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Christianity is A Daily Lifestyle!
Religion: How It Helps or Impairs Mental Stability?
Life is a cavernously deep expeditious journey. It is a complex menagerie of diverse emotions, feelings, thoughts, interactions, relationships and occurrences! How long or short will each of us be here no one really knows! As we grow we encounter a multiplicity of experiences that cause us to look deeper into what life is really all about. Each day is a new opportunity to discover something new no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential. As we grow it becomes evident that there is so much more to life than meets the eye! We embark upon a remarkable quest of discovery; but where does or will it all lead? We discover that we are also spiritual beings…
How do we get to know God?
The spiritual journey leads us to the realization of our Creator. God the Father the Great “I AM.” The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is what we as adherent believers believe! ( I realize that not everyone believes the same.) As we begin to relate to the Lord properly He will free us more and more from the things that misrepresent Him. As we grow spiritually our spiritual eyes are opened and we become more conscious of why we do what we do! Our conscience becomes much more sensitive to the things that are contrary to His Will and His Way. Our desire should be to live to please Him as we grow spiritually. Growing in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ is an ongoing continuing life process. The Canonical Gospels which we know as the WORD contains a wealth of the history and origins of mankind. This is why it is so important to spend time in HIS WORD! Here we are able to ascertain the invaluable, priceless and precious TRUTH!
Through a plethora of life lessons we grow. We all have areas in which we are lacking. It is within our deficiencies we can discover a need for something greater than ourselves for survival. How do we cope with life, living and the anxieties that come along with it! As we become aware the discovery of a supernatural existence greater than ourselves and the ongoing need for spiritual growth and balance becomes apparent. It is a continual learning process.
God did not create us to be or become robots. Each of us is uniquely different with varying temperaments! He has given us the free will to choose… The world also offers many choices as well. It’s important to know the difference and then choose wisely. There are both good and bad consequences for our choices. Sin is what separates us from God! God is the Creator and Maker of mankind an ultimately knows what is best for us. It is our choice to draw closer to Him or look to the world and society for direction. The ways of God and the ways of the world often conflict here lays the inner conflict…
God sent us His only begotten Son; JESUS CHRIST to redeem us from the curse of sin! Sin separates us from GOD! Jesus came as an innocent babe wrapped in sinless flesh. He overcame sin in the flesh. He went through all the stages of life, yet He never sinned. He was crucified, died and was buried and then He arose with ALL POWER! He came to point us back into the right direction that once again unites us to our Creator. The Narrow Path is the Way that leads to Him. Jesus was the Door back to the Father. Jesus is the only perfect example. Living for the Lord is meant to be a way of living daily. No one knows when but the LORD is going to return for HIS CHURCH!
GOD NEVER INTENDED FOR RELIGION TO BE A CRUTCH! Why is there so much confusion about religion? What is religion?
Religion consists of cultural views, beliefs and various systems worldwide. Religion in itself is not bad but for many it means different things. It takes on many forms depending on the particular culture. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism are considered the four major religions. There are thousands of religions throughout the world. Within those religions are varied and diverse practices and an assortment of ritual. What, whom, why and how we choose to worship is where the problem lies. What we believe varies… Again KEEP in mind; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life was crucified and then buried, yet He arose victoriously from the grave with ALL POWER over death, sin and the grave even after He was brutally crucified! No one else can claim this... We must become aware of the mixture of misconceptions in order to know what true godly religion really is according to the Word of God.
This is what Wikipedia has to say about religion:
“The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system, but religion differs from private belief in that it has a public aspect. Some religions have organized behaviors, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, congregations of laity, regular meetings or services for the purposes of veneration of a deity or for prayer, holy places (either natural or architectural), and/or scriptures. The practice of a religion may also include sermons, commemoration of the activities of a god or gods, sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trance, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. However, there are examples of religions for which some or many of these aspects of structure, belief, or practices are absent.”
Technically by the worlds standard you can elect to worship just about anything. For some religion is just a commitment to an organized institutionalized system of beliefs and doctrines. The beliefs vary and often adapts and changes as the world changes…
Christianity & Religion
Christianity goes beyond just being a religion. It is also the main focus within the context of this narrative! Religion is an essential important fundamental aspect of Christianity. Let’s take a look at The WORD of GOD’S definition for true religion! “If any one considers him religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that GOD our FATHER accepts as PURE and FAUTLESS is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to KEEP oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1. These verses are quite self explanatory.
Christianity is a way of living, it is meant to be a daily lifestyle! Being a Christian simply means to follow Jesus Christ and His teachings! Jesus is the promised Messiah. We who are called believers, through FAITH believe the Bible to be the intrinsic infallible Word of God! Christianity is monotheistic. We believe in one GOD. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are ONE. We are supposed to actually apply the principles of God’s Word to our daily lives. It is the barometer by which we determine right and wrong. Yes! It was divinely inspired by dedicated followers of God! As mentioned earlier the aspects of pure religion are explained in the Book of James! For many religion is about conforming to the beliefs of the masses without really personally taking the time to know what is actually in the Bible. Sometimes often embracing the traditions, doctrines and beliefs of a denomination over the Word of God!
GOD’S WORD IS ALIVE! It can sometimes be so simple we miss the intended message. The closer you or I draw to GOD the more we can increasingly understand the simplicity and powerfulness of HIS Word! His Holy Spirit further opens our spiritual eyes and illuminates His Word so we can better comprehend the intended message. His Holy Spirit is the eternal inner Teacher and spiritual interpreter that reside within us as believers! To lead us to ALL TRUTH! Listen closely to what Jesus said! “I have much more to say to you, more than you can hear now bear. But when He the Spirit of TRUTH, comes He will guide you to ALL TRUTH. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what he hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is mine and making it made known to you. ALL that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the SPIRIT will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” John 16.
During Jesus’ last days on earth He talked quite candidly with His disciples. He warned them that they would be misunderstood, mistreated and persecuted. He also told them they would not be accepted by the world. But most importantly He assured them that they would not be alone. He has given us His Comforter, His Holy Spirit to be with us always. This is why it is so important to know HIS WORD! We can call on the LORD anytime and anywhere. Think about this for a moment; when JESUS left the earth and ascended to Heaven there was not an actual physical Christian Church as far as a building. The disciples and His followers met in homes, they knew then as we should know now that they themselves were the CHURCH! GOD’S CHURCH is universal!
More on Religion
- RELIGION How It HELPS or IMPAIRS Mental Stability Part 2
- Don't Be Comfortable With Religion!
The word religion is a much misused word. Religion is not a thing we conceive, a list of rules which we ourselves make up. True religion is a walk with Jesus Christ. Religion in the popular sense is a person's idea of how to please God, a person's id
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on November 13, 2013:
God really wants to be a part of our everyday life! Christianity was really meant to be an everyday lifestyle! When we take the time to really apply HIS principles it really does make a difference! WOW! Thank You for taking the time to stop by! You have really made the rounds on my hubs. Lord Bless You!
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 04, 2013:
Religion How it Helps or Impairs Mental Stablilty Part 1 an interesting hub on religion and you do it so well. Your hubs are interesting, informative and such a great lessons to be learned here.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on August 05, 2013:
Sweetie, I appreciate your honesty! I am glad that you found this interesting. So glad that you took the time to read this. In your leisure please feel free to read more of my hubs on Christianity I pray that they are helpful Be Encouraged! God Bless You! & Thank you for stopping by! Peace & Blessings!
sweetie1 from India on August 03, 2013:
Though I am not much in to religion and certainly do not know much about your religion, But i found it interesting to read your hub.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 19, 2013:
Tamarajo, Thank You! Religion is many things to many people. When we think of "True Religion" we need to look at how GOD defines religion.
Christianity really is about an ongoing growing upclose personal intimate relationship with the LORD! Yes we are to worship the LORD! Yes it is good to gather together to worship the LORD! But GOD wants to be a part of our lives daily! "It is in HIM, we live and move and have our being..." JESUS CHRIST IS or can become our SAVIOR & LORD! HIS HOLY SPIRIT is readily available to help us navigate through the maze of life. Life then becomes an endless unfolding Spiritual Journey... PRAISE GOD!
Thank You for stopping by to share. Your comments are always appreciated and welcomed! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Tamarajo on January 18, 2013:
You did well to set apart and define faith in Christ from mere "religion" as most are defined by what they practice rather than a relationship with God through the forgiveness of our sin in Christ.
You also make a good observation that even within Christianity there can be "religion" rather than a living relationship with God Himself in just attending to the rituals of church going and participating in traditional practices which is like treating God as if He were just any old religion rather than the creator, salvation, and sustainer of all things.
A thought provoking read.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 11, 2012:
James A Watkins, So glad that you enjoyed this! Thank you so much for your your words of encouragement! In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You Always!
James A Watkins from Chicago on September 03, 2012:
Once again, your teachings are absolutely wonderful and so edifying. And you choose such exquisite pictures! I love your work. God Bless You!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on August 16, 2012:
Skye, Thank You! I received your comment.... So nice of you to stop by. Take care and it is always a pleasure. In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blesaings! God Bless You!
skye2day from Rocky Mountains on August 09, 2012:
Deborrah Did you get my first comment?? You may not have checked them yet. Anyway I left one. I used my husbands computer which is an oldie slow poke. I love your writing as always, the breath of the Spirit is on you and your wrting flows in truth and wisdom. You truly are gifted and have a precious heart. Your pages shine with the love of Christ that pours from your heart. I am BLESSED in reading as many are. Keep going sister. Love you
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Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on July 12, 2012:
Kristeen, Thank You! Let us continue to encourage others to draw closer to the Lord! You are so right! There is much “comfort” knowing that we belong to the LORD! We have so much to be THANKFUL for with the LORD in our lives. He truly does make all the difference in the world! Without the LORD life would have no meaning… Thank God for His Word Jesus Christ & His Holy Spirit!
Thank you for stopping by to share, Kristeen just know that you are a blessing to me as well! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Mercy Peace & Blessings!
Christine from Michigan on July 09, 2012:
DeBorrah, This is an excellant hub on the true meaning of Christianity. You pointed out clearly that true Christians, although in the world, are not part of the world. We belong to God and what a comfort that is! I thoroughly enjoyed reading. God's Word offers us history lessons, but most importantly it is a guide for our lives and offers us hope for the future. He covers all the bases. I believe that many will be blessed by reading this hub. You are a blessing to all!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on June 07, 2012:
DrPastor Carlotta, Always nice to hear from you! I am glad that the title got your attention. Many are confused to what “godly religion” is really about! This is to encourage believers as well as non believers to spend time in the WORD of GOD! There are numerous ways in which religion is practiced not all of them honor God. This is to shed some Light on the importance of having an intimate up close and personal relationship with the LORD. HIS WORD is medicine for the soul. God wants us to be whole… He wants to be a part of our lives everyday... Many have religious experiences without ever really encountering God.
I am well and thankful beyond words for the Lord’s Presence & Peace in my life. GOD truly is AMAZING!
Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! "TO GOD BE THE GLORY!"
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on June 07, 2012:
Stars, I am so thankful that you have been encouraged! PRAISE GOD! I am lifting up my hands to THANK the LORD for you in case you can’t! GOD is AWESOME! There is a remarkable feeling once you truly feel HIS presence. It is something that you never forget! How marvelous that HE allowed you more time with your Mother. Although you miss her; Now when you think of her you know that she is with our LORD and you will see her again! GOD BLESS YOU!
Thank you for sharing your marvelous testimony! God has a way of letting us know that HE really is there for us 24/7! Take care! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace, Hugs & Blessings! God Bless You Joann & Becky!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on June 07, 2012:
Allen Werner, Thank You! I truly believe that Christianity is a lifestyle! God wants to be a part of our life each and everyday! We can worship HIM everyday and throughout the day. As well have times when we assemble together to worship, & fellowship with others…
You have made some very good points that will help others. God wants us to be FREE! When we study the life of JESUS we can see all the things that happened to Him. Yet HE NEVER sinned. He overcame sin so we could learn to sin less. This is why we all need HIM as SAVIOR & LORD! As you well stated: “When we come to an understanding that there will be trials and tribulations for believers, the whole process of changing how we live becomes much easier to understand. Peace!” AMEN!
Thank you for sharing your deep spiritual insight! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!
Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on June 03, 2012:
Your title caught my attention! Being a believer whether your are mentally stable or not, the Holy Spirit is always there to guide you on!! I voted up on this Hub, my friend! I pray you have been doing fine and when you have some time, come visit me. God Bless.
stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on May 29, 2012:
Mr.s Deborrah, this is truly wonderful. There is so much that I learn from you, and our Heavenly Father.
I will never forget all the love I experienced when I held my mother's lifeless body in my arms when I administered CPR for her life. God was with me all the time, and his love was unconditional , and his wonderful securing love is what helped me to cope with my mother's serious problems. God brought her back to life, even though I recieved the credit for it. I told the Paramedics that it was God, and not I that gave my mother the breath of life. God Bless You, and your hub is wonderful.
Allen Werner from West Allis on May 27, 2012:
DeBorrah, this is wonderful. Christianity is a lifestyle. It's not really anything we attend to at proscribed times and dates. As we open ourselves to His knowledge and Will, we are restoring our relationship with our Creator and this restoration process helps us deal better with our fears and anxieties. It is easy to get caught up in the robotic rituals of religion and treat these almost as magical cures for our problems. When we come to an understanding that there will be trials and tribulations for believers, the whole process of changing how we live becomes much easier to understand. Peace
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on May 23, 2012:
Nobody, You have made some interesting points giving us much to ponder! Thank you as always for stopping by to share your insight! Please continue on to part 2 and share your introspective commentary! I must stop by and read your article on religion and then link it together with this one! So glad that you are fired up! Keep letting the Light of the Lord shine through you! Much Love to you brother, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on May 22, 2012:
Cristina, Thank you for sharing your wonderful spiritual insight! As you well stated: “All the services we do in Christianity are fruits of our love and devotion to God not merely out of obligation or duty as in other major religions.” Amen!
God knows the intentions, thoughts and actions of all of us! This is why it so important to seek Him above all else for direction in our lives! Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we could have a better life. God wants us to have an intimate personal relationship with each one of us! We have so much to be thankful for in Christ Jesus!
Cristina, it is always a pleasure and again thank you as always, In HIS Love Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!
Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on May 19, 2012:
I think the crux of the matter is religion is a belief system, all packaged and neat. Belief is not so neat or packaged. Belief is faith which cannot be contained. Belief is the breaking of an individual so that obedience to the leading of the Spirit can occur. Religion claims to have all that messy and at times painful stuff packaged. Religion makes you feel good. Belief hurts sometimes, definitely hurts the sinful side of the person. Defeating the flesh is not pleasant. It takes effort. Religion takes no such effort. I hate religion and I believe God hates it as well. It is man trying to decifer God. God wants us to listen and learn what He says about Himself and then to obey Him. When the Bible says true religion is charity, it is the word agapeo and it means love, the kind of love that happens when God is in control. It works out in acts of kindness but love comes from God for God is love. I guess I'm just as fired up about this as ever. I remember how emotionally invested I was in the article on religion I wrote. Well sister you touched the button again. Love ya, Bob.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on May 17, 2012:
Eniron, I listed these as the four major religious since they are recognized by the world as such… However for me Christianity is truly the Major religion! Yes indeed! As you so well stated: “Christianity is the only one that preaches about love for God and man which appeals to mankind.” AMEN! GOD is LOVE! The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are ONE! Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God! Christianity is the Way of Jesus Christ who is the doorway to Heaven!
In the LORD you will or can discover everything that you will ever need! “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!” PRAISE GOD!
Thank You for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on May 12, 2012:
Teaches12345, Thank You for being my first courageous and graceful visitor! Thank You as well for sharing your lovely encouraging insight. So glad that this has been inspiring as well.
In HIS Love, Grace,Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings!
Cristina Santander from Manila on May 11, 2012:
Great hub which presents great thoughts to ponder on. Christianity is not simply a religion it is pursuing a relationship with the great and awesome God of the universe. All the services we do in christianity are fruits of our love and devotion to God not merely out of obligation or duty as in other major religions. Thank you for sharing these precious truths here in Hubpages. I am wishing you a great day today DeBorrah. May God's blessings be with you always and your family. Best regards.
einron on May 11, 2012:
You have identified Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism as the four major religions. Christianity is the only religion that is universely accepted whereas the other three are more confined to their ethnic groups.
Christianity is the only one that preaches about love for God and man which appeals to mankind.
May God continue to bless you richly.
Dianna Mendez on May 10, 2012:
You have laid a good foundation for others to build upon in this hub. Yes, Christianity is a daily walk and we should also reflect what we have learned as we go forward. True religion, as Jesus spoke, is to love others as yourself, to care for the need - charity. Thanks for the inspiration.