If you ask me about my path of spirituality, I will educate you. No, I wasn’t born into it, but my ancestors were born into it, and their spiritual DNA runs through my soul and blood.
If you ask about sacrifices in my religion, I will tell you it is humbling to ask a sentient being to accept my sins. It is done in the Bible. Animal sacrifice is practiced in many religions today, including Judaism, Islam, and some orthodox sects. What’s illegal about it when you accept a human sacrifice for your sins? Read it again, Christians believe in human sacrifice. Is that an irony or hypocrisy?
Why do I wear colorful elekes around my neck you wonder? Because they represent the many spiritual emanations of God present in the elements and the cosmos. Why do you wear a cross or crucifix? Is it not a representation and declaration of your faith?
If you say the practice of my ancestral religion is wrong, I must respond with this retort. We don’t discriminate against any people as you do. Our belief is the betterment of the whole person. Your view is to make others sinners, and their redemption is dependent on the acceptance of a human sacrifice ordered by God, and perpetuated by organized Christianity.
Most Western religions have no tolerance for any person or spirituality different from their religion. There is no understanding, no respect nor acceptance, only judgment. My faith promotes love, balance, harmony, and compassion. If you say you follow Jesus, you must explain your religious intolerance of others and why you promote bigotry and hate. You see, I too have a personal relationship with Christ, and I know he would burn most churches to the ground if he were walking the earth today. There is no conflict in my spirit as I see God in all paths of spirituality.
~ Dr. Christos Kioni, MSCD, h.c.