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Friday, February 18, 2011

Is Religion an Emotional Feeling?"

A few years ago when I was traveling to an area in which I was unfamiliar with, I stopped and asked a gentleman for directions. Shortly after leaving the gas station I realized that I did not understand very clearly the directions which he had given me. However, I did remember a landmark in which I would have to make a turn to get to the destination that I desired. The only problem was that I did not remember whether I should turn right or left. So, there I was having to make a decision so where did I turn for the answer? That's right I made my decision on what felt right to me. I made the left turn and drove for a good while until I came to an area in which there was nothing but empty fields with some mountains in the background. Due to the fact I was looking for some homes to perform insurance inspections I realized, my feelings were wrong and here I was lost. Furthermore, the sad fact was I had a map with detailed directions laying in the back seat of my car. However, I had took man's directions mixed with what I felt was right and made my decisions and therefore, I ended up not being were I desired to be.

This same principle applies to religion and the spiritual life of people. Do many go on what they feel is right mixed with what men will tell them? Do many listen to men play on their emotions and led to believe it is right due to how they feel. The question is, " Is Religion an Emotional Feeling?"  What does the Bible say?

Jn. 14:6- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus said that He is the only way to Heaven. Notice here there is no emotional feelings mentioned here.

Jesus also said, Jn. 14:15- If ye love me, keep my commandments. Please notice, there is no emotional feelings on what is right or what is wrong. Religion has nothing to do with our emotions. Our love for God and His Son has nothing to do with emotional feelings, rather it has to do with OBEDIENCE to THE COMMANDMENTS OF JESUS CHRIST, not men.  Nothing to do with how we feel. The Bible says. 1 Sam. 15:22- And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams.  Once again, God commands Obedience, nothing else.

What I failed to realize and do with my travels at one time has taught me a very solid spiritual lesson. If you have the map follow the directions to get to the desired location. Friends we all have the same map, The Bible. I pray that the destination in which you seek is Heaven. I encourage you not to go upon man or your feelings. What may feel right to you may lead you in the wrong direction. Use God's map and Obey His directions.

If I can be of any assistance in helping you with the map God has given us to help you get on the road to Heaven, please contact me. God Bless each and every one of you.

Shawn D. Slone

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