reply to post by MessOnTheFED!
I understand where you're coming from...
I grew up going to a church where everyone was 'nice' but no one was 'real.' It was all a show and I could feel it. No one was really happy. They
obviously weren't living the teachings the way the teachings were intended.
So I turned away from religion (and God in general) for a pretty long time.
A few years ago I realized....maybe the image of God that I was being taught...isn't the 'only' way (or even 'the' way) to understand God.
So I started searching again. Praying. Meditating. Reading scriptures and texts from all religions and beliefs. Reading philosophy. Talking to people.
Being open to all.
Nowadays, I don't conform to any 'religion' or any dogma. I love and appreciate all teachers, including Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu, and many many more.
This is (in simple terms) what I've come up with:
God is love. Compassion. Empathy. Truth. Knowledge. Faith.
No matter what you have done...God loves you. God is not some white bearded Guy up in the clouds smiting humans for 'sinning.' He isn't damning you to
hell for fornicating or swearing. He ('he' is anthropomorphic term) is there, cheering you on, offering guidance and comfort if you're willing to
listen and to ask. He gives freely. I mean look how much we have in this life! (If you don't know how much you have to be grateful for, I honestly
recommend making a list.)
Jesus came here to teach us to love one another. "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John
^ This, I believe, is the heart of Jesus' teachings. He said,
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
"For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I
needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’"
I'm sure if you went to church for many years, you probably are already familiar with this teaching. But please, give it a second thought.
You're 99% right: the majority of Christians do not act Christ-Like. Far from it, actually. But does that mean that we shouldn't? Does that mean that
we should respond with even more hatred and negativity? No!
We must 'fight' the hatred with love, compassion and understanding. Otherwise you are in danger of turning into that which you 'hate': Someone who
judges, condemns and scoffs at an entire classification of people for not being non-judgmental, open and compassionate....which is pretty ironic, if
you ask me.
Anyway, I'm done. I just wanted you to know that there is still Love in the world.
From the bottom of my heart, I hope you have a great day.
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