Originally posted by lr7gmx
With everything that is going on in the world I am becoming more and more frightened. New Agers or scientists are preaching the Marduk theory and that
messes with my mind. I am a conservative Protestant Christian and am struggling to maintain my faith. Is there anyone listening to my pleas?
You may have reached the point in your walk with Christ that you have to choose between his guidance and your "conservative" stance. Jesus Christ
was the ultimate liberal and as time progresses he will be calling those who belong to him to part from the political bents and what they think is
true due only to the people around them.
Christ was deeply philosophical. Remember the GREATEST commandment, love God with all your heart and all your soul and love others as you love
yourself. All of the actions that the "conservative" side denounces on a daily basis such as reaching out to the poor, helping those around you,
taking care of one another, all those "socialist" things.... those are the things Christ calls us to do.
Perhaps your struggle with your faith isn't what you think it is, perhaps it's a struggle to get away from those who have altered your faith and
your relationship with Christ.
Your answers aren't going to come from an internet message board, they aren't going to come from your local church and they're not going to come
from a conservative fundamentalist evangelican pastor or group, they can only come from Christ. Instead of asking other people, you need to ask
yourself, then you need to pray and read, read, read, read, read.
Sit down away from distractions and read the Bible. Due to your status and questions, start with the New Testament, all of it, not parts and pieces or
verses here and there, the whole thing, every word. After you do that, look at other interpretations than those you have been exposed to already. Keep
Biblegateway.com open as you do and compare and contrast as you go.
When someone says something comes from the bible, don't just accept it, find it, then look at the context around it, not just the individual verse.
Look at the history and culture behind it and think critically while doing so. Only then will you get the true message that's being given.
The Bible isn't meant to be taken a verse here and a verse there, it's meant to be taken as a whole. It's meant to be researched, to read, to be
connected to the culture and the time it was written, to be poured over to be internalized. It's not a "Do this not that" instruction book, it's
an epic novel that speaks to you as a whole, not in parts.
Set yourself apart from other people, read, pray, read, research, read, pray, read, read, read.... This isn't meant to tear your faith apart, it's
meant to rebuild your faith in the correct aspects that direct you to Christ instead of to a social group. A "church", as we know it today, isn't
the answer. The churches we have today are there for gathering to share worship of Christ, not build your faith or teach you about him, they do an
extremely poor job of that. He likes the joyful noise that comes from the church when it's directed in praise of him, but other than that, it's just
a gathering of people, the true church is the set of beliefs and the knowledge of his teachings, not a building.
The only needed participants in your journey are you and Christ, don't let someone else tell you which path to take, you have to find that for
yourself by following Christ's influence in your life. The first thing you'll need to do is drop the labels like "conservative", "protestant",
"evangelical". Those are descriptions of groups, not descriptions of faith. If you follow Christ, you are a Christian, not a grouping of those other
things. Follow him, not labels.