Organized religion…I think I am more of a spiritual person. There are so many rules associated with organized religion, rules that I think were made up by men, not God…that I have kind of moved away from labeling myself with a specific category.
I LOVE that Christianity says that God is infinite and all-knowing, “un-see-able” and unknowable. So unimaginable that the only way I have heard to describe God is that it is the great I AM. I love that I can have a personal relationship with God. I don’t have to talk to God through a priest. If I have some confessing to do, I can do it directly to God. I can ride out into the pasture and scream to God, with my mouth wide open, at the top of my lungs.
I do love the fellowship of a lot of like-minded people on a Sunday morning. Occasionally, listening to a teacher who is giving me some great interpretations of what scripture means. I listen and I use the power of discernment that God gave me. I don’t think I should be made to feel bad for not showing up every time the church opens its doors. I love that the church I attend on an inconsistent basis, welcomes me with open arms even if it has been awhile.
I believe that God puts people in our paths that will teach us but we must still use our God-given abilities to decide for ourselves. Following blindly, not thinking for myself…I don’t think that is a good idea.
Religion to me is different from belief. I have a spiritual belief that I won’t go into here, that is not the question. I think religion is useful for people who need someone to lead them during their search for the truth. I have needed my pastor and some of his teachers during my search. However, I don’t follow blindly and I am glad my pastor doesn’t expect me to. He encourages us to think for ourselves but to find the answers in the Bible and in our hearts.
I believe in the power of prayer but I don’t think I have to be a member of a specific religion for it to be powerful for me.
To sum it up, I am thankful that God loves me know matter what, period…and that I don’t have to be a member of any religion for that to be the truth.
Vacation photo of the day: