First- you need to address the situation without the connotations of religion that the world stigmatizes. Religion is man’s attempt to interpret the perfect will of God. I don’t believe in religion since man in flawed and imperfect. i put my faith in God, not man. I believe in God and I believe in striving to understand him. Truth resonates inside me, its sweet, and satisfying. All men are not bad, but I do not rely on their wisdom and understanding and pursuit of selfless understanding of God and truth.
“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
This world is controversial like i said before. Man will believe what he wants to believe. It depends what he’s looking for. If you search for truth, and goodness, however hard that path may be, you will find it. That requires severing your desires and ego for the pursuit of Truth and righteousness as your free will enters into the equation of life.
Man has a tendency to believe in whats convenient for himself. he satisfies his pride and ego and desires with self indulgence and shortcuts and tries to escape any accountability by making himself his own God more or less ;OR man will fashion a God that suits him best. and a God isn’t necessarily a philosophy or an idol. Its anything that is a priority that suits him best as he lives his life in his own pursuit.
There are those who dont give any thought whatsoever to existence. Agnosticism. Some people dont think or may find it easier to float along life doing what they want to do in order to escape accountability for what they know.
There are those who dont challenge what they have been taught and they really dont know what they believe what they believe. happens everywhere in religion. they dont know why- but they grew up with this philosophy or faith or religion and thats that. they can be blind to truth due to pride. no one wants to be wrong they’ve vested so much in.
jesus. that guy. i believe in him. its a challenging subject but this is what i think and my experiences have led me to believe in my search for the truth.
Faith is a matter of believing without seeing. if you put your faith in things that have little foundation you will see that they will come crashing down. they have little support. my faith in God has never let me down.
My philosophy stems from the bible. the bible never contradicts itself if you use it for good instead of for your own ends or for evil/destruction. and let me say, anything can be used for evil or destruction. fire- can create warmth and cook or burn and obliterate. water can quench thirst or we can drown. Truth can open your eyes setting you free of bondage and fear and give you hope, or you can use pieces of truth to deceive for selfish ends or destruction. The bible has changed billions of lives throughout history- from changing the hearts of the wicked or lost. The bible has also killed millions of innocent people throughout time when used wrongly in the wrong hands. Its all about Intent. If your intent is for the revealing of truth goodness righteousness and life than you will never fail and you have nothing to fear because truth is like a light that drives out darkness.
The bible as a book is sound in its intent to show man through the experiences of those who’ve done their best to understand God and the truth of life, and have succeeded through trial and error. No man is perfect and no man understands the perfect will of God. It takes a lifetime of earnestly seeking truth and never settling for anything but truth and perfection of character to refine an understanding of God. I believe God and his perfection allowed the authors and their texts, written of a span of thousands of years, to find their way to collect into a single coherent sound book that convey’s the same message beginning to end as a mean’s to save people the pain of trial and error in order to find him and understand what life is about.
Man is man. flawed and human. we have taken the book and interpreted it according to our abilities and will. The Christian churches have evolved overtime as mans ego and pride of being right entered into the equation as they tried to understand the best way to interpret it. The roman catholic saw that it meant this, the orthodox saw that it meant that. The protestants said, you are losing the point of the message in the bible, its not customs and traditions its about knowing truth and the best way to know truth is to read the word and apply it to your life. and obviously this continues as churches and people who interpret it differently move to their own congregation.
All in all the churches believe in the bible and know the truths are inescapably correct. man is flawed. and he does let his flawed reasoning and desires misconstrue the intent of the bible as a way to understand the meaning of life. Its about God. and Knowing him. and we can only know him if we know what truth is. since his will is perfect. the more we know truth, the more we know the will of God. and his plan for our life.
This is easier said then done as we live among people who are lost and searching for answers but not ready to be accountable to someone other than themselves. and answers dont pop out. you search and you will find. seek truth and you will find an overabundance of answers. seek self, seek the things of this world, materialism, things that corrode, and crack under pressure, seek the approval of people and you will never find answers that provide a foundation of joy and happiness and hope. the things of this world are temporary.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” matt6:19
BUT the point of the bible. is to aid us in our understanding. and it takes faith to believe without seeing. but the foundation is tested and strong. If you love truth you love God.
God has a perfect will.
Jesus is an issue i could talk forever about but here’s my interpretation.
Jesus was sent by God to fulfill his will. Jesus is essentially God’s son. Human in every aspect, but totally in line with the will of God. Why Jesus, why that man, only God knows. He is perfect and flawless. He is just as capable as any other man, but he knows truth and speaks and live truth- Gods will.
Anything less than perfect cannot enter into God’s presence. Which is why we are separated from God right now. For those who honestly, earnestly seek to know God, and have accepted the duty and task of seeking truth and understanding and His will- the only way we will enter into God’s presence is to be flawless. When we die, our bodies die like every other tangible thing on earth but our soul and spirit live on eternally.
In order to live on eternally in the presence of God, after death we need to be perfect.
To solve this problem God allowed symbolism as an extension of the intent and surrender of man’s heart as an outward expression. The old traditions of the old covenant were that man would sacrifice to best of what he had as a gesture of his faith in God and his search for understanding him better. Traditionally it was something of value. In those times an unblemished lamb. The more you had, the more you gave. You were not concerned with the loss of sacrificing because you had faith that God would provide and is in control despite the contradiction of the human nature to say otherwise. This was the old covenant with man- before christ.
Human life is the most valuable thing on this earth. it has more potential and value than an living and non- living thing. God sent a perfect human to die a blameless death in a sacrificial manner for the atonement of all the sins of man that ever lived.
Christ was the new covenant with man. Faith alone will save. Not acts. Its in the heart of man. If you put your faith in God and you earnestly seek truth, and goodness and righteousness, you will be rewarded with life everlasting.
It is not easy. Like anything in life, doing good is hard and arduous, but the rewards are exponential. Like a single seed planted that brings forth a tree of fruit after seasons of labor. we are not perfect. we make mistake, but God knows our hearts. and if we just want what is right he will rewards us for the efforts.