I already talked a bit about politics on social forums, so why not violate the ” code ” and move on to religion for an off topic post today? I like to live on the edge, and go against the flow anyways. If the subject of this post has you in knots already, please stay with me, it is not a sermon, just a commentary, my view of things.
I was recently in a well known super-store shopping for some stuff. When I finished and was waiting in the checkout line, I overheard 2 people discussing the Zen movement, and some teachings from some other popular religious leaders of the past as well. I believe Mohammed and then Buddha. Nobody around them paid much attention, and continued to wait in line.
Along came a lady behind me, with her friend, talking as well while waiting. They said they were just returning from a church event and were happy and all. While they waited, and as they talked to each other, one of them broke the code right there in public, and said the name of Jesus. They happened to be Christians. Wow. The crowd went silent, and the whole line turned back just to see who said that name. I think one guy even said ” this isn’t church lady ” or something. It is the very name that brings out vitriol and hatred to those who are not believers. Nobody even said a peep when the other religious talk was going on.
I mention this because I have noticed this in many different scenarios and on many different occasions. But how could it be, I mean religion is religion, right? Maybe not. There are at least 1500 documented religions to my knowledge, but nobody claimed to be God. They were all teachers or prophets of their god. The only person who made the claim to be one with the Father, and the only avenue to heaven was Christ. More than that, He is the only one who actually sacrificed Himself for His people.
He claimed to be the living God, the ruler of all creation, the beginning and the end. Not someone with some good ideas or ways to meditate. Could it be that He is who He said He was, and He is alive and well today, unlike the dead teachers of the 1500 religions?
That may explain why people are so agitated at His name. Conviction. Knowledge of the truth. The living God dwelling in those who believe actually offends those without Him in their lives.
Is that possible? Perhaps it is mere coincidence that the name of Jesus is so powerful to anyone who hears it- whether in a good way, or in an offensive way. I just don’t see that power in any other name, do you?
So with that said, I have a link presenting the top ten most popular religious leaders and some background. Check it out, and see if any names seem to get you fired up. Just take a brief survey of each person, and see. I did not write this to try to make anyone believe a certain way, so all are welcome here, always. I write this because it is often on my mind, and I want to know what others think when they read this. If any of you are going to come at me with the ” this is not a religious forum” straw man, then right back atcha with freedom of speech.
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