Part 4 -Rooted in Religion
Who am I? Who are you? Who are we? Why am I here? Why are you here? Why are we here? Why I am here today and gone tomorrow? Have we asked that question why we are here today and gone tomorrow?
It seems to be a mind asking its own and yet expecting an answer from a different source. It s a legitimate question of a confused mind and for those who lack an imagination may not even come to this point of asking our existence and just let life runs its course.
Life is full of pain and suffering; struggle to make the ends meet; worries, fear, and anxiety make life longer and feel like a journey without end; and yet it is too short when life comes easy.
If we were not born, who is going to ask those questions? One thing for sure someone will, but if we do not exist would we be able to know it? When we are enjoying our youth, we do not even think about the consequences of getting old.
Many of us, especially young people do not tend to care about the future. They just enjoy their youth and let the parents do their responsibility to provide food, clothing, and shelter. In return we just have to follow the house rules and life will be easy and living in harmony with parents is a piece of cake.
When we reach our adulthood, we are introduced to new people, make friends, new environment and new lifestyle and sometimes we feel that we do not need our parents on our back and want to be independent. When those wishes come into fulfillment, then we realized that half of what we’re doing may not even enough to satisfy what we really want.
Meeting somebody to be a part of our life is surely an enjoyable segment of our life until the relationship becomes serious and decides to settle and get married with plans of having children. Having a family is a big responsibility and sometimes you have to sacrifice your time, hobby, which of course includes rearing your children.
Our parents reared us the best way they can, gave us the best life they think we must have. Maybe not all parents, but some parents started to teach us how to pray, taught us about God who is available in times of need, that we should fear God without further explanation; that we should attend the mass every Sunday; that God is a jealous God and again without any further explanation.
These were shoved into our minds because those were not explained to them either by their leaders and their knowledge is so limited compared to what we access now.
Imagine if our forefathers knew exactly what doctrinal views they passed to us, maybe we are better and different persons today. In that case, we would have learned the teaching of the word of God rightly divided which is pure and unblemished.
In the earlier times, because of the doctrine of fear of not going to heaven, people donated lands to the church, gave up their savings and everything else they see was worth to trade as a pass to go to heaven, but these things are not biblical at all.
As Paul said that “Love does no wrong to a neighbor” and lying is a sin against God how can these leaders of the church do such things if they believe in God’s law?
If we only receive the teachings of the true interpretations of the word of God, we will be more exposed in developing our close relationship with God than being faithful to a religion that sells indulgences, land grabbed our forefather’s lands, abuse the kids and the worse was they bore children which is out of the context of what they are preaching.
God’s commandments apply to every human being to obey and to serve Him with all their hearts and souls. The issue arises when the day comes and received the truth, there’s a feeling of fear to leave the old teachings, a force holding to go forward and the mind of not giving up to the new teachings for many reasons; could be lack of statue, in and out service, no tithes and no commitments and ultimately; it is hard to be uprooted when you are not a seeker of the truth.
It is the mind that decides not the heart.
The Bible is very clear that no one can serve two masters; either you will hate the one and love the other. The Bible also mentioned that love of money is the root of all evil. This is proven time and time again and these are the worldly people, materialistic, and who are more focused to gain wealth than to gain the love of God.
For the leaders who do not care; maybe they know something that we do not know. If these people do not believe in hell which is the reason why they are enjoying life under the pretense of sin, for sure that is not the eternal happiness that heaven provides.
We must devote ourselves to one true God and no one else besides Him.
This is better than live under the influence of temporary happiness offered by the world which is evil in nature. Love God with understanding and wisdom will come to play with power and authority better than any form of offerings and sacrifices. Loving God humbly with all our heart and soul is more than enough to make Him delighted. The more closely we are drawn to God, the more we discover who we are. Our true identity becomes well pronounced and established.
Who we are in human eyes is less important than who we are in God’s eyes?
If we are rooted to a belief that is passed on to us from our parents which they inherited to their parents it will be a struggle to uproot it, but, if we follow our heart’s desire for the truth and not the dictate of our mind that stored fear; then, we may find ourselves who we are and start feeling the freedom from the bondage of fear.
We can proclaim ourselves fearless soldier of the true word of God. Religion cannot give us the key to heaven but the defender of faith does.