I am a Universal Life Reverend. Despite this, I don’t call myself a Christian. I do teach Christianity as well as a diversity of religious views and ideals. However, even though I’m not Christian, I have gathered much inspiration from the verses of bible. Both of my parents were Christian. I grew up with the teachings on a daily basis. My father was more devoted to the Christian ideals than my mother, although my mother taught them to us daily through reading us verses. Dad showed his devotion in the actions of his daily living. Mother was giving, but very judgemental. Dad had his quarks too. The Christian Bible has a great wealth of knowledge and teachings.
In a day of lawsuits, wars, and a world that is unwilling to accept others differences for what they are. I have so many different verses I would love to lay on the table. One specific one is Mathew 5: 21-25
- “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, “Raqa,” will be answerable to the Sanhedrin and whoever says, “You Fool,” will be liable to Fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the alter, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the alter, and there, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.”
That sounds pretty serious, and it is. Look at everyone around you. Now look at yourself. We are all guilty of this. Even I am guilty of this. If you aren’t guilty of it, I have a feeling you are either being dishonest with yourself about your flaws, or not exactly human.
Many are angry at the solders that went to Iraq to fight for our freedoms. Many are angry at and with the Muslims for the people they have lost. They want to fight back. They want to hurt them the way they were hurt. They want revenge for those lost in the falling of the Twin Towers and the war. Revenge isn’t the teachings of the bible…at least not that of Christ anyway. Isn’t that the important part of the bible for Christian? The words of Christ are why Christians call themselves Christian. He is their savior. If you aren’t following his teachings to the best of your ability, can you truly call yourself followers of Christ? I can’t say that fighting is a good thing or even that I agree with their decision, but that is on their heads, not mine. I will not judge them one-way or the other. The Christians that do, well they really need to read this verse and remind themselves that judgment isn’t theirs to pass, and we are suppose to let go. However, we are still human and some ideals are hard to accept or even live up to at times. We are after all, humans, not deities, gods, or entities that have learned to be supremely accepting of other peoples’ faults and unredeeming qualities. The bible says that Christ died for ours sins, and of that I’m glad, because there are a lot of people who are going to need forgiveness.
Another great verse with similar qualities was Matthew 5: 43-48
- You have heard it said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? You greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Pagans practice the ideas of loving our neighbors, loving our enemies, and even praying for those who persecute us. We aren’t better than the Christians. We have quite similar concepts though. I loved the bible growing up. Both my parents were practicing Christians during the time I was a child and well into my adult years. My dad was a devoted Christian till the day he died. My mom, claimed to be a devoted Christian, but I think she had some issues that needed ironing out to be completely honest. She didn’t seem to follow the teaching of the book very well as far as I could see. That however, is not an issue to me. That is something she will have to take up with the Supreme Entity that created all things.
There are many churches and many ideals, but if you read further in the bible and believe its pages as most devoted Christians do, it warns of false prophets in Matthew 7: 21-23
- Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?” Then I will declare to them solemnly, ” I never knew you. Depart from me, you evil doers.”
Many Christians preach, claiming to be servants of God. That doesn’t mean they are all going to get to heaven. It just means that they are preaching in the name of Christ and God. What did Christ do in the market place and why? I can tell you that…he got royally ticked off. He overturned tables pushed over vendors and told them how unholy they were and sacrilegious they were behaving selling goods that should be free to those who attend. Christ frowned on markets in the house of the lord, but I have seen many churches that do it anyway. Matthew 21: 12-13
- Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those engaged in selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, “It is written: “My house shall be a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves.”
I guarantee if Christ walked the earth today he would definitely have something to say, and probably does have a lot to say to the people here on earth. We haven’t improved much. I a devoted pagan see this and couldn’t tell you any reason why I would want to claim to be Christian. I follow the ideals that Christ set, but I don’t think I would ever call myself a Christian. I love The Divine Entity that Created All Things. I devote my love, my compassion to That Which Is The Supreme Creator and the teachings of its servants…its true servants. I will do my best to follow the teachings I have learned as I humanly can.