated.

The worse part is, we become conditioned to go back for more and somehow addicted to the sort of treatments dished out to us. That is perhaps the success of organized religion where we are shaped to conform.

But things are starting to change now that reality is setting in for what is thought to be free and charitable. It needs money to operate and stay relevant in a changing world. And when money is involved, people want their dollar worth and when that does not happen, the number drops.

Ultimately, it is up to us individuals to discern what is right for us spiritually.

Being unique individuals, we all have purposes in life. We are all capable of bringing blips of disruptions to an otherwise mundane world.

But those in position of power does not like disruptions so they have resorted to using various means to manipulate the majority by feeding our minds what is good or bad for us.

I believe that we ought to constantly remind ourselves to be unique and live out our purpose even if it means that we need to bring about blips of disruptions and cause discomforts that challenges the norm and widely acceptable but not necessarily best approaches to life.

So what’s youe blip?

Faith As A Service

Whether if you are aware or not, chances are you are part of cloud computing. If you have an email account with the likes of yahoo! or gmail, you are already using a service on the cloud. Google Apps are good example of the Software As A Service (SAAS) model.

Over the weekend, a short documentary was shown in church and it ended with a short web store advertisement selling religious articles. The advertisement’s closing statement was something along the lines of “click on the link below…for one of a kind shopping experience..”

Having had thought about the different styles of preaching between priests earlier, I coined the idea of “Faith As A Service” where the practice of faith move with the times, technologically speaking. Perhaps believers will soon be able to “subscribe” and “follow” whichever ideology or theology preferred.

It is undeniable that there is no one size fits all model when it comes to personal choices like religion especially when its core objective in my opinion is to help its followers learn the good ways of cultivating a fulfilling and healthy spiritual life.

Moving forward, I reckon that people would like to have access to instant quick fixes for their spiritual needs. Perhaps churches will move towards embracing technology to administer the sacraments as well.

Imagine an on-line penitential service portal where parishioners can receive the sacrament of reconciliation anonymously through various mediums like “live-chat”, “private message, or even a voice call. Why not?

I always believe that confession is an outlet for people to heal psychologically. The beliefs that one has “released” all of his or her sins through confessing them and to receive absolution is a way the church ease the guilt a person is holding onto. To a certain extent, keeping the confessors’ anonymity will help encourage more people coming forward to receive the sacrament.

These are probably unacceptable ideas in the eyes of the rigid laws of the church but if it works and if the church is genuine in helping to save souls, every idea is worth exploring, no?

Like all things new, are we ready to take the leap of faith and bring church onto the cloud as Faith As A Service?