posted on Jan, 16 2007 @ 02:48 PM
Absolutely, Speaker! I know this is true from personal first-hand experience and also I have a couple of close friends who also told me their own
experiences of validation of this fact. I say 'fact' because even objectively it is true; and will be shown ever more clearly in the times ahead.
But religion precludes the chance for 'objectivity' by creating false divisions.
And that is how I know without a doubt that all man's religions will fail and the houses fall - not the people in them but the institutional bodies
and what they represent. Christ himself said that a house divided against itself cannot stand and there is no world religion nor could there ever be
- unless we call true personal religious freedom 'religion.' I think it would be best called 'spirituality.'
In Acts 25:19, in the KJV, there is a word, 'superstition' that is translated as 'religion' in the ISV. And the other times we find religion in
the KJV it is from a word that basically means 'demonstrative piety.' And Christ warned against that when he delivered the One Sermon (Matthew
5-7). I say One sermon because it is good for even those who don't believe in God - take the word God out and still the advice is wiser than
anything we hear from the pulpit these days and more practically applicable than any self-help book. It is about action, not creeds, dogma, and
words. Having delivered the one perfect sermon, all that is left for any of us is to hear the words as we do our best to follow them in deed.
I call religion 'superstitious politics' - to me that is a perfect description. And I say that as a person who fully and completely trusts only in
the ONE living God yet is under the pretense of no religious affiliation whatsoever. I have nothing to defend in order to maintain my inclusion in
this or that group and have no reason to judge or discourage anyone from approaching His throne. More time to follow the path that God lays out
ahead of me...one step at a time, line by line and brick by brick!
We all have our path - it is the GATE that is narrow and if we are unique and our cultures diverse then surely it is for His own good pleasure -
variety is the spice of life! But there is only ONE destination so where else can we go? We are either wandering in circles, making a bee-line, or
refusing to budge one inch. The wandering is what we do when we can't see clear - and if we don't progress then we are spiritually dead. God
doesn't come to us but draws us near to Him. If we stop in the road and hold our necks stiffly - and refuse to further our journey, then we've
detained ourselves in 'hell.' I think being happy with the road you see and knowing it leads to God (regardless of religious critics) is the same
as being in 'heaven.'
God bless you guys!