So,lately I have been noticing that there are many out there who seem to be falling away from a belief in a Divinity…..
It seems Atheism is replacing in the hearts and minds the spot where God is supposed to be, and in response to this MANY Christians are becoming quite militant in their defense of their Faith.
I wanted to take a moment to say that if we, as Christians, are somehow offended that the prevailing winds of change are seeing a rise in non-christian faiths,and we are looking for someone to blame then we need look no further than the mirror.
Reason: WE DID NOT RAISE OUR CHILDREN RIGHT. Yep, I went there…..
Why attack another person because of their faith being different than yours? Do you not know that the will to choose how YOU serve God is COMPLETELY different that how they choose? And yet, BOTH are serving God’s will, His divine plan.
Why challenge GOD’S CHOICE????
I see people finding their faith in other areas than Christianity and I say to myself “That is their choice…their free will, as God Himself gave them that choice”. I am tired of seeing people become all outraged over the smallest of issues concerning differences in faith!
Think about it: WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH?? Are WE right?? Are they???
To be a Christian is a self awareness choice…this does not mean that because we ARE one that we have to enforce our will onto others.
Each person will have to explain their actions when the time comes…
“‘I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.'” -Ezekiel 24:14
We ALL have to answer for our actions…EVERY action we commit to….every ACT, however small, is WELL RECORDED IN HEAVEN…even the smallest of offenses….
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” -Revelations 20:12
So, if a person chooses to follow another faith remember this: THEIR CHOICE IS THEIR CHOICE
We need to QUIT trying to ‘conquer’ another person’s soul, and start trying to conquer our OWN first. Before we try slamming our faith onto another, REALLY learn about your faith FIRST…find out it’s history…how did things REALLY start? Not how THEY told you, I can assure you..
Example: Women being the cause of Original Sin….yep…NOT how you THINK it started.. many believe it because it has been being shoved off in Doctrine for CENTURIES, and no one seemed to question HOW this concept came about….wanna know??
Augustine’s formulation of original sin was popular among Reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin who equated original sin with concupiscence, affirming that it persisted even after baptism and completely destroyed freedom
According to his contemporary Jerome, Augustine “established anew the ancient Faith.” In his early years he was heavily influenced by Manichaeism and afterward by the Neo-Platonism of Plotinus. After his conversion to Christianity and his baptism in 387, Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives. He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war.
RIGHT THERE….did you catch that?? In ONE PERSON we can find the ORIGINATOR of the concept of Original Sin, AND THE REASON FOR THE CRUSADES.
Augustine’s writings became DOCTRINE….and thereby dogma, and since his time remained unchanged.
So, everyone THINKS that the concept of Original Sin came from The Bible…when in fact, it came from ONE MAN’S CONCEPT (and he was NOT happy with women BEFORE he was a Christian…so do the math!)
There is one scripture I CAN use that will bring this all home….
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” -Luke 6:37
We are NOT to judge a person for their faith…but rather follow what is written in John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
Let each person approach God as HE CHOOSES…and not as YOU want….because we ALL have to face The Judge alone….