-Enlightened, on 12 September 2012 - 07:46 PM, said:
That's a very nice experience. thank you !
which religion are you from if you don't mind me asking ?
I think you were addressing me.
My story is long.
I believe in God. I do not believe in religion.
I was brought into life in a professing Roman Catholic family. I say professing because there wasn't alot of practicing... just the going through the motions. I didn't learn much about Christianity there, just the rituals of going to church and through the services... which I still love to this day, by the way. I know now that these traditions and rituals are very much based in the Jewish faith that preceded Christianity... i.e., since it was the Jews to whom Jesus taught. It was my religion class in the Roman Catholic church that took us to the Synagogue and the Greek Orthodox (Catholic) church. I did learn discipline in faith, and God did enter into my heart. I praise the Catholic church for the discipline one learns from the faith. I think Muslims learn this same sort of discipline from their faith.
Anyway through the years... mostly due to health issues and still wanting my children to learn faith... we branched out. I let my children attend church with their friends. So we became familiar with the Baptists and the Methodists. It turned out that I knew many people who attended the Methodist church and it was a very short drive for me, so that is where we began attending as a family. My son eventually was baptised in the Baptist church, by his own choosing. (All three of my children had already been baptised in the Catholic church as babies... What the Catholic church calls Christening) I have also attended services at the Jehovah's Witnesses and have read a lot of their material. I read all the time the material put out by the United Church of Christ. I have limited exposure to some Mormon people... and still do not know what I think there... they seem ok but I have tried twice now to read their scriptures and it gets very strange... they also I feel are very disciplined in their faith and devotion to God, at least.
So anyway to describe me I would say that I believe in God, and I love Him and am devoted to Him... all of which came out of my early Catholic upbringing. I obey God by following what is told to me in the scriptures of the Bible about what sort of behavior God expects. I have engaged in study of the scriptures through many different sources and mainly I learned that every thing, that I ever needed to know, about any thing, is in the Bible
. It is God's instruction book that sets out for us the things we need to know. It is His way of protecting us. If nothing else it is the wisdom of generations that have gone before, set down for us. I find some truth in all scriptures... Judeo-Christian, Mormon, Muslim.
I find that I disagree with all religions in some way or other. Religion is a thing of man. I believe Jesus tried to teach us about who God really is and that it is not the buildings or the rituals... as He so often criticized the Pharisees over... but it is in the hearts that we find the temple of God. In terms of religion, I think the people who come closest to being God's people are the Amish.
There is a quote that I love;
"I believe in Jesus as I believe in the sun... not because I see it, but because by it... I see everything else."
I have also studied Buddhism to a fairly good degree and I see the value and wisdom in it. Sometimes I think Buddhism comes closest to God. I can see where the wisdom of Jesus is very similar to the earlier wisdom of Buddha. I also believe the Native Americans were Godly people through their reverence of the nature which God provided.
So, that is probably no help at all, and now you probably feel for sure that I am lost.
but I know that I am not. I feel God with me every day and I seek His will in all things.
I experience God in a much greater way than the mere material things which the limited mind of man understands... i.e., religion.
No I'm not unbalanced. I live a very normal everyday life.
I believe God is Love.
They asked Jesus,
"Which is the greatest commandment?
and He replied,
Love God above all else, and the second is like it,
love others as self... as you would want others to love you. For it is through these that all the Law is fulfilled."
[this is my paraphrase]
I believe in all the teachings. I believe God has come to us in many ways across the generations to try to reach and guide our hearts to Him. It is up to us to "keep what is good and reject what is not good."
* To discern the Truth.
Jesus said the only way to the Father is through the Son. I believe it is Jesus that leads us to God... to Love.
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;. King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) ... word of God, and what they found to be true they were to embrace; what was false they were to reject
I recommend reading this link, there is too much there to share but I think so important. Read the commentaries particularly.
I hope you do not mind that very long reply. <3
Edited by CLynn, 13 September 2012 - 09:27 PM.