Don't follow the crowd

Do not follow the crowd

What do you believe? Are you sure that what you believe has been revealed to you by the Holy Spirit? - or was it just taught to you from childhood by so many people in your life that questioning it just feels wrong?

When you do notice cracks in your faith - things that deep down in your core you just know can't be right - then you start to think 'Surely all the educated leaders of our church (and we have so many) can't be wrong. Surely what the majority of Christians belief must be right?'

Believing what mainstream Christianity beliefs does not make you right or safe

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 Jesus was talking about is not those who choose not to believe in God and party their life away - it is the majority believing what has been taught to them by false prophets.

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 on top of the list of world religions at 33%. Those that choose not to believe in God (Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist) only comes in at 3rd place (16%).

I am not saying that if you are a Christian you are on the 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 mainstream Christianity, having traditional Christian beliefs, 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 cracks in my faith - things that just couldn't be God's will. I started looking for the truth. At first it disturbed me as some of my core beliefs were challenged - some of the foundations of my faith started to shake and crumble - I almost lost my faith.

Once I got over the shock and 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.

They will not like it

A lot of Christians don't like it if you do not believe everything they do. They will start an argument and 'put you out' (throw you out of church or stop being friends with you) - not because they are secretly working for the devil, but because they (wrongly) believe that is what God wants them to do.
They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God - John 16:2
When last were you thrown out of a church?

I don't believe you should start an argument about every little thing in the Bible - but I also believe that you should be true to yourself, and to God.


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