RELIGION VERSUS FAITH
Since the beginning of time, mankind has always had a problem. Man shall not live on bread alone. Humanity was given a consciousness of the world around it,a heart to feel and a brain to rationalize things. This makes man stand out as a particular creation unique unto itself. However this makes it harder for them not to question existence and search for a deeper meaning of life. We have to answer the fundamental question, what is life? Why should life be this way?
Mankind lives in a constant search for validation, for something that gives their lives a meaning. Some find a façade at the bottom of a bottle. Others think they have found it at work. Their work defines them. This is why when you ask someone to describe themselves, they go like ‘ I’m Grace, a Doctor’ when one can easily say “I’m Grace, a fun loving plus size bundle of blessings” that is an option too people.Other people think the true meaning of life is in their family or their group of friends and I would agree except what about you when you are alone? Who will give you meaning?
The majority however, looks towards religion as their meaning of life. As their assurance that in this swiftly spinning world, something remains familiar. Religions are described as an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems and world views that relate humanity as an order of existence. Religions have organized behaviors, clergy and a definition of what constitutes membership. So in simpler words, religion is a special club that dictates what you do and where you hang and they have a you cant chill with us clause that you must follow. How boring. And to think that billions of people in the world willingly walk into this trap.
In India, there are over 100 religions, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, and something called the Lingayat in the south of india. This is merely the tip of the iceberg. The same can be said for the rest of the world, I mean, I cant be the only one who has heard of odd religions across the world, Tibetan snake worshippers, the Nudist colonies in Europe where people worship the deity naked. Egyptian Isis worship which is the foundation for the Illuminati of these days. Yes that too is a religion.I’m for real.
hristianity too has become a religion, but I’m not sure that is what God wanted. This is a controversial belief but bear with me.
Most people here would agree with me if I pointed out that Christianity is the only true religion. But should it be? The Bible actually fought against militant Christianity. The sons of Eli died because they became clergy and things went downhill from there. As a reverend’s child, I need to assure you that leaders are not exactly perfect. In truth there is more politics and drama and controversy in the church than in this Amama-Museveni thing. My dad was a victim of a coup d’etat that would make Amin look like an eight year old playing chokolo.But I digress.
Think back on when you were in love. If you are in love now, help me think about this. Did you have a constitution? A guidebook for what to do when one is in love? No. You let love guide you. Did your boyfriend or girlfriend set guidelines for what to do, what to wear, where to go? Did you have a set time for when you kiss? Go on dates? (How boring would that be?)
When you are in love, you want to be with your loved one all the time. After you say goodnight, you miss them incredibly and cant wait for them to text. Spontaneity is the rule of the day. 8 pm walks in the dust of Bugujju holding hands and laughing with enviable abandon. You trust your “Boo” infinitely. You share all your burdens and joys and familial secrets. They know you better sometimes than your siblings.You wish only the best for them, and you hold all the things they love sacred, Right?
Why shouldn’t Christianity be like that instead of encompassed by the trappings of religion? Why shouldn’t Christians be in a constant love affair with Jesus?
Do you know who killed Jesus? other Christians. Pharisees worshipped the same God. They even followed a lot of the rules Jesus’ followers followed, the Ten Commandments. But they allowed the juice to be squeezed out of their faith and they were left following all the rules but receiving no joy from their relationship with God. They envied this man who came to teach people another way to pray because he was threatening their familiar, he was preaching spontaneity where they had always had a uniform way of doing things.
Christianity requires only three rules.
1. HHope: An expectation of good things to come and the capability of not giving up.
2. Ffaith: a belief in God and in his inherent existence and the truth of his love.
3. Llove: And all these things, love is the most important of all. The basis of being a Christian is to love God and this in turn makes you love human kind: John 13:34. This is our only hope.