Before we start, I just want to clear things up and cut to the chase, man (huehue Joe Solomon). it doesn’t matter whether you’re religious or not, as long as you love and seek Jesus with all your heart, you will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13) In the end, God won’t ask you if you’re Catholic, Born again, Protestants, or whatever, no. Most probably He’d ask, do you love me? do you love my children? have you done your best to remain in faith and in my love?
I pray that anyone whoever reads this will see God in a new light and draw closer to Him more and more. And that they, the reader, would forgive me if I have made any mistakes writing this (don’t be afraid to correct me). Okay, NOW we shall start!
I found this answer in Yahoo! and thought that it explained the Christian religion really well:
I think He wants us to follow Him as He calls us. Observe that there are Protestants who become Catholic, Catholics who become Orthodox, Orthodox who become Protestant, Orthodox who become Catholic, Catholics who become Protestant and Protestants who become Orthodox. Within these number are people who change churches out of sincere belief that this is the better place for them to follow the Lord…
This is basically it. We will always continue to think that, whatever religion we may be in, that our belief is always the correct one. But honestly, it doesn’t really matter because JESUS is the only way, the only truth, and the only life, not our religion.
Do you ever wonder why Jesus speak in parables? I mean, if He wanted to save more people, then why not speak in a way that they would understand? Well, don’t you think that Jesus wants someone who desires and actually seeks Him with all his heart? What’s the point of “saving” people when they will eventually fade away because they never really sought the Son of Man wholeheartedly? What’s “salvation” when people turn to God simply out of fear of eternal judgement?
Its easy for people to agree with God with no real intention of actually obeying Him wholeheartedly.
(Matthew 13:17) For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
Parables– compel listeners to discover truth while concealing the truth from those too lazy or too stubborn to see it.
If you’re self righteous and all that, then whats the point of forgiveness and seeking Christ, hmm? I’ll tell you what, you’re not righteous because of your doings. If it were because of that, then we’ll never be made righteous. Good news though! JESUS made a way, and we are made righteous through Him 🙂 I wanted to explain the purpose of parables because I also wanted to elaborate that Jesus cares more about your ‘relationship status’ with Him than how many times you go to church, pray, follow the golden rules, or do good deeds, you name it! Dont get me wrong, these are all wonderful things and I bet that God would be glorified by your doings, but if you have no love or desire to know God, then all these things you’ve done are of no worth.
God is a God of people, not rules.
Don’t be too caught up in trying to do what’s right that it eventually pulls you away from Christ. God is just and holy, yes! but He is also loving and compassionate. If you love God, then you will obey Him. You obey Him because you love Him and your love is a response to His unconditional love for you. You do not get saved because of your good deeds. This is also the same for your parents, if you love them, you’ll honor them.
All this being said, I guess its safe to say that, God doesnt really care how religious you are… do you love Him? Now that’s the real question.
I could never forget how quick it was for the man, who was crucified next to Jesus, to go to heaven with Him. Jesus knew what was in his heart and immediately forgave the man of his sins despite his many wrongdoings.
I tell you the truth, it is easier to be saved than to be lost. Luke 23:32-43 is evidence!
Which also proves that as long as you live, it is never too late to begin again. Awesome right? So to sum it all up, Jesus doesn’t care about religion because He cares more about YOU!
1 Samuel 16:7 …The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
Guys, God loves you, okay? No matter what you’ve done in the past or whatever… He will always love you. Its never too late to commit your life to Him, because He is ready to welcome you with arms wide open. Doesnt matter if you’re the “religious type” or not, He loves you. And He really really wants you to love Him back. I pray that you do. Dont worry about what other people say. We’re meant to be different 🙂 different is good… And dont think life’s going to be easier, because its not. But I assure you that God will be with you through it all. Plus, what’s church for without your spiritual family to be there for you? 🙂
God bless you, lovelies ❤ you are forgiven. You are loved. – Mary
PS. I have no idea how to write bibliographies or credits down, but I’ve got some help from my Life Application Bible. Just so you know 😉