Losing ones Religion?

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                                                                                       Losing ones Religion?
  Just the other day I came across an interesting article written by the former President, Jimmy Carter. The article “ Losing My Religion for equality”. In this article he lamented over the fact that he was severing his long held ties with the Southern Baptist Conventions and after 6 decades it was painful and difficult. He said this unavoidable decision came when the convention leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses (as they all do) and claiming that Eve was created second and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands. He continued to state that these views that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief.

  This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.

  This article was an excellent read and I recommend it if you ever come across it but it is the intent of this writing to focus on the misconception that one can lose ones “religion” by leaving a denomination. It was plain to see from his writing that this decision was something that had been festering inside him for a long time and to continue to hold on to this antiquated doctrinal belief was something he could no longer do. It is not surprising that main stream Christian churches are finding it hard to hold on to the younger members of their congregations, but in this 21st century finding that their older members are coming to the truth? It is an undeniable fact that these denominations hold on to their members with the fear tactic that they are the only true Church, sect, cult, etc, and if you leave you are a lost soul and will go straight to hell after you die. In the true teachings of Christ, nothing could be further from the truth!

  According to the philologist Max Muller, the root of the English word “religion” the Latin religio, was originally used to mean only “ reverence for God or the gods, careful pondering of divine things, piety”. There are many definitions of religion and the typical dictionary definition refers to a belief, or worship of, a god or gods, or the “service and worship of God or the supernatural”.

  It was curious to me that the word “religion” is in the UB 897 times but the word “denomination” is not found, but “isms” is, and this is what it says.

  “100:5.1 The world is filled with lost souls, not lost in the theologic sense but lost in the directional meaning, wandering about in confusion among the isms and cults of a frustrated philosophic era. Too few have learned how to install a philosophy of living in the place of religious authority. (The symbols of socialized religion are not to be despised as channels of growth, albeit the river bed is not the river.)”

  A denomination, in the common sense of the word, is an identification of a religious body and clearly misunderstood by the members of the “isms” that they follow. Denominational name tags, isms, are solely the work of man!

  Take heart Mr.Carter, you haven’t lost your religion, you may have truly found it!

  I will end by quoting one of the many teachers from the UB.
  “170:5.21 It is just because the gospel of Jesus was so many-sided that within a few centuries students of the records of his teachings became divided up into so many cults and sects. This pitiful subdivision of Christian believers results from failure to discern in the Master’s manifold teachings the divine oneness of his matchless life.”

Rickey H. Crosby