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Faith Is A Relationship – Not A Building


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Amidst the increasing turmoil in the world, politically, spiritually, culturally and scientifically; one stands out from the others in an amazing way.  Our spiritual well-being (read: faith) is the singular aspect of our life that we completely and unequivocally determine, ourselves.

Faith, you see, is created and lives inside each of us, if we allow it there.  Free Will, the gift God gave us, empowers us to choose for ourselves, what we believe, how we think, how we act, and ultimately, how we live… Forever.

Growing up as a Catholic, I was taught that “Church” was a holy place and a place of

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worship.  That is still true today, however, my view of Church has matured to realize that in the entirety of religion and faith, Church is funadamentally, a place.  In my truth of the world, Prayer is very important, however, I believe one can pray anywhere.

We are doing ourselves a great disservice by creating an imaginary boundary by thinking we are only allowed to pray, to exercise our faith, to grow as Spiritual Beings of God, in a particular place.

“The reality is that prayer can be exercised ANYWHERE, and all that is required is that your mind is properly prepared, that your mindset is pure, humble and in reverence to the Holiness of God.  And when you begin to pray, place is inconsequential, immaterial and irrelevant.  What IS essential, is the the intent in your heart, the authenticity of your thoughts, and the determination to follow-through on your conversation with God.”

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To a large degree, all organized religions have their own self-induced boundaries, limitations, rules and expectations for followers to behaviorally exhibit as requirements to “belong”.  While reverence and tradition are certainly important, they are, specific to each religion, intended to control your thoughts and behavior, and fundamentally, keep you coming back, in a survival type of mentality.

With no disrespect intended, I find that demoralizing, overbearing and unnecessary.  To clarify, I proclaim myself a Christian, rather than a Catholic.  As evidenced in the world today, Satan has wormed his way into Catholicism, the Papal Office and yes, even the Church, i.e., the Holy Place of Worship.

As a Christian, I am a Christ-follower.  I rely on the Free Will, the intent of my Heart and the Goodness in my Soul, to direct my faith, including when and where I pray.  My foundation is the Bible, not a physical place, but rather, a Supernatural Space.

Indeed, time will tell for each of us…  God Bless and Be Well.  Pray, because your eternal life depends upon it.

Certainly worth the wait….

 

Just What is Christianity?


Sailing_SunsetSearching for answers is rarely easy and the most frequent mistake people make is looking outward and focusing on the external environment.  To really get to the bottom of meaningful questions and problems, the Secret is to look within yourself, your core values and your relationships.

 

  • Forget Webster’s, for words are but vehicles
  • Forget Funk and Wagnalls, for it is but an interpretation
  • Forget Google, Yahoo and Bing, for they exist only on a screen

Instead, step back and away from the world, eliminate all distractions, and examine yourprayer heart.  Call it intent, purpose, commitment or conscience, the answer to every question we have in our life resides in our heart.

And the reason that is true is because there is no one else like you.  You were created as a result of the sheer Will of God.  Many people confuse biological birth with the true meaning of life.  Indeed, we focus on the mechanics of things and largely ignore the why, the role, the significance, and the vision.

Compassion_2Christianity is very much the same.  We are inundated with rules, protocol, history and obligation, yet the essence of Christianity is being aware of, and consciously deciding, what is in our heart.  Christianity is a feeling.

Indeed, Religion vs Christianity is much like the difference between the Reference Manual for an airplane as opposed to actually flying it in the air!  The Word of God is a Living, Breathing, Conscious Way of Life, not a book, a building or a regularly scheduled worship.  And that’s How I’ll Always Be…

“Church is a moment and expression of reflection, prayer, repentance, forgiveness; a belief in and a feeling of love in your heart…. THAT; is Church.  Just as God’s existence is not bounded by space, time or matter; our ability to communicate, worship and express our love for and with Him is likewise limitless and without confine.”

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