GOD is NOT Religion
God is not Religion by John Kevin Badway Sept 12th 2010
This may offend someone who doesn’t quite understand my point of view, but, all I ask is that you the reader, no matter your proclivity to certain beliefs or ideologies that you examine the facts before stating your own opinions contrary to the authors dissertation. Thank You!
And now for something completely different….to borrow a line from Monty Python…Indulge me for a moment as I go against the grain of current popular thought regarding God and religion.
What is Religion?
Is it God?
Is God religion?
Well, first of all let me say that GOD is not religion!
WHAT! You say….How dare ye! I protest thee! And so on etc, etc.
As I mentioned this to an Atheist/agnostic, he argued that indeed God is religion and that’s what all these denominations are all about, however, I contend that GOD and religion are separate.
Well, first let me explain that religion is a practice or series of practices that one does to support a notion, idea, or belief. There are people who worship the tomato but is the tomato a religion? It is in fact a tomato, an object unto which a select group of people may worship, pray, and practice certain customs or rituals involving this wonderful fruit…yes a tomato is considered a fruit…but it is still a tomato, an inanimate object and would not be considered a god unless you want it to be deified as such. So if according to atheists that GOD is not real then it can not be a religion on that merit alone.
Man created religion/s to justify their beliefs or ideals about practical matters and created gods whether in a physical form like a statue or painting or in mythological form like Zeus, Perseus, Poseidon, etc. Some may have been actual people that existed at one time like Buddha, but still the practices of ritualistic behavior towards these gods are in essence religion and not the object of devotion itself.
That being said, GOD or ELOHIM the Hebrew word for GOD as we know Him to be is not a religion, however man has made a religion of worshiping Him. Throughout the ages man has fought, died, killed, sacrificed, and persecuted among other things in their devotion to their own notion of whom they think God actually is.
I do not practice rituals in my belief of “All that is Holy”, ELOHIM nor do I celebrate holidays that involve pagan origins for I know this does not please GOD. I believe in HIM because of my life’s journey and what HE has done for me even when I have been the proverbial Rebel without a cause, a Christian without a clue.
The Church I go to is the one that very few attend. The one that lives in the hearts of the unfortunate and oppressed. The abused and distraught. The one that says your money is no good here but your servitude is required. Where giving is without expecting. And where Faith is essential no matter the obstacle or obstruction that hinders your walk for if you stumble He will reset your legs of spiritual motion, if you fall, He will lift you up and dust off the dirt of despair and set you back upon the prosperous path to glory. My Church does not convene on one day or two but of every moment you have when you encounter another of Gods children no matter their situation. In my Church there is no prestige or rank. No order of righteous vs. the non righteous. In my Church there is no He or She it is We!
…….sorry I got off track for a moment….I do that you know from time to time…lol…
We as Christians need to understand…GOD is not concerned with your practices or rituals for they are only in vanity we do these things. Jesus himself told the Pharisees these are your ways not my Fathers. It is our actions that prove our worth and our inactions that show our worthlessness. I am no saint, nor a prophet or preacher but I am one of Gods’ works in progress and I hope that we all quit using religion as a crutch. Religion is like a car you are pushing up hill…you can only go so far before it rolls back over you and leaves you worse off than you were before.
Remember!…it’s not how many times you’ve read the Holy Bible, attended Church, had communion or confessed your sins, been baptized, or how much money you put in the collection plate…This doesn’t please God it troubles Him for if you truly loved Him you would do the two things he sent Jesus down here to tell us….Love God with all your heart and Do unto others as you would have them do unto you…
How many of you have done those two things….
think about that the next time you see a person standing outside with a cup asking for change…sure, he might get a beer with that…but, then again…maybe, it’s an angel sent to test your ability to give without judgment….
God bless you for reading and if you disagree that’s fine after all, how will we ever learn to communicate if we can’t discuss.
“The preceding announcement has not been officially endorsed by God, Jesus or any Heavenly body and does not necessarily represent the views of current Judeo-Christian thinking…Thank you!
"They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions...I must be going to Heaven because I don't have any good intentions.".BADWAY