TO CAUSE ONE TO THINK IS THE PURPOSE OF QUESTIONS by LC
Preface I have been a believer in Christ for over thirty years. My only desire has been to know God and equally important, who I am. In 1986, I began pouring through scriptures trying to make sense of it all. Soon, six years had passed and I found myself a teacher, elder and at times a minister of healing at a local church. I saw and experienced amazing things such as: people healed of sickness; spiritual gifts and foreknowledge displayed openly; and powerful manifestations of the Spirit upon people physically and mentally. However, after several more years I knew inside me it was time to leave that local church, and no one could understand why. At the time, even I did not know why. Today, others still do not understand why! Through eyes of judgement, they can only see me and my family as being "lost."
Now, it is easy for me to look back and see why I was to move on in my spiritual journey. I had become a very, religious person. Religion is the false, man-made idea of who or what God must be. The truth will never be found within the walls of religion. I thought I knew God because I knew the scriptures. Did I really know truth or did I simply learn too well the beliefs others had taught me? Was I willing to let go of all doctrines and ask God to show me the truth of who He is and who I am? Did I really understand the scriptures and the meanings behind the sayings Jesus spoke? Would I lay scriptures down and trust God to not only "save" me, but also speak to me by the voice of His Spirit?
It is safe to say that I have a very good perspective from which to write. If you think perhaps that I lack understanding of traditional teachings and doctrines of the scriptures let me say you are mistaken. For years, I taught the very doctrines many believe and hold true to today. I had believed I could prove to you the doctrine was true based upon lining up one verse of scripture with another verse. Even though I was a very good lawyer by making an argument with a book of law known as the bible, it did not mean I was correct in understanding or knowing truth. When I began hearing for myself the truth within me, it challenged the very doctrines I had defended whole-heartedly. It has taken many years for these things to be undone in me, and still today I seek to know the answers...the truth.
My goal for this writing is not to give you answers. If you are looking for answers, I only want to direct you as to where to find them. You need to learn to seek answers to life's questions from within. The answers you seek cannot be found from the mouth or pen of any man, but must be heard inside you, "the hearer." I challenge you, the seeker, to find those answers within. In fact, if you look deep enough, you will find you already knew the answers; you just simply forgot the truth for a brief moment. I give you questions to assist in your seeking of truth and the undoing of your traditional beliefs in doctrines, which simply cannot be true. Due to my challenging of what some may consider being core fundamental tenets of the Christian faith, the religious may find this journey to be highly difficult. You may say, "I am not a religious person," but the truth of the matter is man's influence upon your mind has caused you to believe things which are false, as if they were true. Are you willing to have your current beliefs challenged by questions for only you to find the answers to? If you are to be true to yourself, then do not give patent answers learned from another person or book to the questions I will ask you. Ask yourself, "How did I arrive at this belief? Where did this belief come from and is it truth?" Only the truth one knows will set one free.
Where can truth be found? How can one hear the Divine Spirit? Look within you. An answer of truth will always come without fear, condemnation or guilt upon wings of peace: like an angel that brings tidings of love, hope and joy. Quite easily, anything less is not truth or God sent. Some, whom I will again badge as religious, will no doubt try to scare you with fear into not even considering thoughts outside of their own beliefs and teachings. Does that make their beliefs valid? They may say, "How do you know what you are hearing is from God and not from the devil himself? Perhaps, Satan is whispering his lies in your ear!" Judge what you hear by one simple means of measurement: does the message within come out of love and bring peace, or does it invoke fear? If fear, it is not truth, nor is it from the Divine Spirit many call God.
Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do men say that I, the son of man, am?" So they replied, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven."
How about you? Who do you choose to follow in your life? Do you wish to follow what others may have taught you or the spirit of God who lives within? What are you hearing inside of you? What would your reply to Jesus be if you were personally asked that question today?