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.