Thursday, October 29, 2009

Christian Religious Aggression





Passion, inspiration and insight are usually the factors that lead me to write, or in other words, the reasons to pour my heart out. And so I write!

Christian Religious Aggression; Yeah, I added aggression because people are fighting for something that is built around religion and not relationship. We no longer fight for love or for each other, we fight for control and coercion to which we believe is the will of God. It is to keep this religion alive, that is the goal. Is that where we get our will to fight? We will do what we can to gather more religious nuts to the pile, in order to fight. Because we are afraid, afraid of what will happen if we don’t fight for it or add to the pile! And yet, doesn’t this way of living contradict the reason for calling oneself a Christian in the first place? A people who call themselves Christ-like, but act the opposite of Christ. Our determination is birthed out of fear. Our weapon has become violent aggression to which we fight for something that is dead in the first place, man-made religion.

My friend Kent said this recently in a post on facebook;

“The added baggage to the only foundation leaves us with a distortion that is difficult to break free from and the civil religion exploits fear to the point that many never ever question it because they are constantly warned not to.”

So we are trapped, and instead of questioning our own aggressiveness, we fall fervently in-line to fight! Yet, the theme that I sense is most noticeable through it all is violence and evil just to win the battle under the name of God. This to me seems very dangerous and I even question if God is behind this aggressive Christian religion at all! So many, including myself were born into this religion and were fed it from the day we were born. We didn’t know any better, but do we? Have we ever come to a place where we have questioned, even if it was a very small question, we wondered if Christianity was really God? I tend to think that Christianity itself has become a god. A religion that craves for popularity and success and that is driven by aggression to become the best. Even if it means we have to go to war and spread blood and violence. We will do what it takes to win, to be the best, and to make sure the world knows who we are. I no longer see God in this picture. It has become about the human man, a popularity contest, than Christ himself. It’s dangerous, and it’s evil!

The simple message of Jesus has been lost in the religious spin…

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

In The Christian religion, it seems that this hardly applies.

12 comments:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I don't know what to add. It seems like you have said it all. I work worldwide, and, in contradiction to what some Christians at home believe, we have much in common with the Muslims, Jews, and other worshippers of God. I don't think God cares what religion we are, just that we love each other and Him.

Barbara said...

I am in total agreement with Elizabeth. I do not believe that Christ planned for people to do the things that they have done in his name. I am sure he, if he gets sad, is sad to see what is done in the name of Christ. Barbara

Nicole said...

Thanks for both of your comments! It almost seems that many just have it backwards and really don't see God for who He really is! Sad but true in many cases!

I loved to hear your feedback on this! :)

Daveda said...

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Being Loved By Him, With You,
Daveda

Manuela said...

agreed! and hello, how are you?! It's been a while! I'm not online much at all lately but I was glad to stop by. Email me if you can...
prayers and love

Anonymous said...

Nicole,

You being a professing believer in the Lord Jesus Christ has prompted me to ask, "What is your response to the comment by Elizabeth Mahlou - especially with regard to her statement that 'we have much in common with the Muslims, Jews, and other worshippers of God. I don't think God cares what religion we are, just that we love each other and Him'"?

I do know for a fact that the Lord Jesus Christ said very plainly and emphatically that "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes unto the Father, but by me."(John 14:6) Peter in Acts 4:12 very emphatically and plainly stated under the inerrant inspiration of the Holy Spirit, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

Seeing this is your site I would very much like to know how you stand with regard to this matter seeing that one's belief in this area can make the difference between eternal life and eternal damnation (separation from God).

I am not writing this in any way to impune Elizabeth's character or as a personal attack on her, but rather of great concern for her.

As a professing Christian your view and stand on this matter may be of great help to those whose intention to serve the only True and Living God is sincere, but as to how to do that needs to be understood as plainly delineated in God's inerrant and forever settled in Heaven Word.

Thanks Nicole for sharing your thoughts with us on this very crucial matter. I very much look forward to what you have to say.

Merry Christmas!

Nicole said...

Anonymous!

Thanks for coming by...

Let me first start out by saying that I do not have it all figured out, but I do have an opinion about what you were acquiring after...

I think she is referring to the religion, Christianity. And I agree with her statement! Christianity, to me, is very similar to other labeled religions. They may not all be identical, but you can certainly find similar aspects in all religions that she stated including Christianity...

For instance, most all religions have a leader in their church, synagogue or meeting place, second, they all have rules and regulations, which are proclaimed to lead people to righteousness. But, in many cases only profits the ones who are the leaders... There is a pattern here that I see that is most common in many religions, that to me only says one thing; That organized Christian religion looks the same as all the rest, but with the True God behind it. That is, if one can actually find a real relationship with Him in the chaos.

One thing that I think about often is, Christianity as a religion, is the core problem. These man made rules and regulations only separate those from God. And in many cases only leave people high and dry... Meaning, they are left empty, with these laws and man made rules to fulfill...

The way I see it, one that professes to be a Muslim vs. a Christian there are many differences, however, The thing that I am most concerned about is putting a label on having a relationship with Christ himself. Christianity to me only means those who are Christ-like, and people who fall under this category, you seem to understand very well. I however, would love to be known not as a Christian but as a person who is in a relationship with Christ outside of the label. Christianity has a bad rap, and I personally believe that the label has denounced who He is and is only looked upon from 'unbelievers' as a people who are judgmental, hypocritical, and selfish. I tend to agree with the unbeliever in this sense. I am generalizing of course, but Christianity has become something more than just about Christ.

Religion is religion...

Hope this satisfies your inquiry!

In Freedom, Nicole!

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