A few days ago, I was riding with a group on a tour bus viewing various new construction homes in our area. Somehow the conversation turned to each person’s religious actions and beliefs.
One woman stated that she liked going to the Lutheran church because she knew exactly what was expected of her and what “she was supposed to do.” Exactly. Religion is about YOU doing something. It is man-made.
Pride keeps us from accepting a free gift or help from anybody so religion was created to help us “feel better” about working toward Heaven.
What God has given us is a GIFT. You cannot earn your way to Heaven…period.
It amazes me when I listen to others talk about church. Catholics have their rituals and they are comfortable doing this weekly. Does it edify anybody? Does it change lives for the better? I don’t think so. If you knew exactly what you were going to do every moment of every service, what is the point in going?
I’m not saying one “religion” is better than the other. Far from it. I am saying that religion is not made by God. He gave us freedom through Jesus Christ and His death, burial and resurrection. All we have to do is believe. Wow…too simple?
OK. If somebody hands you a gift, do you offer to pay for it? No. In order to get the gift, what do you have to do? Receive it. No strings attached. It is humbling? Yes. Do you have to knock your pride out of the way? Absolutely.
That is one of the reasons why God hates pride. Man can do nothing without Him.
Jesus died to set us free. Free from the confines of man’s made up rules. Freedom from legalism. He’s not saying go hog-wild and do what you please. But nowhere in the Bible does it teach us to pray to Mary. She was human, just like you and me. Nowhere in Scripture does it say we have to ride bicycles or live in poverty or take vows of celibacy.
Each of us, as we are saved by believing in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, to save us from our sins, are given a gift of the Holy Spirit. This enables us to have a discerning spirit to know what is right and what is wrong. For some, having a glass of wine is ok. They do not take it to extremes or get drunk or become alcoholics. Each of us are different. But, we also shouldn’t cause others to stumble in their walk with the Lord. We shouldn’t misrepresent Him or tarnish His name.
Our purpose on this earth is to glorify Him and to bring others to Him. Our rewards are in Heaven. I, for one, am looking forward to the Rapture of the saints. Anytime I get frustrated about the world in which we live, I start singing that song, “This world is not my home….I’m just a passin’ through…my treasures are laid up…somewhere beyond the blue…the angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door…no I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
There is beauty in this world but none can compare to what awaits those who have accepted Christ as Savior. I love taking photos of nature. It just brings me such joy to study the mind of my Creator. I cannot wait to meet Him. I know this: I am going to hug Jesus for what He’s done for me. I am in awe of Him. He’s my best friend and I cannot imagine living without Him.
To God be the glory, great things He has done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son. Thank you, Father!