Love Never FailsWritten by Joyce C. Lock
"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Luke 23:24
How many times do you suppose we've hurt people and not realized it; to have reacted without thought; to have deemed another not ready, worthy, capable, or spiritual enough; to have picked our favorite over another; to have excluded one who didn't measure up; to sit by one more attractive, popular, or fun; to have been in such a hurry to greet one that we bypassed another; to have closed our hearts to someone whose words we didn't want to hear; to think we've done God a favor by getting rid of someone we thought difficult, different, or wrong?
How many times do you suppose that that prayer has been prayed for us, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do?"
ReligionWritten by Joyce C. Lock
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "I believe in fundamental truth of all great religions of world. I believe that they are all God-given and I believe that they were necessary for people to whom these religions were revealed. And I believe that if only we could all of us read scriptures of different faiths from standpoints of followers of these faiths, we should find that they were at bottom all one and were all helpful to one another."
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is head of body, church: who is beginning, firstborn from dead; that in all things he might have preeminence, Co. 1:16-18.
There is at least some truth in every religion and things that are not true about all religions. Religion changes with every generation. And, with huge multitude of religions, it seems absurd for anyone to think they have all answers.
Many churches have become any of following: cold, dead, legal, stuffy, and or a social club. Often, they are so very educated that they no longer get their instruction from God (acting like they are God).
And, even some of most spiritual churches appear as if they know everything God believes, everything He thinks. They don't even have to ask Him, as they already know all rules. They decide who is worthy to serve, who is right gender, and who has all right stuff.