Bethiepoo03

This is the beloved air I breathe
2003-08-19 22:35:02 (UTC)

religon versus faith

In the New Testament Jesus hated the Pharasees - the
local "priests" and he told the world what a bunch of
hypocrates they were. Jesus hung out with the equivelant
of today's whores, druggies, and bar going beer drinkers.
He had dinner with these people, probably in the same type
of atmostphere as a bar of todays' standard. Jesus was
Holy - through His teachings we learn what faith is all
about. Through the life of the Parasees we see that God
hated empty religion.

I've been reading the Old Testament lately, and the
Prophets (people who spoke as the mouthpiece of God) spoke
against the priests even then. There are so many times
when the Israelites thought that sacrificing the animals
and going through the rituals were enough to keep a person
close to God, but in reality, God would have rather the
sacrifices not be made and the ritual broken, if our
hearts were in the right place. We see hints of this
throughout the Old Testament when the prophets would break
a ritual or code set in place by the church and people
just couldn't understand how a person could break one of
those codes. But the thing is that "The Lord looks at the
heart, not outward appearances"( I have no idea where in
scripture that is found). The purpose of the rituals and
sacrifices that God had institued was so that a person
could cleanse themselves so that they could get closer to
God, but what is the point if a man is simply going
throught the motions but doesn't want that intimacy with
God?
1Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider
his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The
LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks
at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the
heart."

Maybe this isn't all that coherant - it's not a five point
thesis, but it's something I've been thinking about a
little bit.

I believe that God values our hearts truly seeking and
questioning than he does how we act.

beth