<<I don't want my faith energy to be consumed following rules and doctrines.>>You aren't the odd one out. You are a normal human being!The thing is, people can spend a lot of energy trying to follow rules and doctrines, trying to do it right by the book, trying to "earn" themselves some sort of happiness in the next life or positive karma in this life. It makes me tired just thinking about it! Who wants to be a gerbil on one of those wheely-bobs?That's why I'm so happy with my faith. It doesn't require a person to follow rules and try hard to "be good" by their own effort. There are, however, a lot of people who claim to follow the religion I follow, but who put all the emphasis on their own good works and their own efforts. That's why a lot of people have misunderstandings about what this peticular faith is all about.What I believe is that you can't earn your way into heaven or happiness in this life. No one can be "good enough", no matter how hard they try. Abundant life now, and eternal life later, is really a free gift. All you have to do is accept it and quit trying to be good on your own.I appreciate your honesty. Wow, I think a lot of people out there are sick and tired of the treadmill of following a bunch of rules and regulations. I think many are hungry for something more meaningful, that runs deeper than just outward behavior. I think it's out there, but you have to be open to learning about it and seeking it with an open mind.
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