May God burn me so completly that I and I am only pure energy blazing.
Heat is used to purify all things, from pasturized milk to gold and silver.
Religions often speaks of fire as punishment, Hell is made of fire. This fear of purification is present in many facets of religion. From the fear of death, to the forgiveness of past sins through confession and blessings that have no stipulation of responsibility (Jesus or whomever will cleanse you if you bow down and are humbled). The concept of a weekly cleansing/confessing creates an atmosphere that allows one to continue sinning over and over again. The concept of original sin is even more enabling as it states that all of humanity are sinners, just by existing, that sin is passed down due to the act of disobedience from Adam and Eve. This concept allows the "saved" to sin indefinatly while still holding a postion of athority over those who are not "saved" simply because they "know" and accept Jesus Christ as "lord". In other words if the "Son of God" is your master and you are His slave then you will not have to suffer judgment and therefore will not have to answer for your own sins. In other words, Jesus will claim you as his sheep and lead you to the front of the line instead of waiting in line with all the other animals. The underlying idea is that humans are beasts who belong to God, if you belong to the right flock the shepard will claim you as a dependant, if not the devil will claim you as fair game.
I am not a sheep. I am a lion. I am not part of the flock, I require no shepard. I have my own pride, we guide ourselves by the divine light and guidance that is God given and therefore our birthright. I follow the Christ spirit as a shepard in training, not as a lamb to the slaughter. My God has not asked me to grovel, my God has asked me to stand upright. What God is this who would ask his people to hide their face and bow? Where is the God who wants me to know the face of God, who giveth and taketh away? I follow no jealous God, no vengeful God, no angry God, no vain God who's praises I must sing all night and all day if I wish not to persish in a pit of fire. My God is fire, is heat, is flame, is life, does not burn and die but rather burns bright and lights the way home.
Moses and the burning bush.
Baptism by fire.
I pray to burn in the fire of life, to be added to the flame, to burn brighter than the sun, brighter than a thousand suns. If there is no fire in Heaven, then God must be in Hell. It is a cold and lonely place that has no heat and no flame, and my God does not reside there. If your God is cold and alone, then I will pray for you to find a warm heart to keep you from frozen toes. But peace be still and leave me and my God alone.