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What Has Become of Religion?

Ok, so I know this whole Chick-Fil-A thing is getting on everyone’s nerves. I know it’s getting on mine! I have yet to voice my full opinion about it, though. I don’t want to because I feel as though people are beating a dead horse. But, with that being said, you know I’m going to voice my opinion! I have two opinions that I have merged together to form one big opinion. First of all, I AM A CHRISTIAN. Second of all, I BELIEVE THE WHOLE BIBLE NOT BITS AND PIECES WHICH I FEEL ARE IMPORTANT

1. The guy who was interviewed was just asked a question on which he gave his opinion! He believes what the Bible says about homosexuality. There is nothing wrong with that. We live in a world today where it’s okay to voice your opinion as long as it’s not about God. People haven’t forgotten this country was founded on freedom of religion, but they have forgotten that the freedom we searched for was from Catholicism. We didn’t like how the European countries were being ran at the time so we hopped on a ship in search of a new land so we could have freedom of religion. That religion was Christianity. Everyone nowadays has forgotten about that. They think that freedom of religion means, “Oh, we can come to America and serve anyone we want because it’s founded on freedom of religion so that’s my right!” Um . . . no, freedom of religion means Christianity. Not Islam, not Wicca, not Scientology. And Catholicism is not a Christian denomination either. It’s something on it’s own. We have forgotten that this nation was founded on “IN GOD WE TRUST” but heaven forbid we say God! It causes an uproar. I’ll be surprised if that’s still on our money in the next year or so. The Bible does say homosexuality is a sin. Like I said above, we have the freedom of speech as long as it doesn’t include God, or Jesus and it goes along with what is politically correct.

2. I’m tired of the Christian religion. Yes, I just said that. Yes, I am a Christian. Let’s get some things straight: I love God, I love Jesus, and I love the Holy Ghost, but I DON’T like how man has turned God’s Holy Word into what they want it to be. I also, have a problem with what the guy from Chick-Fil-A said, “We’re married to our first wives.” Ok, first of all congratulations your marriages have worked out! I’m glad God has blessed ya’ll with that. Second of all, the Bible gives two instances in which someone can remarry. They are: 1. The spouse has passed away. 2. If the spouse cheated. Those are the only two causes that someone can remarry. People read the bible and take it for face value. They don’t bother digging a little deeper and finding out what God really has to say. They skim over it, think they understand it, slap a title on it, and name it a religion or message! It really ticks me off. Reading the Bible is like reading Edgar Allen Poe, William Blake, or one of the many other great writers out there. You can’t read one of their pieces of work one time and say, “Oh, I understand it!” That’s bull malarkey! That’s why the first read is titled the lost read. You have to read their work about 10 times over to get a good, firm handle on what it means. And even then, you may not understand it fully! This is the same way with the Bible! You can’t read one verse of scripture and understand it fully the first time! It’s not possible! You could be Einstein and you still wouldn’t understand it the first time. It’s just not possible. God, is a deeper being than man has given Him credit for! But yet, man had to come along and screw that up too! I’m not saying I do understand the fullness of the Bible, but at the same time I know enough about it to know that God is my judge. I worry about what He has to say about my relationship with Him, not what everyone else has to say! We all too often worry about what man says the Bible says, instead of taking it upon ourselves to read what God has to say. That’s why so many people today don’t know which way is up or down. They’ve listened to man and have gotten everything twisted. God says in His word, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” That means, what’s right for Billy Bob isn’t right for you, and what’s wrong for you may not be wrong for Billy Bob (all to a certain degree of course.) I’m not saying that it’s alright for marko polo over here to go out and kill someone and you can’t. That’s wrong for everyone. I’m talking about the little stuff. Like how you dress, how you present yourself, etc. Everyone wants to point out that homosexuality is a sin, but they all too often forget that so is: lying, stealing, cheating (in every sense of the term), jealousy, envy, putting things before God like work, money, happiness, anger, hate, etc. But those are all “little” things so they don’t really matter. WRONG!! God said no one sin is greater than the other. There is only one sin that you CAN’T get forgiveness for and that’s blaspheming the Holy Ghost. Now, that doesn’t mean you can just go out here and sin because you know God is going to forgive you (Romans 6:1).

In short, read the Bible for yourself. Trust no man with the word of God! Man, will fail you, maybe not even meaning to. But, God never will! It says in Romans 6:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God!” Line up your relationship with Him and His word and forget what other people have to say! Read the whole word not just what you want to. Read the word so you can line yourself up with it. NOT to line others up! God loves everyone and He wants His people to do the same. God is our judge not anyone else! I think I will step down off my soapbox now! God bless! 😀

 

A little food for thought

Today, I was thinking about how I fail. I fail at everything I set out to do. Now, before you stop reading, thinking this is a pity party, well it’s not. So, let me finish. 😀 Anyway, I was thinking about all the stuff God expects from us. Not requires, but expects. He expects us to set out on a different adventure than the one we went on the day before. He wants us to do better, think better, ask better, love better, everything we’ve done He wants better. Now, you may be thinking well, I can’t do that. I don’t know how to do and be better, I’m just me. I’m lucky if I can survive that for a day. Some of you reading this may have hectic lives. Trust me I know hectic. I work two jobs and go to college. But, God and I were talking the other day and I was venting to Him. I said God, I know you want me to be better than before but I don’t know how to do that. Everything I do I feel like I fail. I don’t know who I am, I don’t know where I’m going and I surely do not know what you have in store for me. He spoke to me and said all I expect of you is that you try. As soon as He spoke those words to me it hit me. I’m going to school to become a teacher. When Jesus was walking on the Earth in human form, He was a teacher. He taught about faith and sewing seeds and many other parables. As a future teacher and having two years of college under my belt, I’ve learned that just because you grow up and become an adult, it doesn’t mean you stop learning. Think back to when you were in grade school. What was one of the things your teachers said to you? Probably something along the lines of, as long as you try your best, that’s all that matters and you’ll be fine. Now, lets jump back to God. Like I said a bit ago, He was a teacher. Therefore, all he expects of us is that we try our best. In the Bible, in Isaiah 64:6 it says ” But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our inequities, like the wind, have taken us away.”  I, being the perfectionist I am, want to be perfect for God. I’m not the type of person that’s self-centered and conceited and think oh I’m holier than thou. No, it’s just in my nature to give everything my all and when that’s not good enough is when I get beat down and worried and stressed. Not to fear, God said no matter what we do or how hard we try, even our best will be as filthy rags. I mean c’mon He’s God, He created the whole free world. He created Heaven and hell. And He even took the time out to mold you and sculpt you into the person you are now. Just think, the God who created Hawaii, and Fiji, and Mt. Everest, created you. He knows that we will fall and get down and get off the path of the straight and narrow. But, that’s what He wants. He wants us to fall that way we can learn to trust Him that He will pick us back up. A major thing we humans struggle with is trust. So many of us have had our trust betrayed only to be left picking up the pieces by ourselves. We’re not alone. God is with us. He doesn’t want you to be perfect, for no one is except Him! He knows we’re human and we fail and falter but He is there to pick us up, dust us off, and give us a pat on the back and says awesome try… Now try it again! That’s what’s so amazing about Him. He will never leave you or forsake you, nor will He put more on your plate than you can handle. Some of you reading this may be going through a really really tough time and see no way out. You feel as though you’re in a desert and you’re searching for God, but you can’t find Him. Well my friend, I’m here to bring you good news! God hasn’t forgotten you! He knows how strong you are and He knows what you can an cannot take. He is right there beside you. And just because you don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t meant there’s not one it just means that you’re not right where you need to be. Just hold on to God and He’ll make a way. He always does. And remember, just because you’re broken doesn’t mean you can’t be used, it just means God broke you, for it’s only when you’re truly broken God can take those PIECES and place them perfectly together to make a beautiful MASTERPIECE. Keep your head held high and your feet firmly planted in God because you’re about to see a breakthrough. And it’s like my dad used to always tell me when the devil’s messin’ the Lord’s blessin’. In other words. . . When everything is going all wrong and you see nothing but chaos. That’s when God is working behind the scenes making everything go right and you’re about to see a breakthrough! 😀 Here is a song that helps me get through many of my tough times! I hope you enjoy it and it truly blesses you. It’s called He’ll Make A Way by The Crabb Family. Enjoy! 😀