Let's Discuss Religion -- Part 1 The Overview

Dare I do this? Why yes I shall!!!!

Religion, little word big meanings.

I was reading the block of walk-my-way, and she had some religious comments and this got me to thinking and thinking and as you might of realized the more I think the more I write. So I am going to take a look at different religions and give my understanding of them. If I am wrong please inform me or if you know more or have a better understanding--PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

I have always had a fascination for religions, but since my son joined the Mormon Church in January, 2005 I have begun researching more. I am doing this mainly to see if I am on the right path--and to be honest I don't think so....so here we go......

I would like to say that there are no bad religions just bad churches. (This says a lot)

First stop on our journey is my religion---Southern Baptist-- Please fasten your seat belts and keep you wallets hidden cause the collection plate will be coming around!!!!!! (lol) man...I just dodge a lightening bolt....lol

I got this from the Southern Baptist Convention web site

"A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. "

First note Two Ordinances of Christ--Baptism and The Lord's Supper.

Second Note- "A New Testament Church"--So this means they prefer the new testament. Why? What's wrong with the old Testament??

another piece from the Southern Baptist Convention website

n the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.

From conception to natural death--what about those on machines to keep them alive, is that considered unnatural life??? and if you turn off the machine is that an unnatural or natural death?? And what about those who died unnaturally??? Do we not speak out for those who were murdered?? I know that we should not judge people and that only God has that right, but how do you decide on how to govern a people??

I bolded the abused. When I was going thro my separation, my ex husband stalked me horribly and even pulled a gun on me. I went to my church for guidance--they pretty much ignored me. So after I learned all I needed to know to get thru the system and get some results, I offered to help those that needed it in abusive situations. Once again they ignored me.

Industry and Government under brotherly love. Now wouldn't that be cool. But it doesn't follow the Declaration of Independance or the Bill of Rights now does it.

I also have issues with all the foreign missions. My church does very little for the people in it's own community. Yet they will raise thousands of dollars to send people over seas to help over there. I mean there are homeless people right here in our county not to mention our country. Why can't we start with them????

At my church we don't partake in the Lords Supper every Sunday as they do in many churches. Lately they have added a drum set to the music which makes it very loud. I am not really for this. We don't sing the traditional hymns in our hymn books, now they flash words on a screen and the music minister sings part of the song first so we know how it goes. Very awkward. Our sermons have not been bible based, but based on things going on in the world and our minister's opinion of them. Sometimes he even throws in a bible verse reference every now and then. This is sad. In Sunday School, my class just finished up a section on other religions. Basically it was a bashing session that I did not partake in. I actually walked out of the second one because they were just being hateful and very UnChristian. So basically--I would say that my church is a a mis-guided church.

I like the Southern Baptist religion. I think that all Christian religions should teach and help you understand the Bible. You should study scriptures and talk about them and how to apply them in your life today. This is what I miss about church, the learning.


Blogger drama mama said...

Ooooo...this is very interesting. What religion is next??

I think that any church that openly bashes other churches is a bad sign.

Another thing I wonder about is, you could probably go to 100 different "Southern Baptist" churches and hear something different from each of them. I think religion is more about God's teachings and less about peoples opinions.

7/01/2005 7:06 PM  
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