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Subject:  Re: Contrast: A true Christian attitude Date:  11/15/2012  11:55 AM
Author:  lhaselden Number:  184228 of 197560

<< I find the various religious schools of thought to be arbitrary in what they say is now okay, and what still isn't.
Me too!

My two cents, faith is good, but religion is corrupt. Faith is a spiritual bond with the universe, religion is an institution that promotes its own hierarchy by instilling cultural rules that have to be followed so, according to them, the individual will be on the big guy's good side when they die.
I would suggest that there is a distinction between religion and a religious organization. A religion may be false or true but not corrupt. A religious organization can be corrupt, hypocritical... etc.

Faith doesn't need interpretation by some for the many. It's as personal as eye color and disposition.
I am not sure faith is as diverse as eye color, I am pretty sure it is not as diverse as disposition! However the NT teaches to respect diverse beliefs in such matters as a Sabbath Day, eating meat, and other things. Telling us not to judge one another on such matters.

My belief is that we should live up to the faith that we have. Those that have little, little is expected, those that have been given much much is expected.

As far as the teachings of the church is concerned the NT teaches that we should respect our leaders in full humility and I try to. But those who have the Spirit of Christ also have the Spirit to guide them.

1 John 2:27
As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no nee