Saturday, January 14, 2012

Religion - Commanded by God

This is some great poetry, and I agree with almost everything this guy said. Except for this one thing. The idea that religion is a bad thing. This idea isn't exclusive to this guy alone, it is pervading the church. My brother Spencer actually emailed this video to me. Here was my response:

yah i actually just saw that, good stuff huh? Right on, except for ragging on the idea of religion. Religion isn't inherently bad. Religion is defined by the Bible as:

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27)

Today, it has been defined more as a set of rituals or rules. This is still commanded by God, but this guy is right, if this is all we are doing, that is not Christianity. It does need to first be a relationship with The Father and His Son. First and foremost. But Scripture also says that if you love Christ, you will do His commandments (John 14:15). Thats where the modern idea of religion does come into play. But it all must be rooted in the love and trust of the Father and His Son. Otherwise it will all be for nothing.


  1. your friend Eric Payne.January 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I just can't understand trying to explain present tense spirituality on past tense principles and ideas way too old to be confirmed as fact or God-breathed. Not to say that scriptures aren't applicable to our lives, but what truly binds us to them besides blind faith and strictly persoal experience? What makes these experiences truly transcendental in a way that excludes them from all other religious possibilities? Does dogma equal salvation, or is salvation beyond all human concepts? Does it all come down to ingrained cultural ideals and perspectives? Write me back at my email if you'd like to converse further otherwise I won't remember to check this.

  2. My question is, is God's truth bound by time and space? Why would His principles change? God created the whole universe. He is the only unchanging being, and the only self-existing entity. How could the Being from which all others rely on for existence change who He is and what He expects?

    We know from Scripture that God claims to have had a plan since before the foundation of the world. So either all of Scripture is wrong, or God's plan remains the same throughout the generations of man.

    The real question you ask seems not to be if the Scripture apply's today but rather:

    Is Scripture God's words or man's words?

    If it was only man from the beginning, who perhaps had some kinda of higher experience and wrote some things down, then yes, Scripture and Christianity on a whole would not transcend time and only truly apply in the cultures and times it was written (if even there). But if Scripture is God's words, then it truly does not matter when or where it was written. All that matters is that it was given.

    Could you define what you mean by blind faith and dogma?

    Love and peace man!

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  3. I like what you said about this; I really love where the guy is coming from, but there is a danger to pendulum swing and I've seen some pretty sketchy things come out of a hyper-focus on the intimate relationship with God that we are blessed with.

    But Jesus did do a lot of condemning of mere religion so I can understand this guy's beef. He is totally copying this guy though. haha