Don’t you love how each of your children have such different personalities, even though they all come from the same two parents? It’s really quite a phenomenon. If anyone knows me and my brother, you couldn’t get two children that are any more different. My two children aren’t quite as black and white as me and my brother, but they are definitely different, and I love their individual differences.
Differences can be good and bad. For me and my brother, our differences definitely separate us somewhat. I’m all sports through and through, and he is not a fan of sports. He is in to hunting and fishing (I know some crazy people call these sports, but I don’t agree), and his entire wardrobe is camo. There is nothing that hurts my eyes more than camo! I despise it, and I almost instantly judge people that wear it. I know it is wrong, but that is what the mixture of green and beige shades do to my brain. My brother was obsessed with camo, before camo was popular. I guess he was ahead of his time, or else our time is just regressing to his state of mind. Either or, it is just something that really repulses me.
It is much the same with religions. We all have different religions and beliefs. We all have our preferences. I hear multiple people expressing to me their reasons that they don’t agree with religions. I think their opinions are definitely valid opinions and their reasons are just. Sadly, if you know the history of the church, and all the misfortunate things that happen within different religions, you can understand why society is pushing away. Just like the feeling I get when I see camo—yuck!
That is why it is important that we take time and read the bible for ourselves. Many years ago, the literacy rate was so low, only the priests could read so they had to teach their interpretation of the word to us. Now-a-days nobody needs a priest, minister, or pastor to translate the word or meaning for us. We are all very, very intelligent people that are fully capable of reading the word and taking out of it, what we feel is speaking to us.
With technology today, there are great online bible studies that people of all race and religions can join for free in their venture to become a better person. We are fortunate even to have Apps right on our phone that we can access at any time, or even read blogs like mine all day, any day if you want. Sure, churches are great to have a community of believers supporting and encouraging you, but I truly feel that we all should read the Bible and take out of it what talks to your heart, not the heart of someone else dictating to you what they think you should do.
Again, it brings us to our individual differences. Just like my brother and I, we are all different and every religion is different, but the Bible is the word of God. Reading it for yourself and it will touch you the way it is meant to touch you. If you took multiple people and let them read the same passage, everyone will interpret them differently. Does that make it wrong? Absolutely not! Is wearing camo wrong, nope—hard on people’s eyes by times, but not wrong. Would Stacey and Clinton of TLC’s “What Not to Wear” say it was wrong? In a sure fired second! That is their opinion though, and I’m sure my Red Neck Brother would have a rebuttal that even Stacey and Clinton couldn’t argue—or that he wouldn’t listen to.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” is written in 2 Timothy 3:16, and it is true! God will breathe into your heart what he wants you to take out of his word!
Please start taking time and spend it reading the Bible, and you just might realize that you can form your own opinion on certain areas of great debate in society today. You don’t have to have your church’s view on everything, you can form your own view, using that very intelligent mind that God gave you. Try it out and see where it takes you. You’ll never know until you try!