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...what I call the Christian bubble filter is so common across congregations and communities, raising children under a more separate Benedict Option could potentially mean that all of the [children's] information about the world outside the bubble would be filtered and thus distorted.
This is a problem because when they eventually hear something from someone outside of the bubble...won’t line up with what they’d been told inside the bubble. And frankly, postponing this moment until adulthood spells trouble.
The biggest religious choice I’ve made is to follow God above all things.
I was born in a Christian, Evangelical home. Before I even knew how to speak my heart believed in God. But it’s not my upbringing that allowed me to maintain in faith, but rather an ongoing set of events that kept proving me again and again that God exits, listens, and acts upon us.
God meets us where logic ends.
I understood, at 25 years old, why I believe: not because I was taught to, but because life pushed me to a place where the only answer was God.
He pushed me to a feeling beyond this physical world.
He pushed me to a hope beyond rational understanding.
He pushed me to a state of indescribable peace.
He pushed me to a faith that makes a fool of what makes sense.
He met me where logic ends.
People keep looking for facts that God exists, and these facts are everywhere; most importantly within you. People just don’t know how to look, and sadly, don’t want to learn either.
It's quite brief. I did post most of it...but to get the full effect of her mindset, one needs to read her entire essay.
This church was, to borrow a tired metaphor, nothing more than a social club.
I came to acknowledge was that religion is not innocuous—indeed it’s often, if not always, the exact opposite.
But her statement absolutely ignores all of the people that do have a strong sense of faith and come to give thanks, pray for guidance and ask for forgiveness (amongst other things) in a very sincere manner.
Unless she was raised in that (alleged) Church that shows up to protest the funerals of soldiers killed in battle
most (if not almost all) Churches do a wide range of things to help the local and global community.
She didn't like the budget for "benevolence," but ignores that it was there at all.
I'm also not sure if the 17 year old version of the author actually knew the full list of services (monetarily and otherwise) that the Church provided to the community.
Listen, it's possible she belonged to one of the worst Churches ever...
but I'm not convinced of that.
You think so?
I was most able to relate to her reflection that she felt like a worm......
and that when she realized what the budget provided for actually helping other people, it was nothing compared to salaries and upkeep of the lawn.
That's the Blank___blank Church, based out of blank, blank.
But compared to how much they spend on salaries and fancy landscaping...how much is it?
I don't buy that. The first priority of the church - of any "Christian" church --- is supposed to be about taking care of others. About not judging, and sharing whatever resources one has available to see to the well-being of their fellow citizens.
thanks for coming back and reading it!!
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
a reply to: Raggedyman
I agree but understand the real meaning of Charity and why love is not used int he preserved word of God in the verses you quoted.
Yes human condition is the problem. It has stained the true church and organized religion has taken hold of men as a means of financial gain.
As a "live by faith" missionary I wrote to a 3 billion dollar a year ministry in Texas, the Pastor is on TV all the time. I explained that I did not have any money to buy a DVD (that cost them a $1 to produce) and asked if they would give it to me so I could use it at one of our film showings. I got a reply from someone telling me that a Christian shouldn't be poor (apparently hadn't read about Paul being naked, imperil of the deep, hungry, and in danger of his own kin). He further stated that they would not give me the DVD and that they would pray for me to be wealthier.
It is a sad commentary of so called ministry that is supposed to be of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Flesh is the motive in organized Christianity.
This is why I have a Home Assembly. And soon it may be an underground assembly like places in the ME and China.
I wrote to a 3 billion dollar a year ministry in Texas, the Pastor is on TV all the time. I explained that I did not have any money to buy a DVD (that cost them a $1 to produce) and asked if they would give it to me so I could use it at one of our film showings. I got a reply from someone telling me that a Christian shouldn't be poor (apparently hadn't read about Paul being naked, imperil of the deep, hungry, and in danger of his own kin). He further stated that they would not give me the DVD and that they would pray for me to be wealthier.
They said, "no"? Pathetic.
you just want to cause division and fire blame at people.