I’m NO fan of mathematics, it’s almost like a reflex that, when my ears hear numbers my brain just switches off … it goes to its happy place. You can speak numbers to me all you like, I promise I won’t hear a thing. I don’t even know how to work out formulas on a calculator! However, there’s one simple sum that i do understand. The simplest sum of all …
I grew up in a Christian home, so i was never taught any other way, and have never experience any other practises, so i’m no expert in religion. What i do know though, is that in various religious practises there seems to be a list of exercises, disciplines or habits or traditions that take you to a ‘higher state of being’, allow you a right of passage, or elevate you to status, like ‘guru’ etc.
Some of these disciplines include meditation, a certain number of prayers, the ability to recite the bible and so on.
It seems that people use many different resources to achieve the ‘next level’. All these things add up.
Longer meditation + good karma + spiritual cleansing + channeling energy from precious stones, etc = the desired state of being/consciousness.
This many prayers + reciting this scripture + not eating this food + wearing this and not that = cleanliness and holiness.
This many hail Mary’s + this special prayer + this pendant of the saints + plus this holy water = protection, forgiveness and salvation.
These practises and disciplines are what we refer to as ‘religion’ or ‘spirituality’.
Now let me just be clear about one thing – just because I don’t agree with any of the above mentioned practises, doesn’t mean that I won’t respect or love the person who practises them. What i do battle with though, is that fact that there are many people who claim to be Christians, but still practise disciplines and traditions of religions. I have a huge problem with that, and here’s why:
relating to or professing Christianity or its teachings.“the Christian Church”noun
a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Christianity.“a born-again Christian”
Professing that you are a Christian, means that you BELIEVE in Christ, and the true teaching of the Holy Bible.
Believing in Christ means that you believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God who died on the cross in order to separate us from our sin, so that we can be in relationship with God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity) and that you believe He rose from death, and is seated at the right hand of God in Heaven. He is the only way to salvation, the way, the truth and the light.
Christians believe in a risen Christ. We believe in grace and forgiveness of sin. We believe in a helper, the Holy Spirit who dwells within US, not in a special place or building and only at certain times. We believe that ANYONE who turns to Christ will receive eternal life and will be seen as holy and righteous, pure and clean, and forgiven. Protected, favoured and blessed. Believing and LIVING THIS, is what makes you a Christian, not the fact that there’s no other box to tick.
So my question is:
Why do people who claim to be Christians – assuming that they believe all that’s listed above – also then believe in superstition? They carry special pendants for ‘luck’ or ‘protection’. They do a little extra to make sure they’re forgiven or favoured or going to heaven? They get ‘help’ from psychics, palm readers, or ‘spiritual guides’. They read horoscopes or pray to angels or ancestors that have passed on. The list goes on and on!
If you are adding any of these things to your Christianity, there is a GIGANTIC part of Jesus Christ that you should get to know.
Here’s a link to a wonderful website that i use (and free app) called ‘Got Questions?’ which lists and explains all the names of God and their meanings:
Know what you what you believe, and get to know the God that you claim to believe in, and live Him! Live Him with every single part of yourself! Dedicate yourself to living out this Jesus whose name you use in your prayers, and you’ll VERY soon discover that you need NOTHING more. It’s that simple!
Jesus + NOTHING = everything you need.