I feel the need to write about really following God and the illusion of following God. Many Christians, in my opinion, get the two confused.
I will admit that I am not a person who follows or wants to follow God every second of my life. In fact I often make mistakes and sometimes CHOOSE to sin. It is sort of how it goes, no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. One thing we must come to realize is that this is the case with EVERYONE, no Christian or non-Christian is perfect. We must also see that EVERYONE does genuinely good things and, to an extent, chooses to follow the example of Christ. I have seen Christians, Buddhists, and professed Witches do things that only can come from my God.
Often Christians treat non-believers as though they have no knowledge of Christ. This is not true and only makes up for a bad relationship. When we come to someone of different faith, why do we not look for the places we can learn from, and build the relationship from there? So many Christians I know are set on finding the problems with other religions that they forget to see the places where God reigns.
Many Christians that I know tell me they are interested in following God. If you want to fallow God, you will be willing to look for Him outside the box. When I come to fellow Christians and tell them about how I am finding Jesus in my Buddhist and professed Witch friends, I am often thrown aside as being deceived before they give me a chance to explain. Faith in Jesus, is often used as an excuse to not look into other religion or controversy rather then as protection and strength to test them.
When you are not willing to look outside of the comfort zone, for God, then you are not really interested in looking for God. It is hard to be willing to come to someone of a different faith at an even playing field, but that is what we as Christians must do. If we as Christians want others to listen to what we have to say about our faith, we MUST be willing to do the same with them. The reason why God tells us to be strong in our faith, is so that we can test it and see what is true and what is not. When Jesus lived, the Pharisees were not the ones that were always correct. In fact, Jesus found just as much love and truth of who God is, in the tax collectors and prostitutes as He did in the Pharisees and those who thought they knew the “word of God“.
Let us as Christians not be ignorant in our faith. Let us strengthen our faith with the faith of others, and let the truth ring true. There is strength in many Buddhists, Muslims, and Atheists and sometimes we can learn from them just as much as they can learn from us.
If we are able to come to others at an even playing field and truly are interested in finding God, we will get past this need to be “right” and we will start to truly find God.