Thursday, June 6, 2013

What kind of Christian Are You?

Finding God

The vast majority of religious people, rely on the bible to measure the world. We try to interpret the word of God in different ways. I have been studying the canonical books for over twenty years from different perspectives, including the secular study of those that approach it as a work of literature and it’s historical accuracy. One of the things that experience have taught me , is to never get into a philosophical discussion with a religious person . No matter what denomination. Big no no ! I respect everyone's beliefs. But unfortunately, this is something that I have not come across very often.

We try to find God in our own way, even when it’s through limited exposure to scripture. It’s my experience that those that claim to know God’s law and church, pick and choose the passages of Scripture that fit their thinking and lifestyle. I know this, because I see it everyday. In my quest to understand how we fit into God’s plan and how we as faith full ( or non believers) perceived these teachings.

I have interviewed dozens of church leaders, teachers, missionaries and countless individuals that are militant in the church. 80% of them have a very limited knowledge of the scriptures, and those verses that they know by heart are used out of content. Just repeating what other have said over the years, over and over. I have taught Sunday school for years, and have written many programs for the service. It’s amazing how limited is the spectrum of books that people are familiar with. Many of them can recite the 23 Psalm, but have no Idea that the word God is not mentioned in the Song of Songs book . This pains me to the point of great sadness. It is very frustrating to try to teach something that people really are not interested in, just because it casts a shadow on their own believes. You would be surprised how many people get offended when they find a reference in the Bible that refute their believes.

Super market of faith

How can we as human beings can pick and choose doctrine within doctrine? Like a buffet of rules and laws people hand pick what suites their view of the world. That’s why there are so many denominations. This country was founded as the result of pursuing religious freedom. They wanted to have a say in choosing how they worship.

Instead of finding God, we encountered a megastore of dogma. I really mean store, according to public records and Forbes Magazine, Super churches average of 8.5 BILLION a year in revenue. I had no idea how lucrative was to run a ministry! It boggles the mind to think that there are churches that have cafeterias, bookstores and ATM machines in the premises. But to each their own.

Humbling experience

Prov. 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. 12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment. 
It’s not my place to judge others believes. I have seen too much of that already. I could count with the fingers of one hand, the number of Christians that don't harbor judgement toward others. It baffles me how proud they feel of this fact. Sadly as I got to know them better, it only reflects their own sin and hate toward themselves. There are thousands of websites , forums and even videos on the web that criticize water down religion and the business of having a ministry in today’s America. Attacking each other and spending time and money to discredit everyone that's is not in alignment with their views.

12 Thus, sinning against your brother sand wounding their conscience when it is weak,you sin against Christ. - Corinthians 8:12

I am but only your daughter Lord

What are we fighting for? God? The church? You tell me because it does not make any sense. Seven out ten people have stated that they follow the true gospel of Jesus Christ. All from different denominations and different dogma. They all say that God favors them over others. Mercy is something that rarely is followed. It breaks my heart to hear a person humiliate and condemn others just because some pastor, or priest, or teacher told them that they're not worth of mercy.

Jesus walked among us and surrounded himself with thieves, prostitutes, tax collectors, “sinners and the forgotten” - They followed him until the day he died. The Church leaders and the “ Godly people” were the ones that conspired to kill him. They did not recognized the light of God in him. They thought of themselves infallible and above the common man. Politics and vanity blinded these men. But those who followed Christ knew that his sacrifice was needed, even more so for those that say they serve and love God , He has come to them many times, and was turned away by appearances. In one of Jesus most famous encounters with “ The Law of Church” he asked the question-“Who ever is without sin, cast the first stone” 

I threw away my stone a long time ago, along with my pride and judgement of others. It’s not my place to judge you or anyone. I want to learn how to love , respect and learn from others. I see myself as a student of compassion and a servant of mercy. Whoever you are, whatever you believe and what ever you have done, I can only hold your hand and weep with you. So then we both can ask for forgiveness and be truly free.
32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do,not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.- Corinthians 10:32-33

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. -Corinthians 11

Corinthians 13:1-13

The Way of Love13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 
2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith,so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 
3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 
7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 
10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.