Registered: Apr 2001
Location: Atlanta, GA
Originally posted by dick-richardson
It's hard to express my views on Religion. I believe in God (which I can argue) and I believe He is interested in my well-being (which is much harder). Religion is much different. On the one hand, I see the Church (Christian) as being as hypocritical and bureacratic as the Jewish religion is portrayed during Jesus' time; I see the damage done in the name of Religion throughout history, etc. On the other, I see some good done by religions as well. I always used to advocate that people follow their morals and intelligence, but I forgot to factor in how amoral and stupid people could be. So Religion is good for idiots - much the same way padded rooms are good for schizophrenics (ok, padded rooms aren't good for schizophrenics, but the expression works). But there are plenty of times where a given religion matches a person's moral code and intelligence. The closest to mine would be Catholicism (part of which springs from upbringing, I'm sure), but it could hardly be considered a spot-on match. C'est la vie.
Wow, I wish I had been more involved in this thread. I feel like I am late to the party and it might be close to going home time.
Anyway, the most important thing to me is not religion. Society gets so caught up in Religion. I am a Christian, pure and simple. Being a Christian has nothing to do with organized religion, it has nothing to do with sitting in a church or joining a church. It has to do with a one on one relationship with God. And yes, I believe there is a God.
True Christians do not belong to a Church, they belong to THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH is the Bride of Christ.
The problem is people get a hold of the wrong thing. They use man made Doctrine in place of communicating with God. Then they see these people doing horrible things all in Christ's name. I tell you now, that is not Jesus.
God never changes, ever. Too many people want to adjust the Word to fit their lives and that is not how it works. We have to have Christ living within us, and that will make our lives adjust to suit Him. Without this revelation, that Christ is the Saviour, you may never believe in God.
However, whether you do or do not, that makes you no less a person to me. I would love to offer each and every person what I have in the hopes that you would receive it, but it takes each and every person to fulfill the Word of God. Each of us serves a purpose for the Lord, both the Christian and the NonBeliever.
Take the Bible and study it. Read it. And then ask God to explain it. Do not look for a Denomination that suits your needs. Get a hold of Jesus, and He will make sure you suit His needs. Then, stand for God's Word and only God's Word. Always stand with the Word, always.
On a side note. The Jews during Christ's time were fulfilling God's word. They had no choice. It was not so much they were hypocrites, at least by choice. If the Jews had not killed Christ, then the Gentiles could never be saved. We would have had to lived under the Law, essentially, become Jewish. Once Christ came, He completed the Law, thus making it Null and Void, to those who except Him as their Lord and Saviour. At that point, you have the completed Law living within you. This was God's plan from the beginning. All this was done in order to get a Bride.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. JOHN 14:2
Last edited by GSR13 on 07-13-2001 at 05:29 AM