Saturday, December 28, 2013

What is Religion...what's the point?

re·li·gion noun \ri-ˈli-jən\ 1) the belief in a god or in a group of gods 2) an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods 3) an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group 4) the service and worship of God or the supernatural 5) commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance 6) a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices. A young lady once told me that the reason she doesn't practice any religion is because she believes that "religion" is a deceitfulness of Man using God as a way to control the actions & lives of the believers. She believes that the God we're supposed to serve is inside of all of us. This is her statement:
I don't think that I can only find balance in Christ. I don't believe that Christ is the Savior or the only Savior. I believe that all human beings can be saviors Jesus is just an example. I believe that Malcolm X is a Savior Martin Luther King a Savior Queen Tiye Queen Cleopatra I believe Gods and Goddesses walk the earth often not just once 1000s of years ago. In my studies there is no evidence that Jesus exists but if he did he isn't the only manifestation of God on earth. The watermelon that I've eaten last nite was God manifested on earth. And yes I will look into myself for balance because that is exactly where God/Goddess lives.
In my thoughts, she is partly right...we are supposed to seek God in everything, because He has made everything. But, in her statement, she fails to recognize that there is only One True God that rules over all. Just for the sake of pondering, what if she is right..? What if the God that we've been singing to, praying to, crying to, seeking Him for help & healing, is non-existent? What if it was all some big manipulation from a secret society that knows the truth and took the manipulative & political ideas from the Bible to "teach & control" a person or group that believes to be saved from their sins. Especially when all they have to do is say God or Jesus & they have claimed their next believer. What if the writings & the wisdom & the explanation of life that is written in all of the Books and the predicted future written in Revelation, is all nothing more than a series of poetry, writings, and letters that has no significance to the present nor the future of what we know of now. That these things are very far from the truth. Everything that we are & everything that we know, comes from God. Jesus is the Utmost Manifestation & Living Word of God. God has sent His only Son into this world not to shut it down but to reconnect Man to the Master. The Truth is that Jesus allowed Himself to be sacrificed to bring Man back to God. And then Jesus defeated death by rising up again from the dead & claim the power of heaven & earth to Himself for all to live in Eternal Life. ~Galatians 6:7 (KJV)
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...
~2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness..
~2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV)
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost...
~Acts 1:16 (KJV)
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus...
~Acts 1:20 (KJV)
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take...
~John 14:25-26 (KJV)
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you...
But I beg you differ, the truth is that God really does exist. His manifestation of His existence is all around us. Not in the way that this young lady has described but in such a way the there's no other specific description of God other than what he told Moses..I AM! So, religion is the very entity that God allows us to practice to remind ourselves of who God is & what God did. When we practice these routines & rituals, it allows us to #1) have hope that Jesus is coming back for His church and also reminds us #2) of the promises & commands of God so that we can look forward to Eternal Life with God. May God shed light on those who reads this...even me. Terrance