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Religion How It Helps or Impairs Mental Stability Part 2
RELIGION How it HELPS or Impairs Mental Stability
Christianity is much more than just a religion! It is so much more than a social club. In general, for many, religion has turned into a manufactured system where rules are dictated, regulated and policies are made. Quite often there is an ever increasing list of do’s and dont's to conform to, which sometimes go so far as to require a staunch or restrictive dress code. Often actually forsaking the Power of the Holy Spirit’s ability to transform the individual’s life from the inside out! The Holy Spirit is the ultimate Spiritual Guide and Teacher! The Word of God teaches us that true worshipers worship the Father “In Spirit and in TRUTH!” John 4.
Keep in mind that the LORD is the most HIGH GOD who desires to continually transform the lives of devoted believers and reach out to the world! Above Him is no other! Without the Lord one is disconnected and is but a wretched lost human being, living aimlessly in the flesh without promise of eternal life!
Once we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we then have purpose and are adopted into the family of God! We embark upon a life of becoming enlightened, spiritual growth and being renewed as we apply His godly principles to our own lives. The Promise of Eternal Life waits as we grow spiritually realizing that we are forever “becoming…” As long as there is breath in the body there is Hope! NEVER underestimate the POWER of the LORD! “What is impossible with man is POSSIBLE WITH GOD!
God intended for Christianity to be a daily lifestyle centered on and around Him! His Son Christ Jesus is His Living Word. His Holy Spirit, The Comforter are ALL an AWESOME OMNIPOTENT ONE! Christianity consists of the process by which we can learn the origins of man and draw closer to our Creator and Governor of the universe! We can discover more about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and commence to live life to daily please the LORD!
It is the “GOOD NEWS GOSPEL!” The central tenet in the Christian Faith is our belief in JESUS CHRIST and HIS WORD. He actually was God incarnate within sinless human flesh. The world was spoken into existence through Jesus! He actually became the WORD wrapped in flesh! “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD. He was with GOD from the beginning. Through HIM ALL things were made; without HIM nothing was made that has been made. In HIM was life, and that life was the LIGHT of men...” John 1. Acceptance of Him as Lord and Savior is a definite requirement for all Christians. He reconciles us to the Most High God and gives us the gift of Salvation, His Holy Spirit and the inheritance of Eternal life! It is not of ourselves but only by HIS GRACE CAN we be SAVED!
Let’s take a momentary glance into the secular perception of religion from a widely respected source. Dr. Sigmund Freud who is well known for his psychoanalytical theories, perspective on religion says:” Religious faith produces a repression of impulses and thus keeps the personality secure at the expense of honesty.” He is recognized as the father of “Psychoanalysis.” He also developed many of the concepts in *Psychology.” It is here the mind and behaviors are studied.
“Psychology is the study of the mental processes and behavior. The term psychology comes from the Greek word psyche meaning "breath, spirit, soul" and the logia meaning "study of." Psychology emerged from biology and philosophy and is closely linked to other disciplines including sociology, medicine, linguistics and anthropology”
Freud believed that the actual drive-oriented nature is overlooked because the aspect of human nature has long been suppressed by religion. People in their insecurity begin to look for a cosmic father in order to compensate for their feelings of inferiority and insecurity. Freud also believed that religious activities are rituals of compulsive behavior that are employed to temporarily ease the intense guilt feelings that are fostered by religion. Likewise Christians neurotically try to free themselves of guilt feelings by performing religious rituals. Freud also maintains that the dependency fostered by religion causes infantile regression.
Much to my dismay there is a minuscule element of truth in what Freud believed in regards to religion. I do not personally embrace his theories of psychology. But many do hide behind the guise of religion. There is a tendency to project a façade where things appear to be alright. They often go along with the majority and conform in order to feel connected to their particular group but remain insecure within themselves as an individual... There is often much ambivalence and unrest in their conscious relationship to God personally. They feel distant from Him trying to fill the inner void with some of everything!
Whenever the soul is not really anchored; the philosophies in regards to the origins of man becomes a playground for answers.
Whenever GOD is not the center of religion one can regress into this sea of uncertainty. Nothing is infallible and there is much doubt as to what has already been proven to be true! Every book written by man is questionable. What was wrong becomes right and therefore one becomes polluted by the world. The world continues to migrate further and further away from God as Creator and the principles of His Word. Many religious folks modify His Word to adjust to the current desires of society. Instead of the Church setting the standard they embrace the traditions of the world. We can learn much from the Word of God. When His principles are abandoned there is a downward shift in the overall moral standards.
The Bible does not ever contradict itself! The New Testament has fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament! There is no other book like the Bible! It was scribed by the hands of inspired God fearing men under the direction of the Lord. It is an extraordinarily remarkable library of infallible spiritual wisdom that is inclusive of 66 books! It cannot be fully grasped by the intellectual mind alone. One must solicit the Holy Spirit to intervene and illuminate the significant meanings of its plethora of Scriptures. It is also the ever all time best seller!
In order to not be lead astray it is important to know for yourself what the Word of God says! We as Christians believe and accept the TRUTH of GOD'S WORD by FAITH! This is why we are called “Believers.” When Christians follow the ways of the world rather than embrace the Word they usually have not actually taken the time to build an up close personal intimate “one on one” relationship with the Lord. Rather than stand firm they waiver and adapt to the current trends.
It is only with the Lord can one discover true “Security & Significance!” There is a tendency to encourage focusing on the outer rituals and traditions rather than to intrinsically search within to see where the true problem lies to resolve any inner conflict. The inner anxiety or unresolved issues can then become ongoing baggage that is carried throughout life producing anxiety when it is not addressed. God wants us to become whole! He wants us to take responsibility for our actions and take a stand for our rights. He wants to write His laws upon our hearts!
Inner Peace is truly attainable. It can be experienced when one readily repents (turns from) any wrong behavior and moves forward toward the Lord… God does not want us bogged down in guilt nor shackled to any uncivilized or inappropriate behavior. He wants us to be FREE! There are very good reasons why He has said DO NOT do some things! The world says do as you please! God wants us to become disciplined! A disciple is a learner! God wants to deliver us from whatever hinders us from growing spiritually and becoming all that He created us to be He wants us to; “Take My yoke upon you and learn of me. For I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your soul…” Matthew 11. This is why He has given us JESUS CHRIST to “SAVE” us from the power of sin reigning within our daily lives! GOD IS MORE THAN ABLE!
Jesus died to take upon Himself the sins of the world and make it possible for us to become directly reconnected back to GOD! Sin had widened the abyss between God and man. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are One! Jesus His only begotten Son humbled Himself to come to earth. He was Absolutely Divine! Shaped in the image of GOD In the form of a man marvelously wrapped in sinless flesh, He overcame sin for us because He loved us so! Christ Jesus bridged the gap between God and man and He actually became the only "PERFECT" example!
He arose with ALL power and took away the sting of death and sin. His Holy Spirit is our Comforter! We can now go straight to GOD wherever we are at anytime. He knows everything past, present and future about everyone and everything! This is why we all need Jesus Christ as Savior and LORD! He can and will make a significant difference in our life! You do not have to live a sin filled guilt ridden life. There is cleansing POWER in the PRECIOUS BLOOD of CHRIST JESJS! GOD wants an up close and personal daily relationship with each one of us! He wants to be a part of every area of our lives. We were created for HIS GLORY! Now that’s TRUE LOVE!
Prayer is communication with GOD and we need to regularly spend quality time with Him! His Word tells us in I Thessalonians 5; “Pray without ceasing, give Thanks in ALL circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus.” This is a continual mode of interacting with the Lord! It is a state of mind. We are able to consistently become more cognizant of a deeper awareness of HIS OMNIPRESENCE! There is nowhere we can go that God is not there...
As the people of GOD, there must be a growing daily focus on our personal relationship with the LORD that becomes more and more natural. We are able to grow spiritually each day. The purpose of life is to prepare us for eternity. Adoration, Worship and Praise continues on throughout eternity!
God’s Church is collectively all over the world made up of a diverse multiplicity of people of all races, colors and creeds that believe and embrace His Word! Whenever are wherever we come together and assemble as His Church we will be much more effective when we have spent time with Him throughout the week! We are to apply His principles to our own lives and allow Him to guide us as He works out the kinks and wrinkles within our lives. Life is about becoming “perfected” which means to become completed in Him! We can invite Him into the "Messiness" of our lives. God wants us to have His Peace. We can be "in the world but not of the world." In Him alone can we find wholeness. We can also worship Him more freely as we draw near to Him! Worship becomes a part of our daily lifestyle.
I truly believe that it is the intentions of many to have God’s will done in their lives. However, all to often the desire to please man and to be accepted often supersedes the spiritual responsibility to be led by the Spirit. Man nor (wo)man was never meant to take the place of God. This is why it is important to embrace God's Omnipresence. God is absolutely aware of everything for He alone is Omniscient. It is important to seek Him above all else. Allowing people, situations and anything else get in between you and God the Creator disrupts inner peace This is where the conflict lies…
There is much spiritual warfare designed to entice believers away from God and to keep non believers from embracing God personally and intimately. We learn in Genesis that God created us in His own image. ( I don’t mean looking like Him) We are mind, body and soul. In essence we are spiritual and relational beings. We have been created for God’s purpose. Until we arrive at the point that helps us realize just that, we can often unconsciously create more adversity and anxiety in our lives trying to adapt and please man. This in turn can and will at times create a mental deficiency because the deep void remains. This void can be filled by many things… But they never will really quite satisfy. God has created a space within us that only He can fill! Ideally speaking; Did you know that if we were all following the Lord we truly would really be on one accord. There would also be a lot less schisms, splits and division within the Body of Christ!
"God is not the Author of confusion. But of Peace, as in all churches..."Thessalonians 14
Religion ritualistically practiced often focuses on the exterior. Encouraging others to worship in a way they deem appropriate by their denomination or non denomination at a certain time rather than ascertain a truly intimate relationship with the Lord. Some tell you when to clap, when to raise your hands, even when to shout and when to fellowship? What do you mean? A few examples! If you are too quiet you can be perceived as standoffish and unemotional. If you don’t speak in tongues you don’t have the Holy Spirit. If you wear makeup you are being carnal… If you don’t pay tithes… If you give a lot you are trying to impress... If you don't do everything you are told, If you do not wear long dresses or cover your head… If you don’t come to the service every Sunday… If you don't attend Bible Study... If you shout and pray loud you are... If you are quite emotional it can be perceived as being more spiritual… If you are… Lord Help Us!
Sometimes you need to just close your eyes and focus upon the Lord. "Be still and Know!" Find something or someone to look upon in worship; although you are really not looking at it or them. You merely want to focus your attention upon the Lord inwardly. However you want to be careful because some of everything can happen within or during worship in these last days so you want to be mindful of who and what you are around. Stay in a "Pray without ceasing" mode. Pray for those in attendance as well. The tares are also present when you worship. It is good when you worship with someone who you are on one accord with. You can do so freely when you both are on one accord because you know that the Lord is in the midst... Knowing the Word is Good!
The point is worship is personal and the objective of our worship should always be to worship the LORD. Whether in private or publicly. Everyday is a day to worship and praise the Lord. Everyday is day to spend time with the Lord in His Word. We know not when our Lord is going to return. The wonderful thing about God is HE KNOWS ALL of our hearts! God wants you to be the best You! He does not what us to conform to man. He wants our minds to be transformed and renewed by HIS WORD. Conforming to be accepted can leave one with an even greater void. It is important to know that God really is always with us. The Word tells us the proper way to worship God is to be led by His Holy Spirit! Remember! “GOD is a SPIRIT and HIS TRUE worshipers worship HIM in SPIRIT and in TRUTH!” John 4.
In many cases it is not said in an audible language, yet there is a penalty for not adhering to what is expected, sometimes resulting in labeling or alienation. Many are far few and in between that have truly experienced the unconditional Love that is so often spoken of. However there often is a cultic acceptance within the core group. This is nothing new, way back when even the Samaritans, Gentiles and Jews differed in their concept of worship. This is why we currently in this 21st century have so many denominations, non denominations and varied places of worship. The majority of their origins are systemic from division, discontentment and or someone being expelled from their group then deciding to start something different. Some groups are quite cultic. Starting more and more congregations is not the answer. All mankind is subject to err. God has only One Church. He is not coming back for a building... So it is important to know the Word for yourself. It is important that your chosen place of worship does not usually compromise the Word of God. Know that ultimately God who is Love is really the only source of unconditional Love. He Loves us because HE is LOVE! It is in HIM you can experience TRUE LOVE, inner fulfillment and HIS PEACE! Spend time each day growing closer to the Lord! The LORD has a purpose and plan just for you...
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