Friday, May 1, 2015

Religion


I have been taking a college class 
on world religions from a secular university.
There are a lot of religions.

I can totally see how a high school graduate
in their first years of college could get easily
confused and swayed by it all.
Before college, a young person's life is relatively small
and contained to what they have been taught 
at home, school and possibly church.

For those that grew up going to church,
I wonder if some might feel duped,
even deceived.
In their young life,
they have been told there is one God
and in child like faith,
they just believed.

Something happens as we "grow up".
We can so easily lose the "child like" faith.
For we begin to see this fallen world as it really is.
We are exposed to things that we never knew existed.
The protective lens that we gazed through
is suddenly removed and the reality of
how big and how messed up this world is
comes into focus.

Questions
so many questions
Doubts
so much doubt

I must confess that even at my age
when I am studying various religions
it does bring questions to mind...
How could so many people see the world so differently?
Why does man take something and twist it 
into something less than holy?
Even Christianity has violence, manipulation 
and power seeking in its history.

Observing this grown up world
causes me to see it all
and I have a choice to make...
what do I believe
what do I really believe

How can I be sure that what I thought was truth, is really true?

Is what the Bible says, real?
or is the Bible just like any other religious text?

Who can I trust to give me the correct answers, 
since everyone is bias?

When the instructor of my world religions class asked the question 
as to what I am learning through this class, 
what he was alluding to was having tolerance 
towards others that do not believe as I may believe. 
But that is not the answer I gave him.

What I am learning is that humans were created to worship. 
We can not help ourselves.
Even people who say they have no religion, worship something.



The dictionary states that the act of worship is 
feeling an adoring reverence for anything.
...interesting.

So, back to my religion class...
All over the world people are seeking, 
trying to find answers to life's questions,
looking for peace,
searching for significance.
This is not a question, it is the truth.

To be honest the whole thing makes me sad

I am not saying that I am all that
or that I know everything
but, I do know one thing
this world is lost and needs God

There is
 no golden idol
no meditation technique
no laws
no sacred mountain
nothing
that can substitute for a relationship
with The One who is The Creator of Everything.

When I or anyone has doubts in what is true
the best thing to do is to go back to the roots
to what has been proven in my life
what I have seen and can testify to.
I do not take someones word for it
I go to the source
God's word and prayer for understanding.
I seek out trustworthy, wise people.
Then, I line that up side by side with my doubts.
God is faithful to reveal who He is.

In the book of Romans, 
we are given truth as to who God is
and also a warning...
It is worth reading.


Romans 1:20-25 (voice)

From the beginning, 
creation in its magnificence enlightens us to His nature.
Creation itself makes His undying power and divine identity clear,
even though they are invisible:
and it voids the excuses and ignorant claims of these people
because, 
despite the fact that they knew the one true God,
they have failed to show the 
love, 
honor, 
and appreciation 
due to the One who created them!
Instead, 
their lives are consumed by vain thoughts 
that poison their foolish hearts.
They claim to be wise;
but they have been exposed as fools,
frauds,
and con artists--
only a fool would trade the splendor
and beauty
of the immortal God
to worship images of
the common man or woman,
bird or reptile,
or the next beast that tromps along.
So God gave them just what their lustful hearts desired.
As a result,
they violated their bodies and invited shame into their lives. 
How?
By choosing a foolish lie over God's truth.
They gave their lives and devotion
to the creature
rather than to the Creator Himself,
who is blessed forever and ever.
Amen.


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