Pastor's Corner

27 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

Mid-Week Challenge

 Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to take all the positive things from the various religions from around the world and combine them into a new “super religion?”  Sure you have.  There have been times in your life where you wished certain things were not practiced in your faith system and, at times, you have been envious of how other religions practice or did not practice certain traditions.  Well, now you have your chance.  A Jewish nonprofit group and a spiritual website are partnering together by challenging people to come up with a new faith system in a proposal they are calling “Challenge for a New Religion.”  https://www.facebook.com/92ndstreetY/app/422118604517529?brandloc=DISABLE&app_data=chk-569697766765a

 The challenge from their Facebook page is to: Imagine a religion or philosophy that cuts across boundaries, strengthens our sense of community and acts as a force of good. Design a new philosophy to live our lives, a framework for a new belief system -- or a reimagining of an existing one.

 This is not a joke.  First prize is $5000!  People have been doing this from the beginning of time.  Think back to the Garden of Eden and the question Satan asked of Eve.  “Did God really say…?”  Genesis 3:1  From this point forward people have been reinventing their idea of God to make religion more user-friendly in their changing world.   

 Isn’t that what we do when we look for the “loopholes” in God’s word?  Are we not in fact attempting to create a new religion to justify our sinful behavior?  The problem is this form of religion is manmade and man centric.  This type of religion will always favor sinful behavior over righteousness no matter what acts we work in there to make us feel better. 

 You have to give it to 92nd Street Y and On Being for challenging people to put in print what we sinfully do all the time.  I guess a better challenge would be for us to actually read the Bible and put it into practice.  No reinvention needed there, just repentance. 

 "You shall have no other gods before me.”  Exodus 20:3

 Serving the Savior

 Bro. Jonathan

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