I'm losing my religion

Losing my religion

 

Alright, here is what I know, emotions can cause blindness. When we love, we may not see what others see in our relationships and vice versa, not good or bad, just perceptions (opinions) that differ.

 In a previous hub, I suggested that not all would would believe Christ is the way, the one and only way to the Father. Now then, we, you and I, may agree this is a true statement yet others would not agree. Do we, as Christians, belittle their opinion, do we write them off as a lost cause? Let me ask you this, why did Jesus come here? The main reason, was it not to save us from ourselves, were we not living in such sin , and we, being loved by the Father so much, instead of destroying us and leaving only a remnant to start rebuilding from once again, He would give us His Son as a sacrifice instead.

 What has been a slap to my face, and maybe yours as well, is the vehement language and actions of others when saying "Christ is the only way"; What does this gain? Does it make us a more righteous person, will it win over souls in the love of Christ, the answer is no. What it does, in my opinion, is to make us appear to be religious zealots, therefore, I have made a correction in course in my own life and relationship with God, God as the Trinity (for me), to be/become more tolerant of other's point of view.

 John 18:10-11 (New International Version)

 10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant's name was Malchus.)

 11Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?"

 Now, I must add this, the Bible, the Holy Bible, which I use as my instructional guide on how to put/keep my life together, is a guide for me. When we say "It's not religion, it's a relationship" we need to mean it and not just repeat it. Before the Bible came into existence, there was the Pentateuch and various other books that would become the Bible we read today, one of those books is Isaiah, and in that book it speaks of One who comes and is slain without uttering a word, as in a sheep before the shearer (Isaiah 53); Why not let our words be our testimony, as well as our actions. Judaism,Muslim, Hindu, and whomever, or whatever religion they chose to follow, we should be tolerant and not condemning of them. So therefore, starting today, I am "LOSING MY RELIGION" in order that I might find God's children, ALL His children and not push them away. This may mean a more radical concept, not so unlike our Savior's life and His teaching. His teaching, His main teaching was one of "LOVE" first to love the LORD your God and second to love each other, and to do this without reservation, unconditionally if you can. Here is the reference scripture; http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%2012:28-40&version=NIV

 Just yesterday, and previously Thursday I went calling to people's doors, these people are strangers to me, but not to God. As I went door to door inviting them to a function at the church I attend, I noticed from a firsthand vantage point of how my own community has changed in it's ethnicity, without elaborating about which groups were represented, I need to address how we are all God's children and this is why I need to check my "religion" at the door.

From one poor soul, when I identified my affiliation with a certain religious organization, and suggested they attend the function (Fall Festival), I was told that my church had a hidden agenda, from behind the closed door, the female sounding voice assured me that they (my church) discriminates against homosexuals, of which (she?) is one, and that I should read between the lines and brush up on their agendas.

 Let me say this, yes there is scripture in the Bible condemning homosexuality, but there are equal amounts condemning judging of others. From my own mouth, I told (her?), I am part of ..., and as such, I am this organization of which you speak of, and I am not here to judge you now , or later. (She) says from behind the door, "read up on it sweetie", then, I feel as if another of God's children has been struck a blow.

Cause God is bigger than religion

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Only God knows for sure, what is right, what is wrong. 6 comments

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noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

ck to basics

The honeymoon phase, of my love of Christ over, not by a mile, there is a change going on inside of me however, and that is a change towards tolerance.

I have been a zealot, and I have been and am still a sinner, what more is t...here to say then. Well each time I do speak, at least I try my hardest not to speak in anger, and equally I try not to be judgemental.I am therefore addressing myself through these posts, as much as I am sharing thoughts with you. I ask for your forgiveness in advance if I offend, or if the words are favorable/enlightening, I ask all praise go to the LORD.

Concerning the Bible; I believe it is from the inspiration of God , ordinary men documented extraordinary experiences, factually and carefully, to be shared as testimony of the LORD’s awesome power and love of mankind. Now, as an addition to the previous statement concerning love of mankind, I believe the LORD did indeed reveal his glory to others and they also have an inheritance towards future glory awaiting them, the key difference is being able to accept that Spirit of God, for me that Spirit comes through Jesus Christ, He as my Savior, therefore, do I reject their friendship or fellowship because of this difference, I can’t.

What I am now learning and trying diligently to put into action, is love of mankind without judgment, it is not as easy a task as I would have thought, for in a moments time I would resolve to show grace towards another who has a differing viewpoint, and then in that next moment, perhaps through a comment they make, recant and become their judge. My basis for judging others could be found in scripture, and I might be able to convince another of their folly through it, but right is right and wrong is wrong, we each have scripture tattooed directly on our hearts, the Bible is only the reference. A prime example of this is; Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father, that statement is in scripture in varying degrees of wording in our Bibles. We as Christians, have a greater responsibility to accept those who are different and show them the grace that Jesus showed. We have been an arrogant, prideful, difficult group of individuals, yet God LOVED us enough to send his Son, where’s our love, why must we feel so compelled to chastise one another even before accepting each other as a child of God.

This is my reason for this note “Back to Basics” the basis of Christ coming the first time was from the standpoint of love, then his second coming will be to harvest, but it is his to do, not ours. We need only spread the gospel, not act as self appointed enforcers of it.

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

Love 1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Very well done! It's so easy to be judgemental towards others. People of other faiths or no faith at all. People who disagree with us on any issue. I applaud your awakening. I have much room for growth as well. I pray that God will enlighten and strengthen us both as well as any who read this. Let us all be shining lights in a crooked depraved world as we hold out the word of truth. Let us always remember the value God has placed on the souls of all men. Let us not get in His way as He wins their hearts and minds through love. Let us join with Him in this endeaver.


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noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

i am nothing more than a sinner, as is that woman behind the door that I had invited to the festival.

It truly felt like an electrical shock to hear the hurt in her voice, who am I to judge her, who am I to judge anyone? LORD help us all to become more compassionate towards others and end abuses, physical or verbal, because of our own beliefs. We can not help anyone if were unwilling to reach out a hand.

I knocked on that door to deliver a good gift, a gift of fellowship, yet as far as she knew, maybe it was a snake instead. reference Matthew 7:9-12

To Fred, Amen Fred,amen.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

noturningback: I was raised in the Roman Catholic Religion and Church. In my mid teens some 47 years ago, I began to question the Catholic teachings I had received. I especially began to question them when I witnessed how easily the church could change different things. I picked up a bible I had been given which was not a Catholic issue as theirs is different from others having added some extra books, ie. The Book of Wisdom, in the "Old Testament" and I slowly discovered "CHRISTIANITY" for myself. Then about 12 years ago, on a Sunday morning, while preparing to go to Mass, I happened to stumble across this Baptist Minister Charles Stanley who has a TV Evangelizing program. Things he was saying touched my heart so that I knew that what He said came from God, so I have followed his program ever since and by doing so I have given myself over to Jesus. Since that Sunday 12 years ago, I have declared my self to be a Christian and have tried to live my life as a Christian. I do not call myself a Catholic any longer. I do still attend mass in the Catholic church and I do sing with two different church Choirs, but I refuse to do catholic rituals if I do not believe them to be Christian, and cannot be substantiated in The Holy Bible. Some my call me hypocritical, but I believe I am doing as God asks of me. If God said leave this church I would obey.

I'm telling you all of this because I do not believe I am following any specific "Religion" I am though following My Lord Jesus Christ.

Brother Dave.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

"Seek and ye shall find." Interesting hub, but I came close to disagreement...then found common ground again. Thanks for sharing your courageous heart.


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA Author

frogyfish, thanks for sharing in the love of each other.

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