I want to talk about a subject that i’m currently thinking about right now and i wanted to write it down before i lose my drive haha. But before i move on, i just want to tell you all that i hope everything is going well with your lives and i am SO sure that God is blessing you in countless ways :]
So now, let’s begin. I wanted to talk about religion. Yeah, i know, it seems like most of my posts are about how flawed religion is but i can’t help but share how much giving up religion has helped me with my walk with Christ. The main reason i actually wanted to talk about this subject is because i had this thought: Doing Hail Mary’s, reciting rehearsed prayers, memorizing liturgies, or whatever else you do in religion, will not make God love you more than anyone else but the amazing thing about God is that He won’t love you any less if you give them up. It says in 1 Samuel 15:22
“But Samuel replied: ‘Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.’”
No where in the bible says that we are required more than to love others as ourselves, make disciples, and obey the Lord’s commands (by this i mean God the Father’s commands in the old testament and Jesus’ commands in the new testament). I know what you’re thinking, “Justin, how can we possibly follow the things God said in the old testament AND what Jesus said? They’re like completely different,” great question. Obviously we are already disregarding a lot of God’s old commandments. We shave our faces even when the bible says that we’re not even supposed to trim the edges of our beards, we plant different plants in the same farm, some of us even get tattoos, and the bible explicitly says that those are things we are not to do. Jesus actually came not to rule over us with the law but He came to give us a new perspective on the law. Heck, He made it even harder for us to follow it; but it was all for this point: to show us that it is impossible for us to fulfill the law and be completely perfect. It is only through Jesus’ shed blood that we are made perfect. Through Him, we are washed clean for every single thing that we fail God with every single day. Romans 5:20-21 says,
“The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Guys, we can never be perfect on our own power; it is literally impossible for us to be perfect or even begin to try to become perfect. There is only one true way that we are made perfect and it has already been done over two thousand years ago; it was when Jesus died in our stead. He took that part from us just so that we have the choice to live in paradise. We don’t have to do all these extra things that churches forces us to do that aren’t even in the bible.
In conclusion, religion is just a chase after the wind. The toil that you do in trying to earn your way into heaven is in vain. The price has already been pain in the blood of Jesus and there is nothing more you can do besides accepting Him as your Lord and Saviour. Following God’s commands should be because you love Him and not because the church said that God will love you more because of it. Doing more work doesn’t make you any better than anyone, it says so in Ecclesiastes. God loves us all equally.
I really hope that this can help anyone somehow that is struggling in their walk with God. Giving up religion has helped me have an amazing relationship with God. Religion is a man made institution and i am now following God’s commands instead of man. I am freer and my love for God grows and never becomes dull :] I pray that you doing the same will produce the same things.
God bless you all :]