Do you you have a desire to get to know God, or maybe discover that there is a God? Have you been turned off and turned away from God, from even considering ever setting foot in another so-called ‘Church’ full of deception, greed, scandals, lust, unfair treatment, partiality, and the like? You are not alone.
Thousands, upon thousands have made the same choice. It’s no surprise.
Why continue investing your all into a sham? An illusion?
What exactly is the illusion that deceives and discourages so many?
#1 Religion or being religious is Faith
#2 That God is affiliated with Religion, or a denomination
#3 The Church is an institution or building that exist independent of yourself
Inexperience, is a lack of experience. Inexperience is a lack of knowledge. Sounds simple enough, right?
Many times in our lives we jump to incorrect conclusions, or we generalize all future events associated with an event or idea will turn out the same or we file them into a category. Take a person you know who is always lying and making things up, over and over again you have caught them in their lies. It won’t be long before we dismiss everything they say and file them away as unreliable story tellers. By doing this, it makes things much easier for us. We do not have to invest the enormous amount of time and energy that will be required to comb through all the details. After enough let down from that person, we will refile them into the trash bin of never again. Why waste our time?
We never waste our time when we continue searching for God. Ever.
“Keep on searching and you will find. Keep on asking and it will be given. Keep on knocking and it will be opened. ”
People will always let you down. Always.
All the sideshows, scandals, affairs, child molestations, rapes, unfair treatment, and greed that we have all been exposed to, time and time again, -that isn’t God letting you down.
That’s people letting you down.
That’s one of the most effective strategies ever, it turns away millions of people every year as they falsely place God into the same category with people and religion.
God, Almighty God, doesn’t have a category that we can put Him in, He makes and creates categories, infinite rows of them.
There is no box, that we can conveniently put God as we all try to do at some point, like fitting a peg piece into the wooden puzzle at Cracker Barrel.
Religions are powerless denominations that people have slapped a label onto, that subsequently separate and then devastate instead of liberate, and elevate.
Religions are based on what men think. Not God.
God, Christ Jesus, warns us against religions. “Beware of false religious leaders who come to you in sheep covering but are nothing more than ravenous wolves. ”
Then what in the world do I do, what do we do then? Shall we generalize and toss all the Churches into the RELIGION IS DEAD bin?
Easy fix. Requires little to no effort and that’s precisely why so many have done just that. Not to mention, it is far more convenient, by dismissing it all, “Ahhhhhhh, I’m free… No more rules, I can do as I wish when I wish. Yippie!!.” We shout for joy. As we fall victim into our own self made catastrophe.
After some time has passed, and we have endured enough suffering, it begins to dawn on us that perhaps we aren’t as self-reliant and capable as we imagined.
The search continues.
Perhaps, we jumped the gun by tossing all the churches into the trash bin.
As a matter of fact, we did. We absolutely did.
We are the Church. Each person is a fragment of the whole, like a lego that fits nicely together to make the whole. No wonder catastrophe came knocking, after we tossed ourselves in the trash.
It’s an illusion to think of the Church as a building, that exist apart from us. It’s easy to think because nobody carries Church home with them after leaving. Who after leaving Church on Sunday takes home with them the front doors?
Allow God to shed some light over the matter:
‘And the secret is this, that Christ Jesus is in your hearts, is thy only hope of salvation. ‘
‘We who believe are carefully joined together with Christ as parts of a beautiful constantly growing temple for God. ‘
1 Corinthians 12:12
‘Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is the same with the ‘body’ of Christ. Each of us is a part of the body of Christ. Some of us Jews, Some of us Gentiles. [Some of us black, some of us white, some of us Canadian, some of us American, some of us Nigerian] And it goes on to explain in verse 13- ‘The Holy Spirit has fitted us ALL together into one body. ‘
We must learn to see the world through our spiritual eyes. If we want to discover God, let us close our eyes and open the eyes of our God given spirit’s. The eyes of the flesh serve to anchor us down to the material world and all it’s distractions. Let us make it a practice to close our eyes and listen. Close our eyes and feel. Hope is believing in God. It is to have a future.
Anything else and all else lead back to square one, go ahead and file that in the trash bin. That’s a decision you will never regret.
God is everywhere. He is the true world wide universal galatic web. The internet is fools gold. A knock off imitation developed to fill in the void, the inherent need to be connected to all that is.
But our Creator is an original artist. He cannot be duplicated, or eradicated. He hardwired himself into everyone one of us. We can unplug the cord as many times as we want, it don’t mean squat. When we choose to unplug from God, it’s like the moment our cell phone dies times a thousand raised to the highest power. We just lost connection to all that is real and that truly matters.
Whether we choose to believe God is real or not translates to absolute zero progress. That old saying it doesn’t hurt anybody but ourselves is not true in this case. When we choose to not believe in God it hurts everyone arounds us including ourselves. We aren’t getting over on anyone. We aren’t going to prove ourselves right by science it’s like spinning in circles to infinity. Denial of God, is futility. It is to to look ourselves in the mirror and tell ourselves we see no reflection.
“Continue putting up with one another, being kind to one another, and freely forgiving one another, just as Almighty God through Christ has freely forgiven you. ”
Therefore, let us not give up on each other, nor congregating with one another as we realize we are the Church body, with Christ as the Head. Let us continue in search of God every day, both inside and outside of ourselves, in and through all living things. This is the gateway that leadeth to peace and eternal victory.
*I would like to give credit where credit is due. To the one and only who makes things happen-Almighty God, to His Son our Reedemer, and to the mighty power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord, for it is by your hand that we live, and we die. It is by your hand that we arise each day. I plead that you continue opening our spiritual eyes and ears and hearts, allow us to witness your miracles every day, to live in thanks and with an appreciation for all that you have ever done for each and every one of us. Great is your name, forever. In Jesus name we give you thanks and pray, Amen.