New Religious Are on the Rise

Carl grew up being a Christian, but he never felt like he identified with that faith, although he still viewed religion as being a very important part in his life.  He tried being Jewish, but that was not working for him, so he switched to the Muslim religion, then he became a Buddhist and then he converted to being a Hindu.  Carl was conflicted, nothing gave him the satisfaction he was seeking until he ran into a man that was starting a new religious movement of Omnism, that combined all the beliefs of God together, so everybody’s God was the same.  Carl knew that there was an element of truth in every religion that he had practiced, but all of them were missing a key ingredient, which never allowed him to feel close to God.  He felt this message was so powerful that the light emanating from this religious unity should be able to illuminate the whole earth.  Carl was invited to the sacred temple where he was dressed in a red robe and told to stand before the Four Giant Heads which represented the living God on Earth.  Carl felt that he would finally be able to establish the relationship he was looking for by being in the vicinity of the great and powerful living God, but nothing happened.  He started praying and then something came to him, but it was not giving him the satisfaction he craved.  It was more like a déjà vu moment of Dorothy’s dog, Toto pulling back the curtain on the all-powerful Wizard of Oz revealing that he was a fake.  Once that curtain was pulled back, all his faith was gone.

Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #195.

10 thoughts on “New Religious Are on the Rise

  1. I definitely did like this Jim. We all search for that one thing that pulls it all together, but for many of us, it’s all a delusion, and yet we still keep searching, hoping to find something real and meaningful behind that curtains.

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  2. Two bishops were discussing the decline in morals in the twenty-first century. “I didn’t sleep with my wife before I was married,” said one clergyman self-righteously. “Did you?”
    “I don’t know,” shrugged the other. “What was her maiden name?” 🙂

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