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Don't follow the crowd

Do not follow the crowd

I just love nature. Strange how some species believe in the 'safety in numbers' approach while there are others who go at it alone. I probably belong to the latter. No matter what your personality type, if you find yourself part of the crowd (the majority), you should not be fooled into a false sense of righteousness.

Some people will be very quick to point out that what you think or believe is wrong. When you then take the time to explain why you believe what you do - supporting it with scripture and facts - they all fall back on the same defense: Surely all the educated leaders of our church (and we have so many) can't be wrong - so you must be wrong.

Being part of the majority does not make you right

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. - Jesus - Matthew 7:13-14
I know what you think - wait a minute, the wide gate is those that choose not to believe - the sinners. That is what we have been taught in church  - but read it in context. In the very next verse (15) Jesus says we should 'watch out for the false prophets'. He continues up until verse 20 that we should be careful who we listen to. He then even goes further in the following verses:
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 who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! - Matthew 7:21-23
The wide gate is not those who chose not to believe - but those who believed they were busy doing God's work, who listened to false prophets and missed God.

Christianity is the majority

Jesus said that the gate that leads to destruction is wide and those that enter through it many. If you look at the statistics for world religions, then Christianity is the widest gate. It is the most popular at 33%. Those that do not believe in God is at 16%.

I am not saying that if you are a Christian you are on the wrong road to destruction. The word Christian means 'Christ follower'. I am a Christ follower so in that sense of the word, I am a Christian.

What I am saying is that just following what mainstream Christianity believes does not make you right or safe. 

Seek the truth

We should be careful just to accept what the pastors are teaching us. We should not just follow the crowd and believe the popular version.
Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]" - Gospel of Thomas - Saying 2.
I used to believe the popular version of Christianity. I made my church leaders very proud. Then I started to see that something was amiss. I started looking for the truth. At first it disturbed me - I almost lost my faith. As I started to see the truth, my relationship with God got so much better - how I see God, got so much better. My love for God got so much stronger.

What I believe is not popular - I am not part of the majority - but that is OK.
Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again." - Gospel of Thomas, Saying 49.


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