Originally posted by ddaniel
I simply could no longer accept the 'blind faith' that is so strongly admired by mainstream Christianity. The more I thought about it, the more
Christian 'faith' seemed to be nothing but blind ignorance surrounded by attractive words and emotional music. Faith is inherently a personal thing,
so how can adopting the views of others (the Church) equate to being a 'faithful servant of God'? After all, if we all possess the Holy Spirit, isn't
the best way to discover God's heart to look within?
Faith doesn't have to be blind. I see miracles happen routinely, prayers answered.
I see the truth of what is written manifest in reality.
Before I saw it for myself, and felt it for myself, my faith had evidence based on hearing the testimonies of others.
How is belief that the Bible (or any other Holy book) is the 'perfect Word of God' anything other than idolatry?
Idolatry is defined as putting your ultimate trust in anything other than God.
God is truth, and every word God speaks to someone is truth. God's word given to someone, then written down, is still truth.
Trusting in God's word would be the very opposite of idolatry. It's the only thing that is true.
God's word spoken to us is always perfect. He will never tell a lie. He will never speak wrongly. He will never be in error.
Despite my division with organized religion, I still admire Jesus in a way I cannot express. What's funny is, I never really felt I 'knew'
Jesus until I stepped away from the Christian indoctrination I was raised to adhere to. To me, the beautiful thing about Jesus was his message of
love. When asked what the greatest commandments were, Jesus replied: love The Lord your God, and love your neighbor as yourself.
He told you to be the embodiment of perfect love, just like the Father is.
It's not something you can do on your own, you need to surrender your will to His will, and be led by the Holy Spirit in your life.
But this is all fine. After all, we are helpless until Jesus comes back.
We aren't helpless. And many churches rightly don't teach that.
A particular church or denomination is not your teacher - Christ is your teacher.
I think part of your hearts cry against this teaching is a legitimate recognization that God doesn't want us living like defeated sinners, but wants
us to start retaking territory as conquering saints.
Look into Bill Johnson's church in redding for an expansion of a church that is on the spiritual forefront of revival in the US. This is how God's
Kingdom gets expanded, by raising up people who are led by the Holy Spirit to operate in truth, love, and power.
Todd White is another source you may like because he is not only someone who operates in Kingdom power as part of a Kingdom lifestyle, but he has
specifically spoken against the trend of many churches to bunker down with a defeatest mindset and just wait for the return of Christ, when Christ
called us to be out there expanding the Kingdom in His name.
You need to be aware though, that doing what Jesus called us to do is only possible through the power of His Spirit working in and through us,
A lot of churches or non-christian groups get into error when they think they will just take Jesus's message and then go out and try to accomplish it
in their own strength, with their own ideas. Not going to get you very far, and might even do a lot of damage. We are called to do it God's way,
through His Spirit.
I used to think it was enough for me to follow my own heart and discover my own truth, but I now see this was just me being a coward.
There's only one truth, God's truth.
There's only one truth. The narrow way.
If you search for your own truth (compiling your own invention of what you claim is truth), and put that on a pedestal, and depend on that truth to be
your answer and guide, then you are in idolatry.
That path leads to destruction. Everyone doing what is right in their own sight is what leads to all the ills of the world in the first place.
The only way to have a righteous civilization is to have a society of people who are submitted to the will of God, through His Spirit leading them, so
that they can be guided to do what is right and avoid what is wrong.
That is what the bible calls for us to do, being reborn as people led by the Spirit and not our own impulses and thoughts.
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