© by Joyce C. Lock
Mahatma Gandhi once said ...
"I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God-given and I believe that they were necessary for the people to whom these religions were revealed. And I believe that if only we could all of us read the scriptures of the different faiths from the standpoints of the followers of these faiths, we should find that they were at bottom all one and were all helpful to one another."
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Co. 1:16-18
There is at least some truth in every religion and things that are not true about all religions. Religion changes with every generation. And, with the huge multitude of religions, it seems absurd for anyone to think they have all the answers.
Many churches are any of the following: cold, dead, legal, stuffy, a social club ... often so very educated that they no longer get their instruction from God ... acting like they are God. And even some of the most spiritual churches appear as if they know everything God believes, everything He thinks; they don't have to ask Him, as they already know all the rules. They decide who is worthy to serve, who is the right gender, and who has all the right stuff. Some worship their leader or their religion instead of God. Others just find it easier to believe whatever they're told to believe.
Even scripture bears record that God doesn't always answer the same way. He decides matters based upon the heart, and those He chose were often misfits who didn't have all the skills but would depend upon Him. When people are spiritually held captive from serving God, it isn't God's doing. There are a lot of Pharaohs out there.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Ja. 1:27 So, unless our religion is pure and completely undefiled, maybe we need to be listening for God instead of telling Him what He believes.
Perhaps it would help us all to consider that anytime we are not listening for the Spirit, walking in the Spirit, following the Spirit, we are sitting on God's throne.
Jesus preached the Kingdom of God, not Christianity.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.