My Testimony Against Religion

Let me get right to the point before my title gets me in trouble!

 

I asked Jesus into my heart when I was five years old while laying in my bed one night. I grew up in a Christian home and went to a Christian school until high school.  I was a good girl and always tried to do the right thing. I grew up trying to pray, read my Bible, and follow all the rules.  I truly had the right heart as a child behind all of my actions.

 

It was probably around 5th -6th grade when I started questioning the things that were being taught. It wasn’t God’s word, His truths, or Christianity I was questioning. It was all of the rules and regulations that the school I attended taught and some of the teachings from my church that I was questioning. I wasn’t mature enough in my faith to know that a lot of their regulations weren’t Biblical. Looking back, in my opinion, they were just a bunch of nonsense religious rules.

 

In 5th grade we had a Bible study on cartoons like Tom and Jerry and how those were bad. We were made to where dresses or skirts everyday. In 7th grade I had to go to the principles office multiple times due to my skirt not coming to my knees. If the school heard about us going to a movie or concert we would be in trouble. They never taught us the why of anything. There was no mention of modesty or pure thoughts. Just a finger shaking at us. These are just few examples in a big picture of legalism and religion that I started to rebel against.

 

As I got older into my preteen and then my high school years, adults were unable to keep things hidden as well. There were teachers having affairs, as well as people in authority acting inappropriately but still making you feel as though you weren’t worthy. We walked on pins and needles all the time. The ones who didn’t got kicked out of school.

 

When I hit high school I figured they were all a bunch of hypocrites.  I really didn’t want to go to church, pray, or read my Bible. I still believed and loved God with all my heart, but couldn’t live up to the pressure. Sadly, I did my share of drugs and alcohol. I was still one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. I honestly believe that it is only because God had His hand on me and was still working on me and able to use me.

 

When my Dad walked out on our family my faith in people crumbled. Everyone was only out for themselves and wanted to point out why the person beside them was wrong.

 

When I married my  sweet heart at 18 God slowly started working on this rebellion that had developed in my heart. The past 5- 6 years have been a radical growth with God for me. He has taught me so much about what being a follower of Christ is really all about. I hope all the rest I will share can be an encouragement as to what it really means to accept Jesus as Lord of your life.

 

I see it over and over. People don’t want to go to church or hear anything Christians have to say because they call us hypocrites. I don’t blame you one bit. It’s true we have become just that.  You have Christians yelling about gay marriage all the while they are committing adultery. Religion and opinions have snuck into the place where GOD should be. I am here to say that this God we serve is a loving, forgiving, and merciful God. He is not up there sitting out hoops for us to jump through in order to make Him happy. When we try to please the Lord and make Him love us more we have missed the point entirely. There is NOTHING we can do to make Him love us  more. He died the most terrible death imaginable for us before we ever even knew Him.

 

So here is the truth about me and this mighty loving God I serve. I missed three Sundays in a row…so what, He still loves me. I haven’t read my  Bible in a week…so what, He still loves me. I said the word shit instead of shoot…so what, He still loves me. I am throwing the obligations I feel out the window and focus on the only thing that matters JESUS! Let Him lead and guide you to peace.

 

If you are a Christian reading this then lets stop talking so much and start living it out. These non Christians stopped listening a long time ago but they are always watching. Walk humbly when you mess up, because you will. And put that finger away when they mess up. Give patience, love, and forgiveness. That’s what Jesus did.

 

If you are not a Christian and are reading this. Don’t put your faith in us. We will let you down every time. Look to Jesus for your answers and your peace. He has been there waiting for you even if you were drunker than a skunk last night, He is there. Take His hand and let Him show you what He is really about. You will not be disappointed.

 

As of today I am happier than I’ve ever been and it’s only because of Gods strength in me. He gives me strength to stand up and speak when I need to and strength to lower my head, be quiet, and ask for forgiveness. I follow Christ no one else. He is my standard of living. For the rest of my life I only want to speak of goodness.

 

My convictions and rules for my family now are straight from the word of God and what I feel the Holy Spirit is leading me to do.

 

Questions? Comments?  Subscribe and join me on this walk against religion and lets get back to what it is really about… Jesus!

 

 

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30 Responses to My Testimony Against Religion

  • Bella lewin says:

    This is not just a Christian things. I grew up in going to a girl only school, wearing dresses down mid calves. Was told to get married and produce a lots of children ,where not only my nature, but also g”d only purpose for me.
    So friendly greetings form a Jewish mon that keep a kosher house, let’s her girls where jeans ,and think that you prove your value by you do for other.
    Changing the world begin whith inviting the lonely old man in your street for supper.

  • Connie Hall says:

    Amen! Very well said.

    I grew up pretty much the same way you did, sans Christian schooling, but my grandpa was a “hell-fire and brimstone” preacher. A whole lot of rules and the warnings of God’s wrath, with very little about God’s love. He always reminded me of the New Testament Pharisees. Mom called him the “anti-Christ”, because his behavior made her want nothing to do with chruch, the bible or anything even remotely associated with them.

    Thankfully, the Lord worked around all that in my life too, (often with me kicking and screaming). Religion has aboslutely nothing to do with Jesus, and everything to do with people wanting to be in control of of other people.

    I’m with you sister! Lets show the world Jesus!

  • Ugochi says:

    God loves us in spite of what we do… And when we love Him completely, and allow His love to compel us. We will do that which pleases Him only.

  • Shelly says:

    Beautifully written and so true! And no matter what you say I think you are an angel:)

  • Tammy says:

    I am so happy to see you post about this. Religion can really make people go against God. When my hubby and I moved, we have been to 4 different churches and realized in each one that either the preacher wasn’t preaching the Word or most were there for show. We haven’t found a church yet. We can deal with the congregation, but not a preacher who doesn’t preach grace and living by the laws. Being a”Christ Follower” is in your heart, not your works. Follow the word and let the fruit of the spirit work through you and when others see this, they will know what true Christianity is all about.

  • Mandy says:

    Hi Sweet Girl!
    I loved your blog post today. I am a Catholic (which simply just means Universal Christian) and I feel the same passion and love in my heart that you do for Jesus. He is the only thing. THE ONLY thing that matters. I find meaning in the traditions of the ancient church but when it all boils down nothing matters except for Christ’s word. He is the way, the truth and the life. The reason I am Catholic…is only because I totally take it literally when Jesus says, “Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man you will not have life within you.” So, I LOVE receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. For this I will always stay at Church. BUT to just follow rules for the sake of rules is totally not what Jesus wants of us. I am constantly watching myself to make sure I do everything for the love of God and not because I “have to”. It want to love Jesus sincerely…and I believe if I am REALLY loving him then he will shine through me and reach others. I don’t have to talk about my way of communicating with God…i.e. religion… I just have to LOVE Him in others. 🙂 Have you ever heard that quote from St. Francis, “Preach the Gospel always…and only when necessary use words. ” I love that!!! God’s peace to you today!!

  • Becky says:

    This caught my eye this morning as we just had a sermon yesterday in church titled, “Why did Jesus detest Religion?” If one is searching on this topic, I would recommend listening to this message: http://www.bethel-fairmont.org/media/sermons/ I agree that the religion that some have made, Jesus would detest. All the rules and regulations – He always was giving the Pharasees a hard time! But, a religion that brings one into true fellowship with God and his son, Jesus, is one that God himself started. Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. He asks us to take the Lord’s supper to remember him. And always in our love, be obedient to what he requires…attempting to live a holy life. Not as a requirement for salvation, (believing is the only requirement) but BECAUSE we love Him. All those things would be considered “religious”. I encourage you to listen to the message. Thanks, Brittany for your blog.

  • AMEN AMEN AMEN. And when Christians truly start loving like Jesus there won’t be any need to label anyone hypocrite!

  • Amy says:

    Amen to all of this!

  • Neli Moldovan says:

    Speak the truth girl! I grew up in a legalistic home as well, but the Lord in His mercy pulled me out when I went to LU. It is so good to know that I have only to serve my loving Jesus and not worry about what others think! I want to help others by showing the love of Christ not by judging them or telling them how to live. That is the job of the Holy Spirit. Love you girl and praying for you as you will be bringing a new precious soul into the world!

  • Susie says:

    And again-Amen!! Our pastor has brought this to our attention lately as well-we aren’t “Baptist”-we should strive to be Christians! Following Jesus Christ should be our daily ambition!

  • Visiting from a Mama’s story — love the story!

  • Jill says:

    Great post. I grew up Catholic and we have just as many zany rules that don’t seem to make sense…plus the whole priest pedophile scandal. Oy! I left the church for a long time, did my share of rebelling, and then found my Prince Charming. I didn’t want to become a divorce statistic and neither did he so we both turned back to our Catholic faith to find a good base for our marriage. Catholics are far from perfect but I’m glad we have our marriage and family rooted in faith.

    You have to focus on the faith and not fret about the dogma and the failures of the faithful.

  • Susan says:

    very enlightening! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more in the future.

  • Starla says:

    Hey girl, great job! You are right on with what you said about the school. I went there and was one of the “kick outs, you speak of.” I still to this day have a hard time getting through some of the “mess” they brain washed us with. Thankful for a forgiving savior, and knowing I don’t have to walk on eggs shells means alot. I was a good bit older than your dad but was in your aunt’s class. Trust me they have let up ALOT by the time you got there, and now it is like a different school. I have not nor will I ever have a reason to go back there for any reason. Thank you for this, you hit it spot on. Proud of the person you have become.

    • Brittany says:

      Thank you so much! I agree with the fact of it taking awhile to heal and get past the brainwashing. My dad would agree as well.It’s nice to finally figure out that you can be free from all of those high standards and only focus on the ones God sets for us. Thanks for sharing this, you know exactly where I’m coming from!

  • Shannon says:

    Visiting today from Growing Home weekly link up. Thank you for sharing your heart words today and reclaiming Christianity as life lived for Christ! http://vintagehousewife.org/2014/01/14/tastefully-simply-stuffed-cabbage/

  • Well said. The Pharisees’ put their religious “rules” before God’s Word! I gave my life to Jesus four years ago and it has been quite a learning experience; understanding grace is definitely one of the most confusing concepts to me. I grew up in a rules-based church, but attended unwillingly and later left the church.

    Now that my life is dedicated to Christ, I am “re-training” myself to understand that I CAN’T keep all of the rules in my own power and I AM going to mess up (daily!). But, thanks to Jesus and His Sacrifice for us, I am forgiven! … So amazing. God’s grace is truly amazing.

    Thank you for this great post and sharing it on the Titus 2sdays link-up 🙂

  • CJ says:

    You say the things that are on so many hearts whether they know it or not at the time. I keep “stumbling” across your blog from time to time and this is the first time I have read in depth several of your articals. I believe GOD has brought me here to learn from you – and for that I am grateful for you. I have signed up for your emails and can’t wait to get to know you better. Keep saying your truths as you see it. Thanks CJ

  • Maria says:

    I totally agree. I was raised in an ultra legalistic home (to the point of abuse) and went to schools that sound just like the school that you went to. After 30 years, I am only now starting to understand what the love of God is all about. 4 Years ago, I left the church that I was raised in. It has taken this long to empty my mind of all the untruths that we were taught. We haven`t found a new church yet, I am confident that God will lead us to the right church for us. When people ask me what religion I belong to, I just tell them that I don`t believe in religion, and that I belong to the family of God.

  • Jen Stults says:

    I don’t think I’ve read your blog before, but I love this post. There is so much truth here, but the last part strikes me the most, especially your advice at the end to Christians and those who don’t yet believe. Humanity always lets us down, but Christ cannot. 🙂 I’m blogging about hypocrisy today, too, oddly enough. Thanks for sharing at the Homemaking Party!

  • Tara says:

    Really appreciate this post. I think it is what kept me away from God so long, I have had brushes. Stopping by from Wise Women Link Up. Look forward to having a look through your blog. Tara.

  • Patty says:

    The thing many Christians forget is that they are the only Bible many non believers will ever read. Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips while they continue with an ungodly lifestyle do more harm than good for the cause of Christ. The behavior you observed is just like the description in Matt 7:3. They were trying to remove the speck from someone else’s eye with a plank in theirs. Love your post. Keep it up.

  • I very much relate. My dad is a pastor and I grew up a “good girl.” I distinctly remember asking him a theological question when I was about 23 (graduated college and married!). His response was “don’t worry about it. You believe the right thing.” Huh?! With my own children I try to teach them the reasons why we behave and believe as we do. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

  • Amy says:

    Oh this is so true! I am nondenominational and always will be. I see NOWHERE in the Bible that says that we need to get into church and start creating rules that are not based on the gospel.

  • Donna Taylor says:

    What a wise young woman you are. It took me 61 years and going to a lot of different churches to figure out what you just said in one very eloquent post. Even now I do home worship with a group of believers and I have come to feel that they are getting very legalistic. You see, I work for a local hospital and am required to work one week-end a month and they have making me feel very guilty over not being able to attend services on Saturday. They seem to preach “love your brother” but just by them doing the guilt trip thing I feel they are not truly following what Jesus taught. Thank you so much for such a wonderful post.

  • Amy says:

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s such a hard lesson to learn. Unfortunately, for many they only learned religion and not faith, so they couldn’t “keep the faith” when the faced with legalists hypocrisy. Legalism is truly deadly, it sends people to Hell – and that should be something all of us take VERY seriously. It is so good to hear others warning about religion too. Here’s to grace and faith!

  • This is exactly what I have been thinking lately. I have been questioning what the church has been telling me. I want to do what God wants me to do, and not blindly follow what my religion says. Jesus speaks to me and I listen. That’s as far as I’m taking it right now with religion.


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