Sadly, much of what we call “RELIGION” today (or even a “RELATIONSHIP with God”) is driven by FEAR. And fear has been used to control the masses.
There is so much religious dogma being used to keep people ignorant and fearful. That being the case, many religious folks end up not thinking for themselves. Or, at other times, valid questions are suppressed by the religious authorities.
There are 2 things that mainly drive people: LOVE and FEAR
Questions to think about:
Why do you believe in God?
Why do you do good to others?
Are you afraid of God?
Would you believe in God if there were no hell or punishment?
The way one answers these questions will reveal what really drives the person’s beliefs.
Listen as Joshua shares the problems of Fear-Driven Religion and how we need to rediscover the God of love.
Yes, the perfect love of God casts out fear. Indeed, the foundation of all teachings about God is that God is Love, and there is no fear in Love. Any teaching that presents God as otherwise is not the gospel or good news.
As regards the common misconception about the “fear of the Lord” in the book of Proverbs, what began in fear needs not end in fear – as people mature in their knowledge of God, fear fades away and love presides over fear. Love is the pinnacle of knowing God, not fear.
Someone may quote the Bible to say that “God is a consuming fire”. I see it as a metaphor: we are consumed by the love of God that burns away all man-made ideas about God that are based on the illusion of separation and all the religious works and efforts to earn acceptance.
We are healed and made whole by the love of God, as Jesus demonstrated in healing all who were oppressed by religion and set us free from condemnation so that we enjoy peace and joy, knowing the kingdom of God is within us.
“After studying history, philosophy, science and most importantly my own heart, I have concluded that organized religion is a man-made machine, serving the emotions and needs of a society. It is neither right nor wrong, but simply personal opinions strung together and presented as truth. Today, I find organized religion stifles my growth as a human being, and my happiness overall, so I have chosen to remove it from my daily existence.”
- Thoughts on “A better atonement: the last scapegoat” (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- Progressive thoughts on why Jesus died on the cross and whether God is retributive or restorative (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- “So much of religion seems to be about fear” (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- Exploring perspectives on why Jesus became the perfect scapegoat (themysteryofchrist.wordpress.com)
- Real Interviews With Good People Who Left Religion (jamilaspeaks.com)
- religion can ruin your life (hebendsdown.wordpress.com)