Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

Timeless religion

1/29/13

If your religion is about doctrinal purity, it is passé and becoming more so every passing day. If your religion is about serving your fellowman, it is as timeless and eternal as the principle of love behind that service.

 

Some may look for redemption through adhering to the church's ritualistic prescriptions, but too many now realize that salvation is an on-going, day to day developmental process, not some once and done spiritual happening as historically taught. Likewise, what we all need rescue from is not the incomprehensible wrath of God but instead our own misconception about Him and what fulfilled living involves.

 

The evidence is all around us, for those listening. In on-line discussions, which know no bounds, and private Bible studies away from the control of the church, people are exploring their faith as they never could in the past. No question can remain "unraised" in this atmosphere, because people are totally free and free people cannot be manipulated.

 

People can engage with each other on the subject of religion, across continents and religious persuasions. It is happening with ever greater frequency.

 

Yes, conventional religious thought of the doctrinal purity type is still the most prevalent on internet sites and even in many discussion groups. Conventional religion is a marketing effort, and they recognize internet potential as much as anyone.

 

In my mind, the more significant aspect of the internet as a religious forum is that the church cannot control the dialogue or limit the rules of engagement surrounding religious thought. In that changed environment, old suppositions will inevitably be challenged as never before. The paid ministers will find themselves having to deal with issues previously suppressed and ignored.

 

Steadily shrinking church memberships attest to a widespread disenchantment with the old religion. The old way will die hard, but the end is written in digital code.

 

James 1:27 says: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Despite the church's contention, I seriously doubt that the author is recommending that "unspottedness" be achieved by segregating from our fellowmen and adhering to church doctrine. Purity of religion is rooted in service, not theology.