Have you seen or heard about the "I love Jesus but hate religion" video on Youtube?
Even though I don't watch news, it's been all over the blogs I read and it is interesting and great to see all the responses and videos made. It was especially interesting for me, seeing as I went on a long journey last year where I personally discovered this for myself. I used to think that Jesus was most important and that you could "sell" Jesus by himself, without his Bride. However, I realized that while Jesus IS most important (for us), it's true, that's only an incomplete version of the story. Now I hold three important facts as tested and true.
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- We really aren't smart enough and certainly not holy enough to reach the truth on our own. It's a gift and it's given to us.In fact, it's a person and He's the truth, the way and the life. And yes the Holy Spirit speaks to each person individually, but we are very broken vessels and many times (if not most of the time) get it wrong. How could we reach any decision if the only system was democracy? You just have to look at how many different churches and opinions there are even within the same Church. So it was amazing to discover that there is a system other than democracy for something as important as our salvation: the Holy Spirit's guidance. And that's what guides broken vessels and people that mess up over 2000 years continually to the truth... through the Church. Dogma, Church teaching, saints' writings, how to interpret the Bible aren't LIMITATIONS, they're a starting point for creativity as Flannery O'Connor said. In a world where everything is fallible and relative, it's essential to hold some things as true. You choose what and where to receive from. So it's not surprise Jesus gave authority to his Church (Matthew 18:18; John 20:23) and promised it would survive all attacks (Matthew 16:18). And it's a gift.