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True Faith Isn't About What You Know, Or How You Live. True Faith Is Defined Only By Your Devotion, Which Is Something On The Inside.

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2)

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Jesus Christ - The Anarchist King



People who love God sometimes make the terrible mistake, in their zeal, of trying to seek Him in their own strength, and trying to understand the faith in human terms. This will always be disastrous, because they will end up serving mammon, instead of God, believing all along that they were serving God. Christians today often get caught in this trap, and churches by and large fail to make a clear enough distinction between the role of knowledge and works; and true spirituality. Knowledge and works do not equal to faith--they are two different things. If we make knowledge a pre-requisite in our minds for being spiritual, and having true (saving) faith, then we're cutting ourselves off from the truth. We're trying to save ourselves by works, and not by faith.

 

Instead of talking about right and wrong, let's focus on understanding each other. If someone is homosexual, or steals for a living, or curses all the time, is that really so bad that you have to distance yourself from them the way Christians like to do? We need to understand why they are the way they are, and never judge them for it. Why do Christian preachers sound so angry and upset all the time? Why do they focus so much on clarifying what they think is right and wrong that other people do? Why do they just say: "This is wrong"; but never say: "I understand, that makes a lot of sense why you do that, but there's a better way"?

We need to get out of the mindset of ultimatums and fear-mongering. God is Love, and fear does not help lead anyone to God. Divisiveness doesn't help either. This is the core of the Christian Anarchist tradition. We're anarchists because we don't identify with any fixed "way" how things should be. We identify with "the Way", which is God's Word. If you believe in any other way at the same time, that's probably because you're zealously seeking God, and you really love the truth... but, there's a better way. True freedom is available when we let go of the hard line and let things take their natural course. It doesn't mean that you don't care when you do that; it means that you care enough to listen, and be patient, and kind. You're probably not being judgmental and mean, but that's definitely what it sounds like, and it's not necessary to sound that way to let people know that certain actions and choices are a mistake.

 
 
     
 
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