Betcha didn’t know that!!
That kinda news right now in this day you would’ve just scoffed at. But let’s just rethink this!
When Christopher Columbus came back from his journey to America, His proclamation that the world was round, was just as ludicrous as me saying that the world is flat!! Their understanding that the world was round was met with alot of criticism and ridicule and just all out heresy by everyone. After all what did they know? Had anyone said that anyone had actually seen some ship sail away and just fall down from the ocean.( this reasoning if you think about was just as crazy as thinking that the world was round?) The thought here is that the three ships along with Columbus had experienced the trip themselves and knew that the world was not flat, but round. They had actually came across a different world(country).
Our understanding then should be of experience not of hearsay! We continue to just believe in our everyday hearsay and unsubstantiated ways of God, then we are just like those people of our history that did not believe that the world was round!!
God has laid out a mighty and wonderful eternal experience for us to have!! We have got to experience this in not our humanness but in our faith, and believe of God in our spiritualness. This next statement may controversial but I am leaning this way of knowing. We as Christians have been led to believe that we are to be spiritual in this human life, Where I believe that God’s intention of us was to spiritually be in Him as Christ is in us. I have not seen anything yet in the bible that describes our behavior as a SPIRITUAL BEING and interacting with others?! But it is that we are to commune with God!
This has led me to my point, We have been mis lead of the thinking of the “CHURCH”.
I have found this out through three different ways. I have been a adventure with God for awhile now and these three things have led me to the same place. My first experience for this was going back in history to understand the background of Church. I have read the historical happenings of the church with the parallel of the scriptures of the New Testament. You can actually see the fork in the road where the Christians of early church went the way of the building(Constantine and the legalization of Christianity and the building of tabernacle’s) and the example of Paul’s description of the Church in Act’s.
The second experience of this has been my journey of living in the church for 50 years. My conundrum was that if this was what Christ meant the church to look and act like, I didn’t understand it, it was not working!! You can take this for what it’s worth, but this is where us as Christians must also look back at own life in the church and other’s life’s and see if would be what Christ set the church to be. I will let your mind ponder on this for awhile. (This is an example of our humanness getting in our way of being of another nature; Spiritualness, I hesitate to say “Christ like” because we tend to misunderstand it. We should look at the “Christ like” living as the resurrected Christ, not the Christ that was walking on the Earth. He came to earth to rescue us from this Humanness to be that which is in and of Him!
The third experience has been the most exciting one! I have read a bookcase of books through this journey and have found something that has not explained the bible to me, but has painted a picture for me on what God’s plan for us is! You see it wasn’t just the words of the book or the new ideas or concepts that changed me it was the “intention of Painter” that has led me through the understanding of His Word!
Now I know that this may sound crazy about my journey and what I have said, But I positively, without question,without doubt can say that ” I EXPERIENCED IT”
I wish I could tell you specifically on how you could do this but it is not up to me to tell or show you. It is in Christ that He will show,tell, and lead you on your journey!
I pray that you will go and have the “EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME” , I know I have!!