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Hi all! I am Rusty and live in Cape Town. I am Christian in that I understand Jesus' teachings and live accordingly, but when I see what religions have made of them I have many reservations. Maybe you can help me here.....

 

For instance, His teachings on our dependence on materialism - Render unto Caesar, the loaves and fish, his instruction to Zebedee, the moneylenders at the Temple and most significantly the camel passing through the eye of a needle. These are all well-known but it seems to me that they are ignored. I'll tell you why I get that impression. There is no denying that Christ's teachings have been the root of our spiritual lives over the last two thousand years and that even though that spiritual guardian, religion, was at our side we have become the world Jesus spoke against. It would seem that the churches do not take this message to heart. The Vatican especially with all its pomp and glory and rich treasures.

 

As Jesus spoke out so often on that theme, I would think that this message is of particular significance. It is as if saw the world we would, and did, create with the concept of money. Money is not 'of God', it is man's invention and as we were going astray under its influence - making wars, dividing people into haves and have-nots. Creating an oppressive cynicism that led to the exploitation of have-nots to labour for those who have, Jesus felt an urgent need to speak out. Through the ages Christian officialdom has negated it. Today it is more urgent than ever.

 

This is a conundrum that prevents me from casting my lot in with religions, there is much more, but this will do for now. Am I wrong? Have I missed something?

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Welcome to Worthy. 

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Welcome Rusty; I think you've hit the nail on the head!

God bless you :)

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Welcome to Worthy! 

 

Do you attend a church, or do you classify all church attendance as 'religious"?

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Hi Fez, No I do not 'attend church' in the sense that you mean. I do go out into God's creation, Nature, and connect with Him in the same way you would an artist through his paintings and a musician through the music. In Nature, God's own work, I find peace amidst the diversity of resounding Life. I have been to churches, Sunday Schools, and mingled in many congregations and only seldom found a divine influence as overwhelming as in Nature.

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Hi Rusty, just because one attends church, doesn't mean one is attending a religion.  Jesus is not a religion, He is God.  If we believe in Him then we have faith in the truth, not just mere religion.  I know what you mean about nature, but we do need to fellowship with fellow believers - people who are still not yet perfect.  But praise God that He is, and that He is transforming us into His image; and He wants us to be together in unity, not just with Him but with one another also.

 

If you read the letters to the Corinthians in the Bible, and throughout the New Testament, you will find a lot about how Christ views His church.  We are His body, His vessel and His Bride.  This is foreshadowed in the Old Testament by Israel, our 'big brother' in that Israel is called God's first-born...

 

I pray that you find people you can fellowship with under the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Blessings :)

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Hi, Rusty. Welcome to worthy

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Hi Fez, No I do not 'attend church' in the sense that you mean. I do go out into God's creation, Nature, and connect with Him in the same way you would an artist through his paintings and a musician through the music. In Nature, God's own work, I find peace amidst the diversity of resounding Life. I have been to churches, Sunday Schools, and mingled in many congregations and only seldom found a divine influence as overwhelming as in Nature.

 

Who is Jesus to you ?

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Welcome to Worthy!!

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