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This is a funny clip from The Big Bang Theory.  I comment on it below the posting.

The back story in this episode is Raj was part of a team that sent a satellite to Pluto, years before, and he was very concerned if  it would be activated when it arrived.  This puts him under great stress so he goes to his temple. When Raj begins to reflect on his experiences of going to his Hindu Temple, he  says that,  “…religion is a very personal thing”. Howard asks him about a structure on the temple, and Raj says that it means,  “…the connection between the human and the divine”  That’s nice, Howard replies.  Raj says when he is stressed that,  “…when I walk into the temple…I realize that we are part of great immense pattern. Call it God or the universe.  It’s a beautiful”  Howard likes that and all or sudden Raj’s car is dinged by an elderly man. Raj goes into rant against the poor man. Then Howard tells his friend that the probe is working.  Raj is again happy.

Though this is a sitcom, nevertheless I think it illustrates that pious religious feeling(s) are quite transitory and are not helpful to good moral behavior, nor for faith.  This episode reflects the current cultural understanding of faith:  it is a “very personal thing”.  In other words, it’s about me, it’s about the self. Faith, of any sort, Christian, Hindu, etc. is then more about religious/spiritual feelings than religious doctrine…a whole lot more!  The ding on Raj’s car was a real spiritual buzz kill for him.  We can not rely on our feelings and emotions to carry the day.  It is self-centered and part of our selfie world. I know this sitcom scene portrays a piece of real living really because I could likewise go into a rant after a pietistic flight of feeling.  Raj’s “namaste” did nothing for the old man. It should not have been the response:  sorrow over sin is appropriate, or at least an apology.  “Namaste”  with the gesture means to “bow to the divine” in another person.  There is nothing divine by nature in us. The “ding” proved that in this short sitcom scene. We sin.  The current trend of  pietistic feelings likes the warm fuzzy of the divine being in each of us, but this episode helps disprove that pietism.  Namaste doesn’t cut it.  God’s forgiveness in Christ cuts it. 

Religious feeling is no “rock of salvation”, the Lord is. Please read:Psalm 61: 2 Psalm 89:26 Matthew 7:24 Matthew 16:18.  The Lord is the rock and this faith is as hard as nails and we can rely on Him, not on my heartfelt feelings, no matter how ‘pious’. 

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