Religion and How Jake Sees It
Well it's been a while since I just started typing about something and not really having a specific direction that I want to make a point about... So since I've been thinking about "Religion" and what it means to me, I thought I would just type out my thoughts. Not necessarily to see what kind of reaction I get, if any, but just to see my thoughts written down. Seems like I always learn something from myself, and about myself when I do that hahaha
First things first, I don't want anyone to think I'm bashing YOUR beliefs... what I talk about is how I feel and how I see it... errr, remember the name of this blog? "My Life as I See It"? ha well there ya go!
Where Two or More are Gathered
Seems like I get invited to church at least once or twice a week. And that's cool... I don't mind people inviting me to church. What bothers me is when folks ASSume that I'm "not living right" because I don't visit a church building three times a week, or once a week for that matter. When folks ask me where I got to church, I tell them "The Church of Jeff". Which basically means I read and study on my own. And yes that means I watch preaching or listen to it on TV or the Internet. Why? Well there's several reasons...
Oh and where did Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night come from anyways? Anybody know? The Bible? Society?
I really enjoy MY time each morning. I feel I get so much more than I ever did from "dressing up" and being a part of the congregation!
What is The Church?
The "church" is really the people right? Not the building... Soooo I wonder...
- Why are MILLION dollar churches built for everyone to come and sit all comfy when that money could be used to help MILLIONS of people? Is that really what the church was meant to be? A nice big phat place to hang out with your friends and family? I mean seriously, is that what a church is for?
- What's with all the "dressing up"? I never really understood why folks had to "put on their Sunday best" ? Just where exactly does that come from? How many folks won't even attend church because they don't have the nice cloths that others do? I know for a fact that it happens. I mean at Easter so many have to have a new dress or new whatever... WHY? Is that what church is about?
- Is church about going to the service, yet standing IN and outside the church before and after and gossiping about everything under the sun?
I dunno... just all seems to "commercialized" to me. Too many distractions, too many hypocrites.
So many people don't even know WHY they believe what they believe. For so many, it's just what mama and daddy always believed, or what they've been told. So many never try and learn on their own!
Some of you are probably already fuming or maybe you do agree with me who knows? BUT, I will say this... if you feel you need to be in a church building 1, 2 or 3 times a week to make sure you are "ok", by all means do it! I think attending a church building and being around others is just what some folks need... but for me, at this point in my life... I'm learning more than I ever have doing what I'm doing!
I realize that all the folks that visit this blog probably have many different beliefs. Heck even if 100 of us were of the same denomination, we would probably interpret most things differently anyway. Isn't it crazy how many different ways we as humans can look at the very same thing?
Who's Right? Who's Wrong?
One last thought before I end this blog post... I was having a discussion with someone not too long ago, a discussion I've had many times with different folks. I never seem to get an answer though so I'm gonna toss it out here....
First I'll say this... I have my beliefs and I LOVE the relationship I have with my God. I'm not perfect and I never will be while here on this earth. I know what I believe in my heart and I'm secure in what I believe.
Having said that...
I was born here in the good ole Bible belt. I've always known about Christianity and what the beliefs are since I was a child. One day someone made a comment to me that all Muslims were headed to hell. Along with that, they said that anyone that didn't have a Christian belief was headed to hell. My question to them was this....
If I were born in a Muslim country (btw, I'm ONLY using Muslims as an example because that's what the person said to me) and I grew up Muslim, and ALL I ever knew was the Muslim way... now just think about that for a moment and put yourself in that person's shoes. And you can choose ANY other belief... what about a remote tribe in the far reaches of the earth... what if I were born there and was taught to worship cows, or the moon or whatever? That's ALL I've ever known. When I die, I'm headed to hell because of where I was born, how I was raised etc etc?
When I ask that question, people will usually quote a few scriptures about different things... Most of the time I'm told that those folks will have a "chance" after they die to accept the truth.
Hmmmmm... sooo some folks can be born in another land, in a different culture and live the ONLY way they know how, and they are doomed to hell because that's all they ever knew? Or they'll have an opportunity to "make it" after having lived a life of "whatever"?
Maybe I'm missing something somewhere.....
I also feel like many folks are afraid to talk about things like this? Why? What's wrong with having questions and discussion?
Before I end this, I want to again stress that I am NOT bashing anyone for going to church or for any belief they may have. These are just my thoughts!! GOT IT? hahahaha
Oh well... I've rambled enough... feel free to comment!