I know religion is not the most popular topic to talk about. I stay away from politics for the most part and keep my opinions to myself, but as far as religion, lately I have been feeling a calling, well more like since about a year ago. I will have to tell that story in a separate post some time soon but for now I want to share with you guys something that is just very thought provoking. You can find it here in its entirety and here is an excerpt:
Do you know what it is that you believe? And do you know why you believe that? Is it because you were raised that way by your family? Did you hear it from someone or read about it in a book or magazine? Is what you believe the TRUTH? Have you read it in the Bible? How do you KNOW?
Getting back to the basics isn’t always easy. It takes a desire to study, and learn and ask questions. It means prayer, reading the Bible, talking with your Pastor and church members, and making a personal investment in knowing and understanding God’s plan for your life.
What do you do to get back to the basics of your faith? …..
The question is asked, what do you do to get back to the basics of your faith? and my answer is somewhat complicated.
First we need to define who I am. I grew up Catholic, and even though I respect that religion I consider myself more a Christian now than a Catholic. During my teens I attended an Evangelical church, where I felt closer to God than I had ever felt before. That church was not the best, but I do have many good memories. I left that church and have been in the quest for a new church ever since. When I first moved to Michigan I thought that I have found a church but I did not commit to it, now I am hoping I can find one soon.
Now back to the original question, what do I do to get back to the basics… first I determine where I stand. Right now I am more spiritual than religious that is for sure. But I do have a fire burning inside me to become more religious. Second I think it is important to get into a bible study, or at least on my own to start studying the bible. Last and not least is to find a church, and not just any church, but a church where I can grow and really feel comfortable. Those are my goals as far as religions go.
Now, to make reference to the beginning of the article that was written, I think those are all good questions and here are my answers to them.
Do you know what it is that you believe? I believe in God, in Jesus and the trinity. I believe the Jesus existed as a man and that he died in the cross for us to then resurrect.
And do you know why you believe that? Is it because you were raised that way by your family? Did you hear it from someone or read about it in a book or magazine? Is what you believe the TRUTH? Have you read it in the Bible? How do you KNOW?
Yes the Bible has a lot to do with it, and also my family and those around me, but I believe the most because of my own faith, and just the wonder that this world is. Every time I look at the sky and I see the sun shinning through the clouds I think of God.
That said, I am the kind of person that does not like to push his beliefs on others, but if you want to get closer to God I would be the first one to try and help. I believe that you can only be helped when you want to be helped… this is true for every situation in life and your relationship with God is no different.