Friday, June 27, 2008

Daily Digest #85

Through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. —Ephesians 2:18

What is the difference between faith and religion? This is the question that oftentimes creates confusion. From the Webster dictionary, faith is defined as "firm belief and complete trust", while religion is "a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith". Though we use both words in godly terms, it is sad that some of us are driven by religious practices alone rather than what they actually stand for. We judge each other by our practices or non-practices, that we forget that God judges only by one's heart. Some may say their ways are "right" and the others' are "wrong", when both parties believe in one God. Who created these standards in the first place? Yes, humans. Many religious groups are scattered because they lose a common, and sole, objective, which is for God.

Each of us builds a personal relationship with God. We have our own intimate ways, which God alone knows. Sometimes, when we set ourselves out in communities and the whole society, we become aware of others' ways, and sometimes they need not be OUR ways. This is not to say that religious practices are worthless. No, certainly not, for they have been here for ages, tested by faith and time. They only become worthless if we make them worthless. It is in each of us if we would do these practices with all our hearts, or just for the sake of following them. And if something leads ourselves farther from God, then it is only right that we do something about it. We can ALWAYS call out to Him, and He will surely answer, His way and in His time.

For this, may we learn to love, respect and be kind to each other. May we focus on God alone. May we bring each other closer to God, and not farther away. May we keep a close relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ. Pray always.

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