reply to post by frozenspark
Dont confuse church with the old way. As some posters mentioned, we as a wold have fallen away from our roots for so much time that its possible that
we really, honestly, dont even believe as we should anymore.
The old christianity before the catholic church existed for some 100 years before it was put in a catholic format of symbolism and ritual. Though,
remember, even the old Judean ways in Israel were ritualistic and symbolic, but for GOD, not false gods.
If we can claim that we follow our religion enough to be worthy, my question is... Why are we not doing as Jesus had his deciples do? Why are we
doing totaly contradictory? This is true in EVERY church I know. Every single one. Every denomiation. There are very few examples that I know that
compares to what Jesus and his deciples....
They traveled from city to city, without a staff to walk with. They traveled with NOTHING, no food, no money, nothing. They lived off of faith. GOD
provided where ever they went. They ate food with people who wanted to hear the truth and they were fed well. Any moneys were used to feed the
people and expand their teachings. They did not ride golden chariots. They did not wear new clothes, they wore rags. They did not own anything or
possess anything of worth EXCEPT for the word of GOD. they were all killed for their teachings. They had no possessions. They built no large
ornate churches to advertise their church. Everything they did, they did by their lips alone.
Why arnt preachers, priests, and such not following this example? How many limos, gold rings, white tuxes, do you see today on these people? Why do
they stand at the pulpit and tell me what is wrong with me, when they can go home every single night to a beautiful house and plenty of food to eat,
with not one worry about bills and how their family will live through the hard times? Their biggest downfall are taxes and not being able to keep it
in their pants, by human standards... But where is their soul? Why am I to suffer while those above me on the religious ranking system filled with
plenty? How many people in these churches suffer, while those at the top seem to always have the greatest blessings?
Jesus overthrew the money changers on his fathers temple, the ONE throne of GOD on earth, where he chose above all places on earth to sit durring
those times. Why do we alow such things to exist today in "faithful" communities, states, and religions.
I have one more point before closing...
If you sit in front of someone who preaches christianity, and you ask them various questions in a manner, because you simply dont understand
something. If you see it in a diffrent way, why do these people get upset, shut you down, and refuse to speak with you? I only want to know. I only
want to see some explination in my own beliefs. If mine are not correct, I want to know why. I dont want to get shut down and turned away, because I
still have a need in searching for GOD. Yet, these same people push those away that "do not fit", my opinion, to stop anyone from changing their
own laws... Not the laws of GOD. I never understood why people get frustrated when speaking about GOD in ANY way. The goal is to learn what you do
not know and contemplate what GOD stands for. We cant very well do this if we are always shutting down those around us if one thing does not fit. I
think the purpose is to show why it does or does not... Not "End of conversation".