Trying to find where we belong

My husband has been searching for a church for us for quite some time. We were members of one in a nearby town until we questioned practices and were basically ostracized. This happened around Christmastime, when the church was planning activities to invite the public to. We thought that not doing all of the comfortable/typical/worldly Christmas activities would help us stand out as a church and do more for the Kingdom of God than decorating Santa cookies etc. The problem was, that the church leaders were not willing to let go of man’s traditions. They thought we were taking the joy out of life and being legalistic. We thought we were stepping away from the greed/envy/jealousy/stress etc. that the holiday season brings with it.

My husband has looked into so many different Christian denominations. Some are pretty close to what we believe and some are way off. Most recently, he has been looking into Judaism. Christianity hasn’t felt right, so he’s digging deeper into the roots of our faith. Jesus was Jewish, and followed the Jewish practices. Whether Jesus was or wasn’t the messiah, he was Jewish. If we’re supposed to follow him to the Father, shouldn’t we be following Jewish beliefs?

Worrying about what the right religion to follow is, has caused many sleepless nights for my husband. I am so grateful that he is our family’s spiritual leader, and that he really cares about our relationship with God. My constant prayer is for God to show us the path to follow, and how to be who He wants us to be. I think God has been answering my prayer through our religious transition over the past several years. We went from believing everything we were told to be true, to actually doing research and trusting our guts. When something just felt wrong we would do research and find our feelings to be justified.

Whether we convert or not, my husband found something very interesting in his research. He read about the seven laws of Noah. These Noahide laws are supposed to be a binding set of laws for the “children of Noah” which is all of humanity! These laws are said to assure those who follow them “a place in the world to come”.

Here is the list he found…

1. Do not deny God

2. Do not blaspheme God

3. Do not murder

4. Do not engage in illicit sexual relations

5. Do not steal

6. Do not eat from a live animal

7. Establish courts/legal system to ensure obedience to said laws.

We know we are far from perfect, but we are striving to be what God designed us to be. We want to set a good example for our children and set them on the right path. We don’t want to give them mixed messages, and confuse them about our faith. We are growing in our faith all the time, and learning new truths as we do. My oldest child is 12, and has experienced some changes in our belief system. I really want to find truth and our place soon, so the little ones don’t have to experience the confusion and stress of sorting through mistranslation, flat out lies and discrepancy.

Feeling Great

As you may know from previous posts of mine, I have some trouble finding time to get into God’s Word regularly. My husband also blogs, and does research before doing so. When he does his research we get into the Bible more, and have meaningful conversations about our faith and beliefs. I really enjoy this time. I get to spend time with my husband having “real” conversations that actually affect our lives and futures, it gets me thinking more about God, and it gives me the desire to learn more and apply what I learn.

My husband’s research often leads to us learning that what we have been taught in church for so many years is often flawed, or just plain wrong. It can be quite shocking at times. Take an idea like the Trinity….. Father, Son and Holy Spirit as one, yet separate. We learned this as truth, and most churches say it’s one of their core beliefs. Is it biblical? After my husband did some digging, we no longer believe it is. God and the Son are separate, and not equal. Jesus himself says that the Father is greater than he is. Why does the church push this idea of the trinity on us? I am not saying that any part of the trinity doesn’t exist, but it’s not the way the church has taught.

I will provide a link to the blog my husband has written which has quotes, and videos that discuss this topic further.

https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/34657727/754073136

I just wanted to write today, to say that it is amazing how devoting even a rather small amount of time to God’s Word can really change your attitude and relationships. It’s a wonderful feeling. 🙂