Monday, January 18, 2010
What is true religion?
There are so many frightening things being done in the world today in the name of religion. Religion is the way we are tied back to God, and many people have ideas about how this is to be done. But I believe there is a simple test to know what is truly of God and what is not. True religion, that which is Godly and God sanctioned, is that which is filled with love and compassion and that which acts as if there is a basic holiness permeating things and people. Those who practice such religion live creatively and do not try to force others into tiny rules and boxes, into their own politics and laws, for all of those things were done away with with Christ's sacrifice. (Book of Galations) Any hatred served up in the name of religion is just hatred. God is love, not hate.
Setting God's agenda for Him, and trying to 'do His work' for Him is far from what He has asked us to do. He has asked us to accept and live in what He has done for us, and is willing to continue doing. These people scare me. They claim to speak for God but there is no Godly love in them.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is Love. 1 John 4:8