Saturday, February 23, 2019
My Personal Experience with Religion
I dedicate considered myself a religious person for most of my life. I was saved at disco biscuit years old, plainly I own been in church since I was two years old. I know that numerous people rate that pietism and Christianity are not the same(p), just I am unity of those few people who do entrust that religion is important to. I think that you cannot commit one without the other. They are both vital to the unearthly makeup of a person.If it had not been for my acquireance of Christ and the Holy tonicity that dwells in me, I dont know what would spend a penny happened to me. I definitely would not be the person that I am today. I read always prayed about e precisething. I intrust that divinity is my uncanny father, and unspoiled like I talk with my biological father and chat with him every(prenominal)day, I talk with my heavenly about everything.I believe that it is very gravely to talk freely with a stranger. Before you open up and bare your soul to person, in that respect is an established kind. It is the same with beau ideal. It is extremely hard to take everything to him if a person does not know him. I cannot believe a term when I pose not had a relationship with him.It has made a huge difference in my life to be able to talk to him about everything. I have in reality had some prayers answered. There is no way that I could memorialise all told(prenominal) of them since they have happened every day of my life. Therefore, my spiritualism has grown and changed oer conviction. When I was more younger, I saw God as one who had to be obeyed, but I have now grown to the point where I actually do have a relationship with him. I utilize to difficulty so much about how I would handle everything in my life. directly I know that it is all in Gods hands. I have learned that I have to completely trust him, and that all of my plans and worrying is not going to help. It sounds on paper like I have just given up, but nothing can be further from the truth. I have actually gotten stronger, and the time I used to spend on worrying, I now spend on lecture to God.I do think that my religion has helped to strengthen my relationship with God. It is with my religion that I have a church family of people who I can depend upon for my strength. It is a wonderful sense of well being when I know that I have a whole server of people behind me that love and care about me because of our common beliefs finished and through delivery boy Christ. I as well as believe that a religion is easier to image when you are a violate of it because you have access to others to teach you. I have always had mentors and ministers to help me in my reckoning of the faith that I have chosen.They not only tell me what they believe about it, but they have encouraged me to seek the scriptures to perplex my answers, and since they are more go through than I am, they can steer me in the right direction to find those scriptures. The faith t hat I am associated with encourages its members to seek answers from the scripture. It is not encouraged to accept something just because a person tells us that is the way that it is. I have many an(prenominal) friends from other faiths, and it is nearly impossible for them to overcome the stereotypes that they have hear about my religion. I find that I have the same trouble when it comes to theirs as well.As I stated earlier, my religion encourages its members to try our beliefs with what the scriptures says. Because of that I do think that I can tolerate objective. I have learned that when I challenge something that someone of my faith says is right or wrong, I can go to the scriptures and if it is not at that place, I can contain to omit the opinion. In fact I believe that everyone has challenged at to the lowest degree one thing that their religion upholds. I think that is only military personnel and it is perfectly natural.If one cannot be objective and at least try to both sides of a religious topic, then the person must facial expression closely at whether he/she is brainwashed. Questioning and objectivity is a right(a) thing. One cannot grow and accept other if he/she does not remain objective. The only thing that cannot be changed what the Bible says about an issue.My life has been a full one and it has been steeped in religion. I have enjoyed it immensely. I am proud of the way that I have grown in my religion and my faith. I would have to say that my religious experience has been a exclusively positive experience. work CitedWarren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Life. 2003. Nashville Zonderman Press.The Sacred riteThere have been many numinous rituals that I have participated in during the course of my life. The one that I enjoy the most and that has had the most encounter on me is communion. It is something that started with the night of Jesus arrest in the lead his crucifixion. I believe that the ritual is so beautiful and meaningful that I involve emotional every time I take it.When I was a unretentive child, I could not understand why all of the adults got to eat and throw from those cute cups and I could not have it. Therefore, I suppose I hated the ritual at first. I especially couldnt understand how my own mother, who share everything with her children, could eat and drink in front of us and not even give us a taste. I remember that her attempts at explaining it to us were feeble at best, so I would get angry every communion. I cannot help but get a little tickled even today when I hear the small children at my church when communion is served. Most of them are questioning their parents and grandparents and I automatically go back to my youth in my mind and remember all of my frustrations.Once I was saved and was able to take communion, I was just so glad that I was one of the big people, that I until now did not realize the significance of what I was doing. It was not until I was in my late teens that I r ealized what it was really all about. At my church, a sermon on communion is always preached. It might seem clamant to some, but like a favorite bedtime story, or favorite movie, it is a joy to revisit the seen of the last supper. I love the part where Jesus explains to the disciples what each part of the ritual means, and I enjoy what the Apostle Paul explains that it is not just a fellowship supper, but a meaningful striking between Jesus and the Christian people.I find it refreshing during the part where all of the Christians in the church take time to reflect on the sins in their lives. sometimes it is painful when they are remembered, but after I have asked free pardon, I step as fresh as a newborn baby. I am ready to start over. There is similarly a time to ask forgiveness of others that we might have wronged. This is also a special time. I love it when I am reunited with someone that I have been at odds with.Then there is the sacred time of sharing the bread and the cup with our Lord Jesus. The bread is the emblem of the body of Christ. When we break it to eat it, it symbolizes what cruelties were done to his body. I was not in Jerusalem the day of the crucifixion, but by taking part in communion I can be. He died as much for me as he did the ones living at the time. Therefore, when I break the bread, I am actually symbolizing that I did break his body so that he could die for my sins. Then I drink from the cup that is supposed to catch up with the blood of Christ. Without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sin. When I drink from the cup, I symbolize that his blood was spilled, and only through the spilling of the Saviors blood could I be saved.When I meditate these things, I get chilled just knowing what Jesus has done for me and every other person. He did not have to, but he willingly went to the cross for us. Communion is one of the ways that I get to be reminded of the tremendous gift that Christ gave to all mankind. Works CitedThe Holy Bible. index James Version. New York Thomas Nelson Press. My UnderstandingSince I have taken this class, I have had a little better understanding of nuisance in the world. I say a little because I have thought about this so much that my feelings on the matter have progressed over a long period of time.I feel that there are many reasons that God allows evil to exist in the world. I believe that man has a great deal to do with it. Yes, God is all powerful, but he allows us to live with the mess that we have made. I will use the example of the horrible Hurricane Katrina. There were many good people who lost everything that they had and many even lost their lives. The same can be said of those who had not lived good lives. There were babies who died, many elderly, and many in the prime of their lives.Some might question why God would allow this to happen. Instead they should question man. It was man who built so many houses and cleared so many forest and wetlands that the water had no where to go. It was man who built underneath Lake Pontchartrain, and it was man who did not do becoming upkeep on the levies. It could be argued that man helped create the hurricane itself with his utter disregard to the environment which is leading to global warming. It is man who has to live with the decisions he and others before him have made. God designed the earth to be perfect. It was man who messed things up and brought sin into the earth. If he had stopped man, then he would have taken away personal choice.My ability to understand what is right and wrong has changed over the years. First I accepted what my parents told me was right and wrong. When I became a teen, I judged what was right and wrong with what I wanted to do and think. Now I search the scriptures. I read the Bible as much as I can, and I have a pretty good feel for the obvious things that are right and wrong. I will argue an opinion, but when it comes to the Word of God, I feel that if it is in the Bible, then that is the way that it is.I pray about situations that I have a difficult time determining what is right and wrong, and God never fails to send me a sign. Sometimes it is not the one that I wanted, but he still delivers. I also rely on what many people call a conscious, but I feel is the Holy Spirit. I believe if I listen to the still small voice within me, then it is unremarkably more right than what society tells me is right and wrong.Socrates question Is something right because God commands it or does he command it because it is right? I feel that there are times that people think too much and this is an example. language are powerful and they can also have the power to humiliate us. I feel that God only commands what is right and he is powerful therefore he is right. If he is the creator of all things, and I believe that he is, then he created right and wrong. At the same time he commands things to be right because he determined it. God is right.Works Ci tedStearns, Bill. Fine Lines Knowing Gods Right/Wrongs for Your Life. San Bernardino HeresLife Publishers. 1987.