Friday, 19 November 2010

30 Days of Truth...day nineteen

Day 19: What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?

I'm not going to touch politics, because really, politicians are all the same...they have wonderful ideas before they get elected, and then once they are in, it's all about votes, not what is right...so, not going to go there...ooops...I just did, didn't I?

Anyway, I will tell you what I think of religion. Grab a coffee...this may get long.

I believe in God. I believe that His Son, Jesus Christ, died for us. I believe in Heaven.

But...

I don't believe that one has to follow a specific religion to be Christian. I do not believe that if you don't follow the rules of your church, that you are a heathen. I believe that the way to Heaven is through Jesus, but I do not believe that if you've never been taught about Jesus that you will go to the fiery depths of hell. I believe in a merciful, loving God who judges people one by one and forgives sins that we genuinely ask forgiveness for.

I don't believe that people should shove their religion down other peoples' throats. I believe that we should be open to answering questions and accepting people into our churches, but without judgement or pressure. Many Christians are so caught up in what they believe is right that they end up pushing people away. Who wants to hear that they are a sinner and that their religion is not good enough? Who wants their every move to be judged, condemned and belittled? Who wants to have every move they make criticized? Not me thanks.

I have a relationship with God. You may or may not have a relationship with God. I do things that you think are sinful. You do things that I think are sinful. It is not up to you or me to judge. As I said in my post about gay marriage yesterday, LIVE AND LET LIVE. As long as how I am living MY life does not affect YOUR life, leave me alone. I don't need to confess to a Priest, I don't need to be at church every Sunday and I certainly don't need to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in order to be a good Christian. It is the relationship with God that makes a person whole...not the rules of a specific church.

Ahem...stepping down from my soapbox now. Pin It

1 comment:

mylifeis2serve said...

Dawn, you bring up some good points - there is only one judge for our lives and it isn't you or me - it's Jesus Christ. Let's leave the judging up to him.

We all sin - screw up, mess up - literally "miss the mark" - pretty much daily. If someone doesn't think they do and that they are perfect then let me first congratulate them, then ask them to look into the sin of pride and see if it lurks in their heart...

The central message of Jesus is forgiveness and grace - undeserved kindness. It's a gift, not something we can earn through what we do, or what we say - no actions will get this for us. It's just God's gift.

That being said, we do need a gauge or a guide - so that's where the Bible comes in - if you don't have one that you can understand, get one - or go online: www.biblegateway.com is a great resource.

But then you need community - you need a forum, you need people to work out this faith with. The Bible isn't always easy to understand so you need people to help with that too. Teachers, preachers, friends.

And lastly in faith you need to try to get a grip on worship - what does it mean to worship? Why worship? It's about recognizing God for all that he is - ask me sometime...

Enough burning up your web space for the moment....

Carl

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