Your Faith, Your Terms

If someone tells you that your faith isn’t strong enough because it doesn’t fit into their view of what faith should be then tell them you are working out your relationship with God/Higher Power in a way that makes sense to you. Religion and spirituality are deeply personal. Remember some folks are not religious but that doesn’t make them bad people. Love one another, be good neighbors. 

Why I’m Over Being Faith-Shamed By Other Christians | john pavlovitz

I am over being shamed by other Christians for my views on the things happening in the world and for pushing hard against the bigotry and hatred I see in America. Really over it. Maybe you know wha…

Source: Why I’m Over Being Faith-Shamed By Other Christians | john pavlovitz

I am a left leaning Christian who believes with my heart and mind. My faith tradition is one of inclusion, inspiration and involvement in not only the parish but the planet.

Something About Matters Of Faith

Faith is a highly personal thing. No two people have the same take on religious issues. That is the case with me. I find myself being wary of people who use a ton of scripture in every part of their written and verbal communications. Don’t get me wrong, I am a believer in God and I am a follower of Jesus but I would rather my actions speak for me than what is written in The Bible.

I don’t follow the Good Book, I tend to follow the one who inspired it. Scripture is intended to point to God (no matter your faith) but I don’t think it should be used to do harm to others and that happens a lot. I believe in a progressive revelation of who God is and that faith and community in the 21st century is different from that of the era that we read about in the Holy Books of faith that many use.

I think God is doing things now and being more inclusive than many want to admit. Perhaps we should looking at faith and love through the experiences of people in the here and now. Don’t get me wrong, I still am a fan of the Gospels, Psalms and some of what the Apostle Paul wrote. Yeah some folks would have issue with me picking and choosing what I adhere to in the Bible but you know what, God still loves me and all those who are on the fringes who some would keep out of Heaven through highly rigid, highly legalistic and highly fundamentalist interpretations of whatever scripture their faith system holds to. From my perspective there is no fun in fundamentalism. It just doesn’t work for the vast majority of people who see God as loving, caring and comforting.

We all have free will and through that we are going to find our own path through life and the freedom to say yes or no to a divine being. Good for those who make their own choices. Many good people come from a place where they aren’t believers but should be given the same respect as those who have signed on to Team God.

Yeah, everyone is working out their deal with God through a lot of questioning, trembling and perhaps a little fear. I am of the persuasion that there will be a lot of people in the afterlife we will be surprised to see…so I guess we need to treat those folks better while we are still living. There are too many people who might have said yes to God without going through some of the rituals…you just never know.

(I am using God from my Episcopalian/Anglican/Christian perspective… God can be interpreted as something different to those from other cultures and places in the world.)

 

Rambling About Food

In the food world terms like organic, free range, farm to table, locally sourced and the like are buzz words that seem to be what many people want these days. Then there are others who struggle to put food on their tables and they have to get it where they can at a price they can afford. So many people in the world go hungry and do what they have to do to put food on their table.

This morning at church my Sunday school/small group were talking about that today after watching a video that discussed about how in many areas there are two food communities where you have people who have it and those who struggle. In many places of faith they offer a food pantry to those who are in need. Some people are limited to what they can have because of how much they make. Before you share your faith some folks need to have basic needs taken care of and food is one of them.

Food is a spiritual thing. In the Christian faith bread and wine are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Spiritual food does much to keep us sustained through the times of famine and struggle. Communion is about connecting with Jesus and others.

Many other faith traditions embrace food as a way to bring people together. It’s something that they use to observe their faith. For example the Seder at Passover and eating after fasting during Ramadan. Wine is also used to bring couples together during wedding ceremonies. Food is important to begin the building of community at a potluck dinner.

The key thing about food is that everyone needs it to sustain their lives. It’s also a spiritual connection to one’s higher power and to others in your faith tradition. No one should ever go hungry and the creator made not only us but the food to keep us alive, kicking and praying.

Rambling About Religion

Religion for many has become all about sin instead of doing something different like bringing people together who have different lives and ideas. Religion can be used to promote community and change instead of tearing our world apart. I think developing relationships with one’s higher power and other people of faith can also be a good thing for the world.

I am a unapologetic believer in that faith should rooted in the reality of today and that people should have have an abundance of love, grace, peace. People should have the freedom to be who they are and secure in the knowledge that God created them to be who they are. I also think that God’s story is still being written in the here and now.

If someone tells you that your faith isn’t strong enough because it doesn’t fit into their view of what faith should be then tell them you are working out your relationship with God/Higher Power in a way that makes sense to you. Each person is to work out their relationship with fear and trembling.

The way you treat others and relate to the world informs everyone about your relationship with and understanding of your higher power…Tony Burgess

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We need to know how to do this, we are all in this life together.

A Word About My Faith World View

I am a follower of Jesus, a believer and I really hope that I represent my faith tradition in a good way. It is important to me to share my faith without tearing down the faith of other people. To me God is presented and worshiped in very diverse ways using different rituals and customs. The key thing here is to love one another and to do for others as they would do for you. If we are all doing that then we are all good. Having a higher power is important because we need to be connected to something greater than us. While at the same time those who are not believers should not be demonized.

The way you treat others and relate to the world informs everyone about your relationship with and understanding of your higher power