What a horrible thing that is!
I am certainly not religious
According to dictionary.com: a religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
The problem is that sets are defined and God is beyond definition—at least my God is. Sets of beliefs become merely points of argument: think waste of time. Yes, I can define many of my beliefs.
Many of them are Biblical. I do see the Bible as a book written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is an authoritative standard for me, though I do a lot of comparing of different versions and translations.
Many of them are experiential. I have learned things about God during the nearly forty years I have walked with Him.
Many are revelational. The Holy spirit has taught me many things directly.
They are all relational. My beliefs have developed as part of my relationship with the triune god I serve.
Denominations are a work of the flesh
These divisions are what is called party spirit in the list of works of the flesh in Galatians 5. Many assume that party spirit refers to drunken orgies and the like. It really refers to things like Democrats versus Republicans; Protestants versus Catholics; Missouri Synod Lutherans versus everyone else (I’m sorta joking about that one). They are a horrible thing—the worst part and inevitable result of religion.
I am a believer in and slave of Jesus, our Messiah
Everything comes out of that loving, supportive, instructive relationship. As I’ve often said, I feel like that dirty, grungy scout who comes into the King to share what he has seen in his journey. I feel like a knight sent out on a quest by my King. Often I do not even know what the quest is about, for the King has sent me on a journey of self-discovery and personal spiritual growth.
I really do not care what religion you are. I certainly do not care about your denomination, if you call yourself Christian. A religious spirit keeps many from true worship and real relationship. My concern is, “Do you know Jesus?” If you cannot answer that with certainty, you need to ask Him to introduce himself to you. Sooner or later, you’ll need to repent of your sin and give Him control of your life. But just ask Him to introduce himself to you to start. You’ll love him. Jesus is amazing.
If I can help, just ask.
- Psychology v. religion (evotionals.wordpress.com)
- Are you a HERETIC? Probably… (ptl2010.wordpress.com)
- Some Russians Worship Putin – Literally (newser.com)
- Christian Yoga: Spirit of the Serpent (lamblion.us)
- The mission of the church (bergsland.org)
- Are atheists zombies? (gentlewisdom.org)
- According to Oprah: Reality (lamblion.us)