Layman’s Creed and all that: SJ Murphy

I wrote Layman’s Creed and all that a while ago: it is in my book Adrift in a Mind.

I’ve done time, not that type of time,
Done time, stood up and assembled,
“We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of Heaven and Earth”, the Nicene Creed and all that.

Little old me,
Prefer to believe, in a good Man,
Many men but this Man,
Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum.

Spoke out for what he believed,
Beliefs, not conventional or – right,
“Be careful” His friends whispered,
Stood by Him, til the last, most.

Tracked down, captured, humiliated,
Tortured, nailed, left to die,
One to His right, one to His left,
Jesus the Nazarene King of the Jews.

Nailed, through hands, nailed through feet,
Nailed, suppos’d friend, suppos’d follower,
Last thoughts, of forgiveness,
For the nailers and the nailer.

Forgiveness, a wonderful gift,
Wonderful ability and state,
Of the mind, to forgive and offer prayers,
When nailed, crucified and dying.

Might still be there if these were the words,
When stood up and assembled,
“I believe in one Jesus, the Man, the Forgiver,
maker of Christianity and Faith”, the Layman’s Creed and all that.


5 thoughts on “Layman’s Creed and all that: SJ Murphy

  1. Loved this one, Steve. I hate how organized religion tries to force you into a narrow little path when there are so many beautiful side streets to explore. I, too, prefer the layman’s creed. The picture goes perfectly with your poem.

  2. I came to the conclusion with religion that it was a community for people that were able to be part of that group and I didn’t need to be part of that group because it was saying things I didn’t agree with – but I do believe in Christian values and do my best to be a nice person doing only good things – boring hey ?! But I don’t knock old ladies down in the street so in my book that makes me OK 🙂

    1. Definitely OK…not knocking old ladies down (or young ladies up) is really the only thing of importance. 🙂 But seriously, I agree. It’s more important to be a good person than a religious person.

  3. my experience with faith is nothing like you’ve mentioned here. many ideas of God have been tainted by man, the church, and judgment. luckily for us, it’s a personal decision never affected by the opinions of others. thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. You’re very welcome Reese, it was the bit where I was saying in church, “I believe in God”, I was thinking inside I don’t believe this – so that was time to stop going – but more importantly for me is to be good and kind to our fellow human beings 🙂 thanks for the comment !!

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