25. Uprooting the ‘Religion’ Weed

Religion has been a weed in my life…I’m replacing it with a seed: FAITH.

I HAVE FAITH! I just believe! I know when I look at the sunset, and watch the birds migrate, and see the first snow hit the mountain peaks, when I watch the tides change or the moonlight make diamonds on the Puget Sound… there is more to this life than meets the eye.  I don’t care what religious box you were born into, to deny this is to deny the evidence of your own senses.

I only know my life and my life’s experiences and what they have taught me…they have given me a faith and belief in God. I’ve had one too many God moment and experienced one too many “coincidences” to not believe. I stopped listening to what man was feeding me, and began listening to what God was telling me. He has given us senses so we can use them! What you see, hear, smell, touch, experience … what are you hearing? What has life taught you?

I call myself a heathen Christian (I got the term “heathen” from Anne of Green Gables…).  I was born in a Christian box, so I was born speaking Jesus. Some people are born in Muslim boxes and some in Buddhist boxes, some in Science-based boxes and some make a religion out of proving their IS NO GOD. I don’t care what box you were born into, to be human is to be a spiritual being but we are the limited ones…God can speak all languages, find us when we are so lost we can’t see a tomorrow…you just have to LEARN TO LISTEN.

The best thing to ever happen to my faith happened when I took the lid of my religious box – I was getting tripped up on the details…but I realized, it is ALRIGHT TO NOT KNOW THE DETAILS. The Devil is in the details…and he’s used them to divide a world. I don’t care if Mary was a virgin, I don’t care if Noah had an Ark, I don’t know if Jesus was a God or a man…I believe in him NO LESS by not knowing the details. And God forgives my questioning mind…he made me this way…The details distracted me from the MESSAGE and the MESSAGE was what Jesus stood for…LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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