Motivation Monday: Religion Does Not Equal Jesus

Image result for quotes about thinking for yourself   Happy Motivation Monday, y'all.
   I have a message on my heart that might be a little controversial and y'all might not agree with me. That's okay. We all have a right to think differently without conflict.
 
Something that's been eating at my heart is religion. When people ask you what religion are you, what do you say? Well, I know a lot of you will either answer Christian or Catholic.
 
   I have a different answer for myself. Sure, technically, I'd be called a Christian. And there's nothing wrong with that title. My problem is the people who say they're Christian, go to church religiously, but don't act how the Bible says we should act. They're two-faced. They act like Christians at church, putting on a facade for the church family, then once they're not in church, they drop the act. No one should be two-faced.
 
   If someone were to ask me what religion I am, I would say I'm a believer in the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. I'm a believer in what the Bible says.

   No, we aren't perfect. We aren't going to get it right all the time. We will fall from perfection because we just aren't perfect. We're human and we're sinners.

   I've met so many "Christians" who give me dirty looks because I don't fit the description of what they think a Christian should be. Imagine if I wasn't a believer and I had come to the church to find peace. It wouldn't have been found there.

   Churches these days seem to lack a welcoming spirit. No, I haven't been to many churches, but it's something you see by observing people. So many troubled people may try to go to a church and find peace, but when they're welcomed with judgement, they won't come back.

   I guess what I'm trying to say is church doesn't equal Heaven. Heaven equals someone who believes in the Bible, that Jesus is our Savior, and did their best to be the best version of themselves.

   I'm not saying all the people who go to church all the time are like this, but I've met quite a few.

   God said He will judge us. Christians were called to be kind and welcoming to everyone.
   Key word: Welcoming. That doesn't mean you agree with their lifestyle. Love the sinner, hate the sin. At least, that's what Jesus taught.

Image result for quotes about thinking for yourself   Of course, there are people I don't agree with. I don't agree with their lifestyles and opinions. But I don't wish any ill will. I just go about my way and they go about theirs.

   I know this was kind of long and ramble-y. I just felt like I needed to say this. Bottom line: Jesus does not equal religion. A relationship with Him is what's important, not going to church day in and day out.

   Now you may ask how was this motivating? Well, like I said before, motivation may not be some cheesy quotes that encourage you. Motivation can be something that makes you think. That's what I wanted to do today. Of course, I'll be doing the encouraging posts as well. But I'm a big advocate for people making up their own opinions without outside help. I'm a big believer in getting people to think. So hopefully I've accomplished that today.

   God bless y'all. 😁

   Seeing as I know some of y'all might not agree with me, I encourage you to talk to me in the comments below, but please keep the comments nice. We can have healthy debate. I totally respect your opinion and would like that you respect mine. 

21 comments:

  1. Good post. Our pastor actually did a sermon about this issue not long ago, and you and him both had almost all of the same points. :)

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    1. Glad you liked it. I was actually worried some people might not because of how I talked about church. But, this was something I felt God put on my heart and I was going to talk about it no matter what. It's still early, so someone might not like it, but I'm glad you did.
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  2. This is relatable to me right now. I agree with you, people can be so judgmental and "pharisee" like that the whole meaning of His Love gets lost. I personally think it springs from fear, people are like "Yikes, blasphemy" (very paraphrased haha) but that fear causes them to snap like a clamshell and hurt people in their way while they HONESTLY believe they are just doing the right thing. But the Bible says that in perfect love is NO fear. We need to have discernment but discernment does NOT equal fear.

    And I totally agree that religion does not equal Jesus. In fact I am against the practice of calling Christianity a religion. Religion implies choice and preferences but that's not what being His follower means. It's living the journey of life by following Him, and despite all our clumsiness to keep getting up and following Him, it's not about us it's about HIM. We must diminish and He must increase.

    Whoa did I ramble on! Sorry XD

    <3 Thank you for this post, sometimes its uncomfortable to speak out on these things Ivie and open up your thoughts. God Bless you for doing that <3

    Love,

    Anna - www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! I know what you mean. I don't like calling Christianity a religion, either, but that's what its considered. I guess that's probably why I don't like that label. But I'm proud of my faith. I won't back down from it.

      It can be very uncomfortable to speak out, but I know God was telling me I needed to. I felt this message in my heart and began to write it out.

      I don't mind the rambling. I love long comments!
      God bless you, too.
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  3. I love this! I super enjoy posts that make me think :)

    I definitely agree with this! Sometimes people just slap on the title "Christian" or "Catholic" and say that's enough. And yes, if we believe, we are saved, but that doesn't mean we're so much better than anyone else. We are sinners. Christians are sinners who want to be saved, not perfectly righteous people who judge others and shouldn't be judged themselves. In the end, God will judge us, and it's what in our hearts that counts.

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    audrey caylin

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    1. Exactly! Thank you for commenting. I was super worried that no one would like this, but I wasn't going to back down from my beliefs. I'm so glad you like it. We the next generation and it's our responsibility to be the love and light Jesus wanted us to be.
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  4. AMEN, IVIE!!! <3 *thumbs up*

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    1. Thank you :) I'm glad you liked it.
      <3

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    2. You're welcome!!! <3
      I haven't been commenting as often (or long) because I haven't been on my computer very much. We've been SUPER busy at home, so..... yeah. X|

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    3. That's okay. I've been getting tired of the internet as well, so no worries. I don't mind shorter comments, either. I like any comment. It's a very busy time of year right now with school ending.
      God bless you!
      <3

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  5. Christianity isn't a religion. It's a relationship. A relationship with Jesus Christ. I'v been thinking so much lately about when people say "I'm glad being a Christian makes you happy, but it's not for me". Now, having said that, Christianity is for everybody. It doesn't matter what race you are, what language you speak, or what family you come from, it's always for you no matter what. We can choose to ignore it, or we can choose to accept it. *I'm about to be brutal on your minds* Hell was intended for Satan and his demons and the antichrist, but we fall into satan's temptations and ignore God. Thus, we send ourselves to hell. That doesn't mean that God's happy with our final destiny, in fact, he's utterly heartbroken because he wants us so badly. So here's the question. This gets me in line every time. *shudder*
    If you were to die this very second, right where you are, where would you go? I accepted Christ, so I know exactly where I'm going to go, no doubt about it. Now, if you ignore God, you're sending yourself to a place I promise you don't want to go. I promise you, you most definitely do not. If you heard stories.....
    Anyway, going to Church will not save you. Jesus is the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the father except through him. So, again, Church won't save you. Your relationship with Jesus Christ will save you. He's the only way. Christianity is NOT a religion of something or label yourself as, it's a relationship that will not only give us a destiny beyond compare (painless, joyful, luxurious destiny *a destiny; kind of like a reunion*) , but it will give us a father and a friend that will never let us go. A friend that will never reject us or throw us to the side once our lives get complicated and worldly. He will always be waiting for us to come home, but we've got to follow him. Not Church. (Don't get me wrong; Church is a great place to encourage us and praise God as the body of Christ.)
    Great post Ivie! <3
    God bless you all. <3

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    1. Wow, thank you. I didn't think anyone would like this. I'm extremely happy about this. You said it well.
      The other problem is the Christians who make the faith seem mean. Like the ones who tell people their going to hell. Guiding someone to the right path is one thing, but pretty much condemning them is the opposite of helping.
      What you said is true: We have to ask ourselves that question when we realize we're out of line.
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    2. You're very welcome. :) I know there are people at my Church who would be so mad right now. *cringe* But, the truth needs to be preached. Oh, Friend, you preached it. :) I like rambles.
      Thank you! I hate it when people go an say: "Hey, you're going to hell you filthy sinner". I mean, think people. Are you being a good example of what it's like to have God in your life or showing how Christians should act? Will they see a spoiled brat out of me, or a God loving example. Now, we all aren't perfect and say things we don't mean, but then forgiveness and grace comes in the picture. That's what will rock their world, and ours for that matter. I mean, WWJD?
      I've asked myself so many times *sigh* <3 And it's always the same answer: "crickets...crickets..."
      We all need to take a look at ourselves an ask that question sometime or another. <3

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    3. You're absolutely right. I know a lot of people who would be mad as well. But to me, you don't need church to have Jesus. Church compliments your faith. Jesus completes it.
      God bless.
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    4. Amen to that! <3
      This is like...totally off topic, but I just finished yet another short story and I feel so accomplished. Half of it's so happy, but the other half is so...sad. I felt like God was telling me to write about the subject. It's about finally destinies and how your choices affect that. Ohhhhhhh. *sigh* I'm glad the sad part is done. I'm putting the happy part last so I can end it on a good note (so my readers won't hat me forever. Lol)

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    5. That's awesome! Don't worry about getting off topic. I do that all the time. I'm sure the story is awesome. We can't have happy without sad, unfortunately. But you end it on a happy note and that's good.
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    6. Thanks. *smiles sheepishly* Well, thank you very much! I try my best. <3 Sadly, you're right. I mean, out of God's death came life. He died, and that was such a sad thing, but then he rose again. That's happy and sad for ya! :)
      I mean, I'm still not sure if I should put the sad part last because this is how it ends. (I want the readers to be thinking after they're done) "Accept me now...before it's too late". What do you think? <3

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    7. I think sometimes, the sad part might have to come last. Other times it doesn't. I think it depends on the emotion you want to leave the readers/audience feeling. Do you want them to be shocked or startled, or do you want them to come to a conclusion themselves?
      Either way, I'm sure it will affect many people no matter how you end it. You're doing the work God has destined you to do and He'll make a way for you to bring more people to Him.
      God bless you!
      <3

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    8. I guess I want them to get kind of scared and worried about their destiny, but then find relief when they hear that they've got a second chance. I guess I want to show them the difference of accepting God and refusing him, and then showing them the end product of both. I know I definitely want them to be startled.

      Thanks, I hope people will really think about what I have to say and not ignore what I've written just because it's Christian. I know God'll make a way for me to get out there and really share his love. I'm doing this for his glory, not mine. It's all in his plan.
      Thanks! God bless you as well. <3

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  6. Hello,
    Some very good points you have here!
    I find it encouraging when people point back to the importance of a relationship with Christ first and foremost.
    I've been running into other messages along the same thread lately. It's challenging, and beautiful.

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    1. I'm sorry, I didn't see your comment until now. I'm glad you liked this post. The relationship with Christ is important, most important in my opinion.

      God bless you!

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