People throughout history have also used religions to define their purpose. Trapped on this planet in the middle of space, early man developed religion as a panacea of sorts to explain why we are here. If God or Gods have contacted humanity it was still mankind who developed the system of worship around the Gods. Within Christianity, the Biblical text spells out how the religion was formed. Jesus did not form the church. Jesus did tell his followers to go about and spread the good news. However, this good news of love and peace has become a heavy burden to the majority of Christianity.
Religion is not Complex Enough for Humanity.
Is religion worth it? No, I would say it is not. It is within human nature to seek for the divine, but to formulate religions on dogmas and doctrines in which we think we know the will of God has caused nothing but harm. To have faith in God and a spiritual practice is not the same as an organized religion. Spirituality is following ones will. Ones will is their purpose and we are all spiritual. One’s path is not the same as another as each path is as unique as a fingerprint. To develop a system focusing on the human and his or her purpose in life is leaving humans wanting as no system is great enough to handle the unique nature of man.
Do Not Give Up on Your Faith.
If you agree but still love your faith good. I would never want someone to disown their faith, rather I would say let us build upon our spiritual nature within the framework of our faith, adding modifications when needed. Live by love, do no harm, seek peace and care for one another. Know that everyone is different and that is ok, that is how God made them. Understand that variety is the spice of life and you do not know the answers. Love, and be love, that is the only way.
Fears of God’s wrath and judgment have been the name of the church game gaining them billions of dollars over the centuries.
Strange times; Ignorance, politics and Evangelicals. Historians will look back on current state of affairs as one of the most divisive times in church history since reformation. Times not seen since the Civil War. At a time when church should be healing the nation the church is aggravating the problem. Evangelicals have taken sides with an unwavering support for Trump.
It may be wise to look at the foundations for this mess. Christian education or lack thereof within the Evangelical community is part of the problem. Pastors are given a congregation with little to no advanced theological training often attending institutes in which denominational doctrines and dogma are indoctrinated devoid of free thought. I am not saying that every pastor needs an M.Div. Some level of graduate education from a non-institute is necessary.
Evangelicals have this idea that Romans 13 applies to our presidents. The idea that the Bible is inerrant has created a disaster. Presidents are elected based on the sovereign vote of the people. Presidents are just the lingering effects monarchies.
Fear, The Name of the Church Game
Fears of God’s wrath and judgment have been the name of the church game gaining them billions of dollars over the centuries. This does not have to be this way. The Evangelical Deep State is usurping power taking back the good news of Christ to a nation in ignorance. Christianity Today is doing their part. We seek to bring the light of God to all people, no exceptions. Why? Everybody wants to be right.
What is right? What is good or bad theology? I do not know, I do not have a definite stance, nor will I ever because most questions are unknown. Pastors take positions and adhere to them, forcing them on their congregation. Could a pastor at the end of a sermon tell their people that they could be wrong? I would; however the pastorate has eluded me. If I do find myself leading a congregation, there will always be an asterisk stating I could be wrong.
Finally what can we do to come together? Well if I knew exactly how to do that this message would gain more traction. However I do believe that I am on to something. Our country needs to come together in love and harmony. I do not have a problem with differing beliefs in fact I welcome them. I do have a problem when these beliefs have divided a nation in such a way not seen since the mid 1850’s.