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Religion versus Faith and Belief and the Bible versus Love

Updated on September 12, 2013

I am just a cowboy preacher man

We all have our place and should respect that.
We all have our place and should respect that. | Source

There is not harmony because of Religion. That is just truth.

Religion is not faith. Religion is not Belief. The Bible does not supersede Love. Religion causes rifts. Religion makes people without faith and belief hate those that have it. The Bible is a book. The words in it are what are important not the fact it is a book. If you tore every page out and read separately you would still get the meaning and stories and the lessons. Christ and all the Apostles did not have a book. Paul did not have a book.

They had the Living Word. They did not even have a religion they were just followers, students and then teachers. I never saw it written that Christ said to Peter "you are the rock of my religion"

Here is a phrase that just hits the problem hard

The Bible say so! What? A book spoke? The is what forms religion and religion is neither faith nor belief. Faith comes from an inner space. It cannot be understood by someone who does not have it. Don't get me wrong they can intellectualize and scientifically break down and even debate it. But if you do not have it you cannot not "know". If someone got their faith from reading something it is suspect. Faith is not a thing. It is spiritual. It is not empirical nor scientifically provable. So if someone says they got their faith from a book think about that. Can a teacher teach faith? No. But can we get it from another - yes. It can be a "heart to heart" exchange. And it can be somewhat contagious. It can work like synergism. But it cannot be learned from a book..

Rap type music is strange to me, but this song is worth it

The song above brings us to belief

Some how this young man believes so strong in belief and he gets it across. Belief cannot be taught but it can be inspired. There is no place here for religion it is all about a personal relationship. Belief fully unloaded from his heart. Belief in something unseen. Belief in something so real to him that it changes his very behavior. He speaks of tragedy and wrong actions and depravity in his heart but his belief in God turns him around every time. One can always ask is it just his belief or is it actually God working in his life and the answer is always the same, God gave him the belief, belief did not give him God.

I look at such beauty and I say that it is nature, but God made it so.

Nature to me is Love
Nature to me is Love | Source

Are Christians like me allowed not to bow to the book

Here is the the deal with me. I love the Holy Bible. I read it daily and preach from it weekly. I have to many. And I really like http://www.biblegateway.com/ it is so easy to compare version and expand on either side of key verses. And it is fun to use. I can even directly compare languages.

For my it is truth if read in love. Some of that old testament stuff is very strange so you have to look hard for the message. But always worth it for me.

But I cannot call the Bible the Word - I just cannot turn it into an idle. I also cannot idolize churches. To me Jesus is the Living Word. And that word is not messing around with the greatest and last commandments that I believe he directed not by any particular verse but by the totality of what we know of his life here. I can only worship God and not the bible.

God is omnipresent and alpha and omega and the only thing that is in every living human is love. That is the omnipresence for all time.

I just really like this version of this great song

Do you have love in you?

Simple question do you have love?

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So let me conclude

Perhaps saying there is a war or a battle is harsh. But I truly believe that we are getting distracted by liturgies and rituals that we get from religion and not the Living Word. And I think it clear that some folks are taking the bible and using it like a rule book and holding it above the the sanctity of Love.

And there you have it. Me criticizing as though I know better than others. Well Sorry about that but it is just what I think and feel. Perhaps you feel differently perhaps you think my treatment of the bible is blasphemy. So I suppose you should kick me out of your religion. Ban be from churches and speak poorly of me and send an intervention team.

As is my tradition let me close with some thoughts:

We have choices please do not make yours in fear

Please do not believe in something because someone told you to

I have sure you are strong enough to do right, are you?

As soon as practical, hug someone

Think hard all day about smiling

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Hey, Cowboy. No one has all the answers, not one Christian individual or denomination. It's not about being religious, it's about faith and love.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      wow... love your preaching .. makes so much sense ..I thought I was a smart person ..but the easy way you explain it makes me feel stupid ..for it is so simple ! but it is so true.! thank you ..Sir

      Sharing for the rest of them..?

      michael

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, Jesus is the Living Word and the Bible is the Written Word. Written words (on any page) "speak" to our minds. Just had to "say" that. None of this changes the fact that God is Love. A big hug to you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will leave the Bible thumping to someone else. All I do is love....that should be enough. :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      After reading about your nuns this morning I can dig it! lol

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MsDora, You always add a great addition to my hubs - thanks much.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We got it good cleaner3, we got it good. Thank you for reading and encouraging.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shanmarie, you live it, you are always showing me the love baby - Mucho Gracias

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      Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I do like this hub. So much better then the cr-p on TV.

      Voted up!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I cut off my TV service two weeks ago. So far so good. Thanks for supporting my hubs

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      LindaQ79 3 years ago

      Very good hub! I love that rap. It was powerful!! I agree with all that you said!!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank very much Linda, This was a wonderful comment to wake to this wonderful Sunday morning. If one of my writings can touch one person in an uplifting way --- well I am just going to hop up and do a little jig around my room. For it means God is pleased with both of us.

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      Nice piece of work; you've gained a follower! I am a Texan by birth and nature, so I relate to the "Cowboy" aspect; love is truth and vice-versa. Succinct. I am the Devil's Advocate, my friend, so I anticipate some interesting tete a tete. No accents did I put on that phrase, sorry. Hear from u soon!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      "love is truth and vice-versa." I'll be stealing that one. Northern Arizonan by birth here. Bout those accent marks - I here tell they are going to do away with them. Thanks for the read and comment. I ain't never met a Devil's advocate I could not find something to like about.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Hey, when you email Epi, please tell him Loretta Lynnfinch says hello.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Gotcha

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Awesome hub love it and the message it shares ~ Faith is not religion!

      Our God is a God of Love and He loves us no matter what. Blessing always and Peace as your share.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Stages of Me. We have got to keep our eye on the ball or sky or .....

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