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If you are looking for love, I have the answer. If you are looking for drama, I can hook you up. If you want scandal, well, I have that too. So, pull up a chair, grab your popcorn, and turn off The Real Housewives of Orange County. 'Cause Baby, we're going to church....
You heard me, we're are going to talk about Christianity.
Let's Take A Walk Back In Time
If you are like me, you remember going to church as a child. For me, we were just Christmas and Easter Believers. We would get all dressed up and go. Apart from my family, I would go to church with my friends on Sundays and attend AWANA on Monday nights. I would carry my little bible into the church and spend the morning in Sunday school. We would sing songs, color pictures, and hear great stories about how Jesus loved all of us. We were told to read our bibles and pray, be nice to one another and ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior and then life was going to be good. Those were the old days and I have to wonder where it is all going.
Over the last month, I have seen and heard so many stories that have made me wonder about Christianity. I have to confess, that I am still a learning Christian. My bible knowledge is not as strong as it could be and I do know understand most of the history of Christianity. With that said, I have to admit that if I knew more, than maybe some of this would make more sense to me.
*If we all proclaim to be Christians, how can our views be so different?. I know that within each denomination, there are different views and rules. For instance, some can drink wine anytime that they would like (within reason, of course) and others believe that alcohol of any kind is forbidden. There's no dancing for some and, for others, dancing is used as an expression of worship. They can not even seem to agree on some of the heavier issues, like homosexuality. How can we all be reading the same book and be interpreting it in so many different ways?
*Is there really a hell? I saw this one last night. A pastor in Michigan has written a book based on whether or not there is really a hell. You can read the entire Time article here. Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell was written as an attempt to have us all look at what we have been taught about Heaven, hell, and salvation. To encourage us to re-examine what the bible actually says, in comparison to what has been taught over time. "Rob Bell presents a deeply biblical vision for rediscovering a richer, grander, truer, and more spiritually satisfying way of understanding heaven, hell, God, Jesus, salvation, and repentance. The result is the discovery that the "good news" is much, much better than we ever imagined. Love wins." In the Time article, Gandhi is used as an example. A well respected political and ideological leader in India. He was not a Christian, so he's in hell, right?!
*The traditional church structure is being shaken up. There is a new wave of thinking that it is time to change things up a bit, in order, to reach out to those who might not feel open to attending the traditional Sunday church services. People are looking for different ways to show their spirituality. With, Excuse Me, Is This The Way To Heaven?, I talked about this more. But, there seems to be a definite pull to find new ways to reach out to others and make everyone feel more accepted. I came across this church in Daytona Beach that offers a drive-in church. I guess that if it were a beautiful day and I could sit in my convertible, with the top down, and praise God, then I would do it too. It seems to me that we are doing everything that we can to make having a relationship with God as "convenient" as possible. If this day and age, we are a society of convenience. We have the attitude of wanting everything now. Actually, it's an attitude of wanting it yesterday and we can't believe that we are having to wait for it! That is a whole different can of worms and I'm not going to open it up all the way. Just a crack, for my point today. Can we get to far away from traditions that they seem to become blurred?
For some things, I believe that it is good to question. How do you grow and learn if you do not?
On the flip side of that, can we question to much?
How much does God want us to really know?
At what point, do we start believing that we know enough or understanding more than we need to?
Will we eventually come to the point that we think that we know all that we need to and do not really need God, because we've got it all figured out? If we've reached the top of the mountain, there's only one way to go...DOWN!!