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Is Religion A Box?

 

When I was young, going to church wasn't an option. Sunday mornings you got up and went to church. That's just the way it was. It wasn't until I got older that I even contemplated not going to church. I'm very grateful for my mother taking me to church. It has a lot to do with me being who I am today. I learned some wonderful lessons for life.

As I got older I started to think out of the box. I was told to fear following the "wrong" religious denominations because they do not lead to God. I wondered how I could be "lucky" enough to be in the one religion that leads to heaven. I often wondered how those in other religions could be so "unlucky". We hadn't picked a religion in most cases. We followed our parent's footsteps. I was told what I needed to do to go to heaven. I was told to let the Bible be my guide. One day I wondered about those who have never seen the Bible. I wondered about those who didn't give their heart to Jesus Christ. What about primitive cultures that weren't exposed to the Bible and the salvation of Jesus? Was that their fault? Did they all burn in hell for eternity? What would a God of love get out of that?

Some have used religion as a tactic to keep others in a state of fear. Those in power used religion to get the masses to do what they are told and not question why. As a result, many people look at religion one way only. They are fearful to think out of the box. They believe, follow and ask no questions. They do not allow new ideas or theories about religion or spirituality to enter their mind for a second. After all, who wants to burn in hell for eternity? This creates the box.

I stepped out of the box never to return. I am a spiritual being. The Bible has changed lives too numerous to count. It is a wonderful tool for life. I'm all for whatever works. However, I thank God for the day I realized my salvation has nothing to do with which church or religion I am affiliated with. My salvation and guidance comes from within. There is an unlimited amount of peace and understanding when we enter a meditative state of stillness from within. I have everything I need. No outside direction of any kind is necessary. My life is a product of my own awareness. It is my creation. It emerges out of stillness. Those familiar with the writings of Eckhart Tolle know of stillness. It's the origin of life itself. It has no shape or form but all shapes and forms come from it. Psalms 46:10 starts with these words: "Be still and know that I am God". The Bible spoke of stillness ages ago. The Bible and religion can and has helped so many. But, who has courage to explore even more? Who has courage enough to think out of the box?

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Timfaraos (131 posts)
 
3 years ago (2015-01-24)
JESUS sent the apostles to all the world... And wherever they went they built church communities and ordained bishops and priests! That's how the greek orthodox christian church was born, from the deciples of the apostles. And in 2000 years it hasn't changed what it believes- unlike the catholic church that has continuously through history changed its doctrines and beliefs... So don't demonise the church! Like new agers do!...They are lost in a mayhem of unsafe and dangerous practices, which are FORBIDDEN by God, like: channeling and contacting unknown spirits, and spirits of the dead, tarot cards, ouija board, fortune telling, casting spells e.t.c. I think they are in a much smaller and depressing box than christians, who are protected and guided by God and His magnificent Holy Angels, where demons fear to tread! A housewife and mother who lives in a 'box', is happier and freeer, than a prostitute that thinks she is 'free' by not living in a 'box'!...Do you understand? God bless! Timfaraos [at] gmail.com
Maddam_M (guest)
+1
7 years ago (2011-02-08)
Religion is the means of controlling the spirtual side of our life set up by men. It can be abused just like any other system but there is good in it, it's just hard to see because there are to many decievers and manipulators wandering around us and the message the simple message gets lost and then everyone blames religion instead of the actual man who has placed this "box" in your life. Humans in a sense are the box and we'll always be this "box" because we don't have a full understanding of our potential. There's so much more to be understood and I believe implenting some rules properly help focus on such potential. How can you wander around with no controls and effectively achieve your potential? I think maybe your way might be more comfortable for you but how do you know that its 100 percent more effective?
BeLikeChrist (1 stories) (2 posts)
 
7 years ago (2011-02-02)
I have been "in the box" of organized religion at one period of my life. I relate a lot to what you are saying in your awakening. I just try to be a good person. I just try to be like Christ - as he's portrayed in the new testament - especially how he helped the less fortunate and spent time with those who may have been marginalized by society.
opticalbrown (2 posts)
 
7 years ago (2011-01-18)
I thought about your comment "Iwanttohelp". And, I think you're right. Maybe religion is used by some to perpetuate the box.
Rashidah (guest)
 
7 years ago (2011-01-18)
IwanttoHelp (32 posts)
 
7 years ago (2011-01-17)
Could it be that the box was created by people? It was God that gave us free will in the beginning.

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