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Many times I have been asked "Are you religious?". I just mention God's name, and I am asked this question! Haha well to ease their understanding I usually say "yes" because I know that they think that Christianity is a religion... but my answer is really "NO!" I am not religious at all... although I am a christian! Christianity is not a religion. Religion in my opinion is a negative word. I have explored very little about religion admittedly but from what I have heard, religions are not nice at all. I don't mean to sound offensive to anyone, we all have the right to believe what we want, but this is my opinion on how I feel.
In a lot of religions their gods, apart from non existent, aren't loving god's. As far as I know some of the god's in these religions choose who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. In some religions if you commit a really bad sin you go to hell, even if you believe in your God and practice the religion... apparently it is not so bad if you commit a little sin though. Buddhism is probably the nicest sounding of them all but people who follow it are worshiping someone who is dead. I certainly don't understand worshiping idols either...
" Why would I ever worship would and stone, things that can not hear or speak at all?" -Bethany Dillon (singer songwriter) Well said!
At SMASH camp last year, I was a leader for the first time. I didn't have my own small group to lead but I helped lead with Jenn Owen. Jenn was in the first aid team, and she needed me to be her back up just in case she needed to use her first aid skills elsewhere during small groups! We had 5 in our small group and most of these girls new each other. There was a girl in our group called Sarah who had been a christian before, well she attended church anyway and I suppose she believed mostly, but now she had fallen away from it all. She didn't expect to feel so welcome at the camp because she had been to churches who had made her feel un-welcome. When she arrived she was in tears because she was so welcomed by everyone. After hearing the nightly messages, and after seeing how we worship, she had dozens of questions. She told Jenn and I and our small group about her life and how she finds it hard to believe that God is loving. We answered so many questions that helped her out. Anyway on one of the days she asked us a question that we could sort of answer but she still wasn't satisfied... she said that there are many religions, and she wanted to know which one to pick? Westy was walking by, checking on the groups, not long after we had tried to answer Sarah's question....so we decided to invite him to sit with us, and Sarah asked him the question. Westy told us that he had done a lot of research on religions, and he decided in the end that Christianity (even though it isn't a religion) is the best one... he said if there was a better one, he would follow it but there isn't. Sarah spent the rest of the week asking questions and she eventually became a christian.
Hmm just a random thought, Christianity isn't actually about Christianity (if you know what I mean?)... in fact the term Christian is only used in the bible once I am pretty sure. We are believers who have faith in God and follow him, we were named Christians because I guess it needed to be named something other than believers?
Anyways so religions aren't really that great in my opinion... I am sure they have their good sides, but as Westy said, Christianity is the better option!
So if Christianity isn't a religion, then what is it? It is a relationship. It is hard to get your head around but the Father (God), the Son (Jesus) and the Holy spirit (Jesus's spirit) all have a relationship, they are one, therefore we must be one with God. Our God is a very loving God. He loves us so much that he gave his Son to be the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus was obedient to God. God was in agony along with Jesus when he was brutally killed, but it had to happen so that we could be saved! Now God wants us to have a relationship. We all rebel against God, no matter if we believe in Him or not, we are all sinners. God also loves even if we don't believe. We choose to believe in Him, and if we do, we are rewarded, and can have a wonderful relationship.To God all sins are equal, because ALL sins seperate us from the lord. Murder is worse act than lying but it isn't a worse sin.
Anyways so those are my thoughts. If you disagree with anything I have said please comment. If you agree and have anything to add, or have any questions, please comment. I also apologise if this offended anyone, please comment if it did, but please also understand that this is my opinion. My opinion is based on what I have learnt over the years.
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