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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Since we're all on that Peace and Faith ish...


Lemme make a post that outlines my personal article of faith. God knows its long overdue, people have been demanding that I come open on what my religious views really are. Somehow, they can't reconcile my philosophies with my claims of being a practicing Christian. Which is what I am anyway. I believe in God the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. I do. (4give me in advance if this post reads like a sermon.)
The Christianity that we question, that we can't reconcile with that part of us that believes in a higher truth is the Christianity that the world has fashioned unto itself. This is not what Christ left behind. Its not condemnation, and judgment and rules of behavior and fire and brimstone. All these things have their place, but men have given it the wrong place in the scheme of things. It is not what my faith hinges on.I am as much a questioner and rationalist as the next person. But in my heart of hearts, there is always peace. And that peace comes from my daily walk trying to understand the mind of Christ. To feel the power he felt, to see as he saw and live the life he lived. I cant always hold on to that place, but once in a while, momentarily I have held it in my consciousness. And that is the only reason I am a christian, because beyond church, beyond pastor said, beyond dogma and even the Bible, I have felt the true life of Christ. And believe me when I say that if you feel that even ONCE, everything about this world makes sense. The first thing I realised is that NO ONE can ever get it right, because none of us have the capacity to. So looking for that one man, that one sage who is actually living life as it should be is futile. Its not going to happen. Even the Bible is imperfect, it is God's mind expressed through human hands and tainted with human imperfection. Didn't the Israelites have scriptures all their lives and yet when Christ explained it they couldnt understand? When Christ left, he said I will send my spirit who will guide you into all truth. He didnt say the Bible will guide us into truth, or that anyone should even write the New testament. so quit listening to people say NT is better than Old, and ish. All of them make One scripture and all of them are imperfect. Only God's spirit can guide u into all truth. And I remember when I was full of inner turmoil, trying to reconcile the questions with the answers the Bible gave. And i found that scripture that said ..I will send my spirit who will guide u into all truth. He will explain my words that I have spoken and you will know the truth and it will set you free. Funny, but I prayed constantly for that spirit until I felt it in me. And I laugh when I realise, I have been at peace since then. I still question of course, because God made me that way. but I never have lost inner peace. For instance, many people cannot figure out why a loving God will condemn his own creation to eternal death while saving only a few. I wondered the same thing. Do you know the truth I was guided to? It was another question: if u were a musical composer, and you have made several different notes that you are hoping to assemble into one harmonious piece, what would you do to the errant notes? Humanity is one great harmonious piece that God composed for himself. His OWN enjoyment. No matter how much those musical notes may not like it, if they dont blend, they will get cut out of the piece. In our own self-centered thoughts, it may not be fair that we will suffer a fate like that. But the musicians doesnt compose notes to please those notes themselves. It is ultimately for his pleasure. And the Bible keeps saying this, that the earth and all creation were made for His pleasure. Its not about us.
I may have made sense, or I may not have. My religious views will fill a million bibles if i went on. Because you can never explain it all. Church can never explain it all. The Bible, or the Korna (which I also own), or any other holy book out there can never explain it all. Our understanding can never grasp it all. Only God can. And only Christ has felt the fullness of the mind of God. All the rest of us can do is hope that we stay connected to Christ like branches to trunk and accept the real peace he brings. If you want of course. Its always a choice.
So now no one can send me comments about how I refuse to come clear on my own religious views. I trust I was clear enough.

14 comments:

Realist said...

i feel what you are saying and i think i understand it, but i am not at a stage where i am at peace with my questions. Part of me refuses to let go of the thinking that a christian should not ask as much questions as i do. Part of me feels that having the "God" philosophy as a background or dominant theory to all my questions kinda limits my search for the truth. As of now i dont think i can personally achieve the truth and peace the way i have been pursuing it. So i just rather achieve peace and hopefully truth follows...lol Maybe that is what you did or maybe not.

Azazel said...

Question:
I feel u on what u said about christ, he was a great man.
Now lets get to the crux of the debate, do you believe that Christ is the only way to salvation? the ONLY WAY??

El-Divine said...

Yes.

Myne Whitman said...

Hmm..interesting. I like how you know where you stand.

Azazel said...

Ok then lol so u are not as rationale as u think lol.

El-Divine said...

@myne, thanks.
@azazel, enlighten me then mr. rational. if there is one truth and one God, does it make sense that every religion is right in their claims? does it make sense that several disparate claims can all be true?
If there is ONE truth, doesnt it make better sense that there is only One way to it. No matter how many roads lead to a house, only ONE will ultimately lead to its entrance.
If u disagree, then like i said, enlighten us.

El-Divine said...

@Realist, everyone has to find his own path to what he seeks. For me, the truth brought peace and it hasnt stopped me from questioning. Your mind and heart may require a whole new approach. And I bliv you will find it in time.

kitkat said...

ok so i'm a fan of realists and deep thinkers.. but dnt get ahead of urself, dnt be too smart 4 ur own good.
religion is based largely on faith.. dnt question God's word, the bible.
i respect ur opinion though.. but i'm not gonna be fake and agree with u so i can look like some smart-ass. but hey, atleast u got me interested in ur blog :)

Nutty J. said...

El-Divine speaks!!!

BRAVO!!! you are right on mark...and I admire that you didnt need to sound defensive.

It is what it is...ONE TRUTH,ONE WAY...ONE GOD.

Best post i've read in recent times.

Well Done

El Divine said...

@kitkat, thanks 4 d veiled compliment lol. i appreciate u not standing for somn ur not convinced about, as my post merely outlines MY convinctions.

@Nutty J, thanks much. You're very right.

El Divine said...

@kitkat, btw, I dont question the Bible in the sense u mean. All Im trying to say is, it doesn't make perfect sense of itself, because it was never meant to. Only with the light that comes from the Spirit of God gives us full understanding, and even that takes a long time of searching.
so its not meant to be a stand alone guide, its supposed to go hand in glove with the Spirit of truth. thanks again.

Anonymous said...

very interesting thoughts...
o btw, pls abeg try use some paragraphs abeg lol

Vanity said...

I really wanted to read this post. Really did. But there are no paragraphs and I feel out of breath.

Mystery said...

I totally agree with El-Divine. This is a reminder. I need to write my own posts soon. Good job, man.