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Why I Chose my Approach to Religion

When I was young
I engaged in debate about religion
Amateur at best
But it usually ended in anger
I often used silliness
To cover my anger
I had different views
In very subtle ways
Which I had trouble articulating
So to many I appeared to agree
At first
But later we realized
My point of view
Was very different
But I never fit into
Any established theology or philosophy

I came to the conclusion that
I was bad at forming arguments
And so gave up on apologetics
Around this time I discovered
Both Taoism and Existentialism
The Philosophical and Christian ones
I realized that if I could
Shift my discussions to a less emotional approach
The outcomes were better
No one won or lost
Because I had decided not to
Try to prove any point
I found this kind of discussion
More interesting and useful for everyone

I had grown up in a church
In which I found a similar approach
From a kind of hybrid Evangelical-Quaker church
To merely lead people in the direction of thinking about religion
And letting God work on their soul and draw them to His conclusions
At that time I realized that many of the different aspects to my approach
That many saw as merely creative
Was actually well articulated by these 2 philosophies I was learning

See philosophy is very much about debate
But both Taoism and Existentialism are both based on paradox
As are most basic doctrines of the Bible
They are not your typical kind of philosophy
They would be described as anti-philosophies
That is likely why they are more read than other philosophers
These issues are often not the ones theologians wrestle about

I realized the things that bothered me
About the Church, America, and the school system were all similar
I very much believed in the Church, God and the Bible
But I had a different philosophical perspective on these things
Maybe a better word would be a more mystical approach
My problem with society was not with any one group or any one issue
I challenge the very foundation on how our society was built

I was not against the Bible
I was against the modern world
I challenged not the Church but reason itself
I realized that as is said in First Corinthians that Christianity is not about wisdom (of the Greeks) or the miracles (of the Jews)
It was all about choice
There was nothing to prove and no one to convince
Salvation by faith in Christ makes perfect sense and believing in God is natural
And required no intellectual defense
I am still putting together the pieces over time

What I aim to do is to change the philosophical assumptions about reality and life
I have set out to unite those 2 different philosophical schools - one Asian and the other European
I reject the Enlightenment and Aristotle and Plato not God or the Bible
I believe that the primary way we should understand God and the Bible is choice
Not by reason or by signs and wonders
Is mysticism art or intuition or a kind of foreknowledge of God

When you think of the faith of Job or Abraham
Neither had the Bible and Christianity would not exist for millennia
But faith in God was very much alive and all the concepts and supernatural reality of Christianity already true
Abraham and Job were both saved by the death and resurrection of Christ
The Bible is very important to my faith and is the only thing in which I believe is absolutely true
But this is all gravy
People believed in God long before they had the Bible

Belief in God is natural
What is unnatural is the modern world
What interferes with submission to God’s will
Is our thinking we can make an ideal society when the belief in Christ is up for debate
Modern society is the evil empire of the devil called Mystery Babylon in the Bible
The devil’s fundamental sin philosophically stated was arrogance
When our society thinks we can do anything at all without God
This is spiritual rebellion on a international scale

This kind of rebellion is what the modern world is based on
A big part of this is the way we glorify science and reason to the place of God in our society and personal lives
We say fact is true and opinion is false
I aim to provide a parallel way of understanding God and religion
That does not change the truths of the Bible
But cleanly separates Americana and the Enlightenment from Christianity

I aim to share my ideas with people that already agree with me
I challenge no one
God will challenge you if you decide not to believe in Him

Think the Grass is Greener (on the Other Side)

Many people think they can use
Non-Christian Asian philosophies and religions
To justify their behavior
As they think they don’t have to have moral absolutes
And can still be spiritual

No major world religion or philosophy
Allows you to not address morality
And these ethical systems have similar basic rules as the Bible
If you follow the Ten Commandments or the Golden Rule
You will be close to following the most basic laws of most countries
And you will avoid most conflicts that you can avoid

What you give up when you leave Christianity
And still calling yourself a good person
Is the forgiveness of sins
You do not avoid being subject to the same laws or rules

What is different about Christianity
Is not what is considered evil
But that you have one clear God in control
Who is both good and merciful
(Also there are still hells in other major world religions)

In most of them you get after you die
According to what you did in this life
In Buddhism enlightenment is undefined
And Buddhism has hundreds of rules to follow
In Confucianism the entire topic is not covered by definition
In Taoism metaphysics are so vague they could mean anything
In Hinduism you never leave your caste even after reincarnation
And in Hinduism the true Self is the supreme entity

Christianity is also commonly
Added to and subtracted from
The difference is like in Islam
This is not accepted to be legitimate
You are to pick the entire religion
Or reject the entire religion as it stands

What Christianity can provide
That no other major world religion even claims
Is that you can have eternal life
If you turn from your sins and choose Christ
As the Lord of your life

Even though Christianity
Cannot legitimately be modified
By cultures or individual people
It is still the most geographically
And culturally diverse religion
And the most popular religion
In the world by sheer numbers

The only reason why Christianity
Is not more accepted is that it will not deviate
From the Bible on any issue

One of the major conflicts between Christianity
And the mainstream culture today
Is that we keep changing the definition of morality in our society
But our society is far from unified
And very inconsistent about its beliefs

Most the major cultural changes in America today
Reflect the economic conditions caused by the information revolution
But these ideas and their supporters are very fickle
Look how much changed because of a flu

Christianity already long since passed
Its heartland in the Middle East
Then found a home in Europe and then relocated to America
Which then passed it to the rest of the world
Today the heart of the Church is in Africa

No other major world religion has
Or could leave its original homeland
And still be a viable world religion

One of the biggest blocks for people
Accepting the Gospel today
Is the anti-supernatural bias
In the American world empire today
This cultural oddity about America and Europe
Is not a worldwide phenomenon

Africa in particular and the other most populous parts of the world are very religious
The supernatural world was and still is very relevant
To the vast majority of the world
And has been the vast majority of world history

It is ironic that those speaking loudest about multiculturalism in America today
Do not study the Bible
Do not learn languages that are not from Europe
And do not learn premodern or early modern history
The Gospel is the most agreed upon common experience
Throughout the poorest and most persecuted people groups
In the world today

What is the biggest problem in the world today
The most fundamental underlying problem in the world today is cruelty
One of the most basic concepts in ethics
Is being kind to others
It is a concept most of us learn
At a very early age

This is why Christianity is the best religion ethically
God is not just perfect, good, and powerful
He also accepts us as we are
And offers to make us better people

But He asks us to do the same for others
Forgiveness is one of the defining things
That is incomprehensible to the outside world
Everyone wants to be forgiven
But few want to forgive others who hurt them

(This is why I am a staunch proponent of the US Bill of Rights
Because it is about kindness and forgiveness)

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