“He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”
So many times along my Christian years and growth I thought and re-thinking and wonder about many things, two of them questioned today with this article. I know that many won’t like my wonders. I believe that we know partially. I believe that the Spirit is able to answer questions and quests. We agree that we disagree and it is OK.
It was during an interview of an artist when he said : “ I am not religious. I believe that there is one God and all religious books are about the same God”.
Or I have heard many saying that there is one God and He is just present Himself in various communities in various ways so there is relevancy.
And I wonder…
I agree that there is one God and only. I agree that this one God is available to all humans. I agree that He created all, earth and heavens. I agree that He is spirit. I agree that He is love. The reason that I agree is that I read it in the Bible that is God’s Word for us, Christians.
1 John 4v8
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Now, God – who is a spirit and He is love – wants us to worship Him in truth, to live life in truth. Love is truth, love cannot be based in lies!
Also we know that:
“For the word of the LORD is right,
And all His work is done in truth.”
So, God is a spirit. He is love and His word is right (meaning truthful, correct, honest, appropriate…) and His work is done in truth!
Conclusively, I understand that what He does, says and performs is the truth and truthful. Now, my question is: how comes that this God who does all in truth He goes to a part of this earth and gives to people the books of what is called Old Testament, to some others the Bible as we know it, to others the Koran, to other the teachings of Confucius and so forth. There are similarities among the teachings but there are also amazing differences. How comes to be all true, especially the ones coming in contradiction? Make any sense?
Another wonder of mine (and I stop here for today…) is about religious, being religious, it is a religion or it is not a religion.
We, Christians, use to say and announce that we are not religious and Christianity is not a religious institution but a personal relationship with our Lord.
What is the definition of religion? According to Oxford Dictionairy is:
the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods:
a particular system of faith and worship:
a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion:
My conclusion is that Christianity is a religion and we are religious! Nothing wrong with the definition or our practices. It is even Biblical:
“If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
The author of James letter, the God Holy Spirit does not reject the words religion and religious because that is the meaning of the words! I read also the original – the Greek text – and that’s exactly the words Θρήσκος (religious) and Θρησκεία (religion)!
I believe that our God is truth and we need to not only act and worship in truth but also speak in truth and not manipulate words or presentations in order to make a point or clarification.
I do understand that when they say that they are not religious, they try to say that it is the Bible followed than some human traditions which betray the Word of God. Speaking about personal relationship with God, they try to exclude themselves from the other Christian communities…you know what I mean!
We can give clarifications with so many other words and keep the original text and meaning untouchable, without bringing confusion to people who do not know. We are a religion, we worship and believe! We do have traditions, rules and regulations that our local churches run with. I travelled to many countries and continents and I had the principal to join a lot of churches – so called not traditional – and most of them start with praise, following by worship, following by prayer and announcements, preaching, greetings and so on…Yes, at times the whole process changes through the Holy Spirit for the specific service.
All had home groups, all had prayer groups, memberships, training programs, women groups, men groups, offerings each Sunday, communion once per month or every Sunday etc.
I think that’s fine! Some of the traditions, rules and regulations were already happening in the first Church in the Biblical era and some are new, no problem.
Simple things can become complicated and best to be avoided. We worship a God who is love and we love in truth and nothing that is a lie. Amen!
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