The varieties of religious experience are enormous.
According to some sources, there are nearly 40,000 different Christian denominations. But whether there are 1000 or 40,000 flavors of Christianity is not my concern.
What is my concern is what happens when each of those denominations believes that they are right and everyone else is wrong. Such an approach demonstrates a lack of humility, an astounding level of arrogance, and an appalling sense of self-righteousness.
After living for more than six decades, I am convinced that nobody is completely right, and all of us have plenty of room for humility when we decide to project our beliefs on the world.
I am further convinced that spirituality was never about being right - about having a corner on the truth.
True spirituality is about love. Loving God with all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength, and loving our neighbor as ourself.
Jesus even said, "Hereby will men know you are my disciples because you love one another."
True spirituality is not an argument about religious beliefs. Instead it's about who you are and your way of life.
As a physician, I am less interested in your statement of faith, and more interested in whether you love God with all your mind, all your heart, and all your strength, and whether you love your neighbor as yourself.
Your theology may not be perfect, but your heart can be right with God.
When I write about faith and spirituality, I write as a physician and not as a theologian.
I am not an expert in theology, and I don't claim to be.
I am an expert in love - God's love.
God's love is the foundation for my life and is the center around which I organize my existence.
God's love gives meaning to everything that happens.
God's love is a secure foundation. I can let my full weight down on it, and it will never let me down.
I don't need to worry about my anchor not holding. God's unstoppable love is always there. For my entire life, I will sink or swim in His ocean of love.
God's love is the center around which I organize my life.
When problems occur and I get off course, I always come back to the center.
His love points me in the right direction and gives me power for the trip.
God's love gives meaning to everything that happens.
I understand the events of my life by looking through the lens of His love.
God's love sets me free. It never ties me up in knots. It liberates me to be all that I can be.
I wrote a Mega Affirmation that expresses how God works in my life through the power of love.
God is love and works by love, and by nothing else than love. The power and presence of God in my life is love. Every time I see love, I see God's hand at work. Every time I feel love, I experience God's presence and power. God loves and accepts me the way I am, but He loves me too much to let me stay that way. God loves me from the top of my head to the tip of my toes, and it doesn't get any better than that. When my mind is full of thoughts consistent with His love, my thoughts are healthy, and my mind is exactly the way God means for it to be. When my heart is full of emotions consistent with His love, my emotions are healthy, and they are exactly the way God means for them to be. There is no limit to how good my life can become when I open my heart and mind to the power of His love. For as long as I live, I will max out on God's love.
When we open our heart to God's love and dare to call Him Father, we are born spiritually, and we become positive people with a positive way of thinking, feeling and living. Here and now we are God's children.
Toxic faith is the antithesis of God's love.
Toxic faith focuses on always being right.
The entire world is divided into two camps. Those who are right and those who are wrong.
Those who agree with you are right, and those who disagree are wrong.
Your statment of faith becomes your message. It's an argument you have with the world, and it's an argument you must win.
God's love is completely different. It's not a statement of faith. It's who you are and how you live. Your life is your message.
God's arms of love are your arms, God's mouth of love is your mouth, and God's heart of love is your heart.
You are never more like God than when you are loving other people.
After living for more than six decades and travelling twice around the world, I am convinced that God is love, and all He ever wanted from anyone is for them to be loving people.
That's why Micah wrote in the Old Testament, "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."
As a physician, I am convinced that God's love is the cure for what ails the human heart and mind.
I am less interested in the flavor or your spirituality, and more interested in whether it fills your heart with love, heals your hurts, and makes you into a loving person.
In one memorable week of my life when I was eighteen years old, I had five different religious groups inform me that I was going to hell for five completely different reasons.
The overriding reason was because I did not adhere to their specific set of beliefs. That is toxic faith in action.
Victims of toxic faith frequently suffer from spiritual PTSD, and they throw the baby out with the bathwater. They reject all forms of spiritual belief, and they never develop a meaningful relationship with God.
For those who suffer from spiritual PTSD, I have some advice.
Whenever someone comes to you with their particular brand of religious belief, politely listen to what they say. After all, they might actually be telling you something that will make your life better - maybe even transform your life.
After they are done talking, you need to look within. See how what they said makes you feel. If it ties you up in spiritual knots, you can reject it. But if it sets you free, then you are on the right track.
Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." That's your test.
Toxic faith ties you in knots, and God's love sets you free.
Freedom is your holy grail. Don't accept anything less. God's love will set you free.
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