But during this time, while I'm on this "love" journey, on this journey to master love and figure out who GOD really is, I noticed myself shifting a bit in my relationship. I also noticed that some Christians don't SHIFT at all. I bet if you were to ask some family or friends who God is, their reply would involve much of what they've been taught or read in the bible. And I don't know if that's a good enough reason to believe in God. You've got to EXPERIENCE God minus religion and what you've been taught. I was watching the film "Mississippi Burning" the other night and I shook my head as racist whites used the "WORD OF GOD" (Bible) to murder Blacks. So, the Bible can often be used to fit what people want it to fit, but experience is entirely different. If you think about it, even the disciples EXPERIENCED Christ. They didn't just read about Him. And so, I also believe you've got to EXPERIENCE God to confirm what you've read because if you just go by what you've read in the Bible, you'll find some contradictions. You'll struggle with what's literal and what's not especially when considering the 38,000 Christian denominations in the world. But if you deal with EXPERIENCE, no one can take that from you. We can say the Bible has been re-written or tampered with, but no one can take away God speaking to you. You must know God for yourself. Why? Because when you only know God via religion, you're just a Pharisee. Nothing more. You'll know the law; and you'll know scripture; but love won't prevail. And us Christians, who serve God, have to know that GOD IS LOVE. Not religion. But LOVE.
While I'm on this journey, I've learned that as you read the Bible, a book of blessings, promises, and BOOK OF EXPERIENCES shared by prophets and disciples about how awesome God is, you've got to figure out your own experience. What is your contribution to the story? What did God say to you? When did God heal you? When did you fall at God's feet and ask for healing? Was your reputation ever stoned? If God is ALIVE like we say He is, He doesn't want you to finish Him off with the Bible. He wants the experience to continue and not end with the experience of Paul or the experience of David. Is it not possible that God still moves and we don't always have the answers to everything? Does the Bible have God all figured out? It's a dangerous place to be in NOT to explore God and to think you have him all figured out. Having God all figured out means you've got your own throne. And I don't think memorizing scripture makes you are an expert on God. It's might make you an expert on religion; but not an expert on God.
And so moving forward, don't complicate God. Being a Christian means touching God's heart and him touching yours and you don't need theology and religious tradition to do that. P
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”