Building Communities “from the Inside Out”
We believe that every discovery in science reveals more about our Creator. Science is the study of God and his creation. In no way does the unfolding of new information about quantum physics, ancient alien visitations, telepathy or other paranormal activities conflict with the multi-dimensional universe that God created. To the contrary, every new thing we learn expands our connection with the universe we live in and empowers us to influence the world around us. In fact it is part of our obligation on this spiritual journey to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into ALL truth, with no preconceived limitations.
Religion is the outward expression of belief that is held in the inward parts of the heart. Or is it? Below we find the comparison chart of “Religion: Power vs Force.” On the left we have the “left brain” version of religion using the check list approach. These emotions register low on the energy scale eliciting fear, shame and submission. On the right we have the “right brain” version of religion, using words of empowerment that lift a person to a higher plane. Some might argue that you need both columns, while others lean more one way than the other.
What do you think happens when the outward expression on the left column is not backed up by the heart-felt emotions of the right column? Is it like a bank not having gold to back up their currency? Could this be why so many people get hurt by so-called religious people and often lose their faith in religion as a whole? People looking at religion from the outside have to be able to see believers who walk the talk in order to fully trust and commit to the truths these believers offer. Actions speak louder than words.
About 70% of Americans identify with the Christian faith. This number is down from 78% in 2007 due to the fact that about 1/3 of millennials have left what they call “man-made” religions to pursue something more authentic and meaningful. They have greater insight into racism, sexism, and religious division than their parents did. This insight makes it difficult to feel completely comfortable in a church setting that is often based on out dated values of judgment and separation. They often encounter the “my team is better than yours” mentality instead of the “we are one” belief system.