growing up influenced by the religious beliefs of my family, i was catechized to think of people merely as god's chattle. it seemed heretical to put humans on par with god or jesus, saying 'the god in me bows to the god in you'. western religions see us as god's subjects, but eastern religions see us as god's substance. nowadays, the distinctions between eastern and western religion are seeming to morph into a spirituality that blends the two. i just go by what 'feels' right for me, and seeing myself as somehow separate and distinct from god limits narrows and suffocates me. we are not 'god, the ultimate eminent being', but as much as we are our earthy father such as we are 'of him', are we chips off the ole block. and the chip that i am honors the chip that you are. how could such a respectfulness be taken as an insult? perhaps a gesture of gratitude, such as a nod, or an accepting smile might be an appropriate response to such a kindly greeting.
Ron Schulz, MSPC, NCC