When I was growing up a big deal was made about what was the “right church” to go to and what wasn’t. Religions, other than the one I belonged to, were made to seem almost evil…. blasphemous, pagan… intentionally leading people astray. No doubt, they would all be tossed into some kind of “lake of fire” as punishment.
Doesn’t really matter that I tell you which religion I belonged to because a lot of religions are just the same. There’s a “true church” to belong to and there’s a “wrong church”… a correct religion and an incorrect religion.
Over the years I’ve come to the realization that this is absolute garbage.
The “true church” is not a religion, the true church is the heart we are given, the body we inhabit, the soul that guides our lives. What we do with these things is what matters.
If the heart is employed to love, to foster unity, to treat people with kindness, to nurture, that is the true church.
The “wrong church” is when a person uses religion as a tool to hate, to exclude, to wage war, to judge or to pretend like they’re better than everyone else. The wrong church is using the gift and the power we were given to intentionally harm people.
Even all those years ago when I was very small I knew this to be true. Not even sure where that came from… but I know now that I’m far from being alone in my thinking. Buddhists have known all about this for thousands of years. Jesus knew it and taught it. From what I’ve gathered from my limited studies, the Prophet Muhammad taught this same lesson as well.
If it’s true that God was created in our own image, then perhaps he understands us a lot more than we think… the decisions we make… the mistakes we make… our true intentions.
I do wholeheartedly believe that our bodies are our temples.* And if that’s true, our “church” can be anywhere we are at any time.
*Source: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
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