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Discussion in 'Faith & Religion' started by Lon Tanner, Jun 10, 2021.
How does it affect your life on a day to day basis?
It brings great sorrow and grief every day to me.
Did you ever go on a safari through thick deep jungle with wild beasts present ?
Even without a guide, that is safer than living in a city in the United States today , I think.
I believe God Loves People, and He Hates Religion.
Without a doubt, we know that Jesus watches over both of us, keeps us safe and keeps us as healthy as possible. We pray everyday for these things and we know he is right there for us.
That is all we have to know.
How do you know this?
It has always been clear that there is a God. (whether some don't believe this or not)
Even the bible testifies that this is so: (Romans 1: 18-21)
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
I know, we can't prove that God exists. But I know God is there, just as I know the sun will come up in the morning.
Not only that, but I know from my experiences that He is there for me. That's enough knowledge for me.
Know it by two words, that are called Faith and Belief.
Faith & Belief
The bible speaks to what faith is. I won’t quote the verse, but it is the confidence, trust and belief that God will fulfill His promises, just as He has always done.
It is the substance or assurance of things we hope for, and is also the deep-rooted trust that what is not seen—the invisible spiritual things, do exist. Jesus said to many who sought Him that it would be done to them according to their faith.
He said this, for example, when He entered the house of a blind man and asked: “Do you believe that I can do this?” The blind man said: “Yes, Lord”. And Jesus said: ”According to your faith will it be done to you.”
If by "religion" you mean some organized, proscribed, reward and punishment system based in a multi-authored collection of mythical stories with a cultural bias and intolerant deity / deities, causing adherents to behave in hypocritical, cruel, and socially obnoxious ways, then religion is of no importance to me whatsoever.
If by "religion" you mean an internal spiritual yearning for a felt sense of alignment with the Great Mystery -- an undefined dynamic energy of something larger than oneself -- that brings out and encourages individual unrequested acts of kindness and selflessness, that prompts seeing the good in all people and their differences, that helps achieve a state of equanimity and inner peace by which interactional and international tensions can be resolved, that needs no authority or deity to accomplish these ways of being, then that kind of spiritual living is indeed important to me.
I do not have a relationship with religion...I have a relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Man made religion and doctrines mean nothing to me.
My relationship with my Creator, my Lord and Savior, and my Counselor, teacher, etc. mean everything to me.
Many people relate religion with Christians, Catholics, Mormons and on and on. As for us, SIL, niece-her husband-their daughter...........we all consider ourselves Christians. What everybody else thinks, or is, is entirely up to them.
I was taking a seminar and the speaker was saying that those from the Middle East view the label "Christian" as having political attachments, whereas being "a follower of Jesus Christ" was better received.