What you believe doesn’t make you a better person.
Your behavior does.
I read this a few months ago on FB and a few weeks ago on someone’s post here on WP. Sorry I don’t remember who post either one.
These two sentences speak volumes. I think of people who can quote the bible, chapter and verse verbatim. How wonderful for them they are able to memorize and draw on the right verse in any situation. I personally have a hard time remembering the above quote.
I have nothing against religion if that’s your thing. I have nothing against the church, temple, synagogue, mosque or kingdom hall. Like they say you do you and I’ll do me. This means I won’t dribble my beliefs on you and I will thank you kindly, not to insinuate your beliefs on me. As I wrote in my post What Cha’ Know I know what I know, and you know what you know.
This is my blog page and this is what I want to say on the subject of ’Religion vs. Faith’. These are my opinions and what I believe.
God is good all the time. He is my strengths, my hopes. He is my refuge in the storm. In my darkest hours He has rocked me and patted my back as I tried to console my pain and stifle my tears. He was there to remind me to trust in Him. I always know He’s there.
Over my life time I’ve read the Bible, Torah, Koran and parts of the Talmud. My conclusion, God is Love, He is Forgiving and Peaceful. I’ve read about the teachings of Kabala(Cabala), freemasonry and Egyptian Mysteries. I didn’t understand all I read, but I understood a lot. Oh and I grew up in the Catholic Church and was educated by nuns. And I practiced the studies of the 5 Percent.
I’ve always retained a peaceful nature, even when I’ve given into the temptations of Lucifer. (My poem I Flirted with Lucifer ) I was invited and went to different churches. I have felt the Holy Ghost. It’s hard not to when everyone is singing, crying and shouting praises. Yet, I also feel the spirit when I look at my beautiful grandchildren. I see the spirit watching, my son shedding the dark cloak of his past to darn the clothes of a successful achiever. I see the spirit of the Lord when I water my plants and his wonders that surround me every day. I feel the Lord when I write. Sometimes it amazes me when I reread some of my work. God uses my fingers to pen most of my writings.
I feel the glory of the Lord when He allowed me to put my oxygen tank away. He helped me go from 310 pounds to 260 and giving me the will to lose more.
I don’t go to a church building, because I am the temple of my God. He lives in me and through me. I make mistakes, I am not perfect but try to do what is right. I trust in my God and know that He won’t forsake me. Because He knows my heart is pure.
Back to the above quote.
I’ve known people who will say ‘Praise the Lord’ after every sentence, then talk about the person who just walked out the room. Is that righteous behavior?
I’ve talked to people who quote the bible and ‘fellowship’with me. Then ask me what church I go to. Once they find out I don’t attend church. The room, even if on a park bench turns cold. Is that’s the Christian way?
I know people who pray all the time. Go to church all the time. Speak about how great Jesus is. Then when something goes wrong in their lives, they give blame to the other person. They judge and condemned. They fill their mind, body and soul with the anger and hurt. They allow that bile to fester and infect their whole being. Why don’t they give it to the Lord and smile? Do they not hear the words that they read?
If every person who spends their Saturday and Sunday listening to the Word of God and praising His name, became the church then maybe we will find peace. There would be no wars, no hunger. People will love each other regardless of their differences.
I try each and every day to correct what I can that is negative in my life. So that I can be as close to perfect as any living soul can be. I try not to judge, hurt or be malicious and if I fail I ask my God to help me be better. I believe that’s the righteous way.