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Peace & Blessings to All:
I am new to this Beliefnet.com community, although I am not new to Beliefnet.com, the website. I see ads for all sorts of things on this site, granted most are probably paid advertising, but they are there nonetheless.
I haven't ever been to the Discount Home Shoppers Club site to know whether there is anything "spiritual" there or not. But what if there is something there even; what if they have some cutesy crafts that have inspirational sayings on them or inspirational items? Wouldn't we want people who have been turned off from "organized religious institutions" and are seeking something other than traditional religion to find their way to the Beauty of God somehow?
I have on my profile, I have a link to a website called bookhitch.com where I found an awesome book of poetry, called Rain of Grace New & Selected Poems by S IAM , and I am unashamedly sharing that with whoever visits my profile. It's not a classically religious book, but I experienced an elevation that is hard for me to articulate into words, just by reading the experiences of this mystic as he tells them through poetry. Some of the poems are full of tragic abuse and war atrocities; some are beautiful odes, some are new-age or metaphysical like the funny one on flatulency. Does that mean that I am advertising some non-spiritual, non-religious, non-Beliefnet.com type business or product? I don’t think so.
Let’s suppose something in regards to the DHSC: if I buy a tool set [assuming that’s a product sold there] from DHSC and I can lend or give them to someone who may use them to repair a widow’s door locks so that she isn’t mugged, raped, or killed, then I have saved a life. I find preservation of life very religious and definitely very spiritual; because it fulfills the second greatest commandment as spoken by Jesus, the Christ, “And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31) – and “…The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.” (Mark 12:29-30)
I don’t think that things have to be inscribed with the words ‘God’, ‘religious’, ‘spiritual’, and the like or display iconographic images of some one’s interpretation of “God”, “angels”, etc. to be spiritual in either nature or intended use. In order to negate this possible scenario, one would have to be able to see into the advertiser’s heart(s) or have been told directly the intention behind promoting the DHSC. This next statement may be considered an unsolicited promotion, but I would prescribe a healthy dose of The Sultan And The Saint and Metaphysical Poets’ Flatulenting Association from the book, Rain of Grace New & Selected Poems by S IAM to relieve this kind of spiritual constipation.
"The spirit of fear is agitation;
The action of fear is repulsion;
The spirit of Love is peace;
The action of Love is captivation.
Fear fear, not Love!"