reply to post by autowrench
Yes, sadly, they do in fact live in very small boxes of "faith". I climbed out of that box a very long time ago. I could never take the blue pill, I
have to know. Things bother me, you know, and call to be researched out. As far as I am concerned, it is time, no, past time, for Christians to
question, and examine their "faith" for what it really is. They need to discover that that voice in their heads they think is "Jesus" is their
Higher Selves, their Holy Guardian Spirit. A Guide who will never lie to you. I met mine a few years ago, and since that time, I never become angry,
am a lot less depressed, happier, and nothing bothers me anymore.
We will always lie to ourselves. We are naturally biased towards ourselves. That is our default mode.
If the guy next door seems to be drinking too much, well, he must be an alcoholic. If I'm drinking too much...well, I've had a hard day, things are
difficult at the moment, etc.
If I see the guy next door shouting at his kid, wow man he must be a horrible angry man. If I shout at my kids...well, I had a hard day, I had alot of
other things on my plate to think about, I was under stress, etc....
It's SOOOOOOO easy for us to cut slack for ourselves with the measure we use.
By nature we are easy on ourselves and apologise for or justify in ourselves the things we see and condemn in others. That's the human nature.
Everyone needs to question and examine their faith. Even those that think their higher selves is their god.
You questioned my response earlier about a personal encounter and personal relationship with Jesus.
You assumed I must be in a cult. Then, you sought to deride it by providing a link to a docummentary of spurrious fact and specious reasoning to
further give credence to your conclusions.
I don't know any way in which I can or could convince you of my personal encounter with the risen Lord Jesus Christ. It was not born of a cult
experience or affiliation. It was not born of a religious experience or institution. It was not born of a chemical reaction or consumption. It was not
born of peer preassure or indoctrination. It was not born of this world and all its systems and programmes.
That's as straight as I can put it.
I can still state now that I am not a religious person.
I'm aware that we have in this world a polluted, perverted ball and chain of fear and restraint, control and manipulation that hides behind the name
of Jesus and presents itself as god. This is what comes to your mind every time you hear or see someone call themselves a 'christian'?
I make no apology for that. It's not my fault. Jesus spoke parables for a particular reason.
Jesus said 'I am TRUTH'. He has proved that to me, and convinced me in a way that doesn't require 'sacraments', money, ego, other people's
assent or understanding, fear, status or religion.
He does call me to be a disciple. And He calls me to trust Him. Nothing of value is free. I have chosen to be His disciple. I have chosen to walk
through eternity (ie 'here and now') trusting Him as my shepherd.
I have chosen to think upon the things that He has said.
It's very easy for us in the West to read the words of Jesus and put our own cultural perceptions and understandings into interpreting His words.
That's why so many people go wrong, and don't get it.
Not many people look at Jesus. Too many people look at Christianity. And from where I'm standing, it aint the same thing.
Jesus is my Shepherd, my Lord and Saviour. He has more than proved Himself in my life over the last 20 years, (certainly the last 7 or 8 years of
personally decisive discipleship).
You see, I'm free to do as I choose. And that's the truth. I am learning how to exercise it.
Not all freedom is necessarily beneficial.
But you are free to decide that for yourself.