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Lexilogio

Religion

Is your religion a complex web of rules or regulations, or are there some simple tenets which cover everything? What are the essential components - and what are the cultural aspects which you like - but are not necessary?
Leonard James

Re: Religion

Lexilogio wrote:
Is your religion a complex web of rules or regulations, or are there some simple tenets which cover everything? What are the essential components - and what are the cultural aspects which you like - but are not necessary?


Blimey, Lexi ... 86 reads and no replies! It would seem that all the Christians have forsaken us!
cyberman

Re: Religion

Lexilogio wrote:
Is your religion a complex web of rules or regulations  


You see, that's loaded language to start off with, which may be why people have avoided answering so far. Catholicism does have a lot of 'rules', but that isn't really the right word.

Lexilogio wrote:
or are there some simple tenets which cover everything?


Whaddya mean "or". And are there some simple tenets which cover everything? Yes. There is a complex web of regulations, AND there are some simple tenets which cover everything. Again, heavily loaded language.

Lexilogio wrote:
What are the essential components -


More or less the Nicene creed, and the Eucharist.

Lexilogio wrote:
what are the cultural aspects which you like - but are not necessary?


Almost all of the peripherals - church buildings, statues, stained glass, even things like the daily offices and meat free Fridays. I do them because they work for me, not because I think they're necessary.
Derek

Re: Religion

Lexilogio wrote:
Is your religion a complex web of rules or regulations, or are there some simple tenets which cover everything? What are the essential components - and what are the cultural aspects which you like - but are not necessary?


Well, I never answered straight away as I had to think about it and what it means to me. I guess that my first question would have to be, what is religion?. For me it seems to have two functions. One, is for like minded people to gain strength from each other for a couple of hours a week, and the other is, to break bread in remembrance of Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that he took upon himself for the likes of a sinner such as I. I spent 25 years attending church every week just to listen to people telling me what I already know. Quoting scriptures that I have already read a dozen times or more. Watching people smiling and being ever so nice to each other and then cursing the driver that pulls out in front of him on his way home. Hypocrites, I guess. I watched people aspiring to position within the church only to practice unrighteous dominion when they get it. One young man actually said to me, when he was called to serve on the Bishopric, "That is it. I have made it" Some times I could go through church on a Sunday without hearing the name of the Saviour mentioned once. I think I am a little disillusioned with religion.

What I can see positivity in is Christianity. I am a Christian. I live a Christ centred live from the moment I rise to the instant that I retire again. I strive to keep the principles and precepts that are contained in the scriptures every day of my life. I the try to encourage and teach my fellow man to do the same, if I can, but primarily it is my responsibility to try and gain entry into the kingdom of my God. I do it by example rather then by bible bashing. A religion cannot do that for me. Nobody and Nothing can do that for me. I am the only one in control of that. I cannot give what I have to you or anybody else. If you ask me I can, and will, tell you how I got it but then it is down to you to get it yourself. No matter how many people congregate in the name of Christ on a Sunday none of them can whisper to your soul testifying of the truthfulness of the existence of our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, other then the Holy Ghost. Unless one knosw his telephone number then what chances do they have in ever catching him at home. I can give you the number but you have to pick up the phone and dial it.

Probably not what you want to hear because it almost trivializes the role of any religious organisation that we have. The responsibility lies with the individual to live a life that emulates that of the Saviour. If that is not what you want then nobody should force it on you. Nobody will be there when you stand before God on that great and dreadful day of judgment when the book of life will be opened. Out of that book will come the truth and when you stand before God the truth is all that you can tell. You will judge yourself. If you did not listen to the enticing of the spirit of God then the words "Yes, But, I was going to, I did not have time" will be nowhere to be found.

So, yes, it can help to have someone reach down and offer you a hand to get up that mountain called faith but the first step has to be yours and you have to maintain it for as long as you can, whilst offering your hand down to others, because once YOU lose grip you will fall. And great will be that fall. The onus is ours and we will be judged for our time in mortality. No one else, us.

So, do we needs bricks and mortar to worship our God. No, I don't think so. Do we need an organisation in which men tell us what to do and what not to do when all we need do is read the scriptures ourselves to find out the will of God. Once again, I don't think so. The scriptures were made for the simplest of mind to read and understand. Do we need to have someone break bread for us. No, we can do that and at the same time contemplate what Jesus did for us. So we are left with empty building across the land. Well, no. For those who need it their doors must remain open. For those who need that strength from like minded people those edifices need to remain an integral part of our society. For me they are unnecessary, at the moment.
Truster

Re: Religion

Lexilogio wrote:
Is your religion a complex web of rules or regulations, or are there some simple tenets which cover everything? What are the essential components - and what are the cultural aspects which you like - but are not necessary?


That's a good description of this site.

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