Islams, Jews, Christians. Do they all worship the same God? That’s what President Bush was saying. Of course you know this is America and we do have “freedom of religion”. Thank God for that!
I used to be rather dogmatic in my beliefs. Often trying to convert to my way of faith. Sometime I still do this. But is that necessarily a good thing to do?
Here are some reason’s why I have reconsidered my religious thinking
Jesus never twisted arms
In fact he made it easy for people to walk away. He seemed to know who would accept him and who wouldn’t
Faith should not promote “fear”
A lot of religious leaders and evangelists tend to teach that if you don’t believe like we said…Then it means, well, eternal damnation. Uh… are you sure?
Words without Action
Many people are looking for something bigger. A certain faith can talk a good talk, but not walk the walk. The best evidence for a religious faith is change in the believers actions and behaviors.
Faith is Personal
Many aspects of life can sway the way a person may or may not believe. If a person is relatively happy in what they find “out there” who am I to say they are wrong… Eternally wrong? I do not know that persons entire story.
Religion Leads to sharp disagreement
Many people will not talk about politics or religion – period. Why? because the don’t want to go through the hassle of offending somebody or getting resentful themselves. Peace brother. God is love.
Do all Religions pray to the same God?
One of the fun things about believing is the “search” itself. Asking hard questions and “working out my own salvation”. I have found diversity in the faiths can be a strong motivator to learn more. And grow in my own faith.
Open mindedness does not have to be a bad thing. I believe God is infinite. He has a plan for ALL of it. Agape love is what the God of my understanding is all about.
I hear it all the time; “ I don’t like organized religion”
They say “why is something that is supposed to be organized so un- organized”.
Tis true, I’m afraid. There seems to be a lot of confusion as to how organized the major religions are. And, because the tend to bicker with each other (and themselves) then many people are obviously turned off by this sort of thing.
With good reason…Who wants all that drama anyways?
Well, millions of people it seems. So given that kinda record there must be something to it right? To be completely against organized religeion is a bit silly. Millions of people look to it for hope an direction for life.
So are all these people weak? Or maybe in need of a “crutch” They can’t seem to find their own direction so they need something else to lean on? Or a book of rules to tell them how to live?
I don’t think so. Believing in something in my experience points to strength, not weakness. It is far easier for me to “let myself go” and do what I want rather than try to be obedient to some moral laws. It’s easy to simply do what feels good. – And trust me, I know how to do that 🙂
So, recently… I joined up. It’s all good, except I don’t get to sleep in till noon on Sundays anymore.
Well we all got problems don’t we? A quick surf of the net or a newscast on TV will abundantly confirm this.
I like to ponder stuff you know? I like to try and “figure it all out”. And wonder what a “Higher Power” should be doing about all this. He is supposed to be all powerful right? Can’t He fix this world that we humans have totally screwed up?
Or is it up to us? Religious people tend to be just trying to hold on until they get to the great by and by. Right? I mean, I have heard it said. “This is not our home, our home is in heaven”
Jesus is coming, right? Could be today! But, what if it’s not for another 50 millennia? Hey, that’s a long time. There’s gonna be a lot of generations of people that have to try and make due until they get to heaven. Meanwhile the world get’s worse.
Big Global Problems
Hunger and malnutrition
Water and Sanitation
Subsidies and Trade Barriers
Governance and corruption
What a list. those are real problems. Who is gonna fix this mess?
I have heard Bible teachers say that this “fallen world is too far gone to be fixed. It will take a complete regeneration from God to fix this. ”
Maybe. But, perhaps talking about it would help to get ideas to give the Big Guy a hand in it. Most of us have children and grandchildren right? Each of us do our part?
I’m just a middle aged hipster. I probably got a few years before I go to the pearly gates. Perhaps, there is SOMETHING I could do to make a difference here and now. You dig?