Which religion is best?

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Religion.  A very volatile subject – not one I would normally tackle.

But yet, I have spent the last 30 years searching for God.  I joined a total of seven different churches and became involved in each one until something began to disconnect.

Always, I was  turned off – the church seemed too much like a country club, the members were unable to accept wonton divorcees like me, or I realized their theology didn’t follow scripture.

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I found God the old fashioned way – in the Catholic Church. Now, I know some of you will take issue with my decision, and my Baptist grandmother is trying to pray me out of hell, but my Presbyterian Daddy has blessed my decision. I am at peace.

Today, I read a touching report of an interview between some Brazilian intellectual  and the Dalai Lama.

It touched my heart since I have been searching for a closer relationship with God and stumbled across it quite by surprise.

The intellectual asked the Dalai Lama which religion is best, thinking he would respond with some Buddhist or Eastern philosophy.  He didn’t.

He responded that the best religion is the one that gets you closest to God – the one that makes you a better person – the one that  makes you more compassionate, more sensible, more loving, more humanitarian, more responsible, more ethical.

We all find it in our own way, we just have faith that we will find it.

3 thoughts on “Which religion is best?

  1. I have had a real struggle with religion also, Emily. First, be aware that the Catholic Church is actually the mother church of all other Christian religions and in that way has a basic connection to Protestant faiths. Second, I had to learn how to embrace the Christian faith without “the club.” The “club” aspect of Christianity is actually an overextension of a love of the culture in which one lives and is mutually exclusive from the essence of Christianity. You are both brave and helpful to Christians by addressing this subject. Fondly, Toni

  2. The word “church” in the scriptures merely means an “assembly” not an institution, so the church is an assembly centered around the person of Jesus Christ.

    If I ever find a perfect church, I’ll join it…then it won’t be perfect anymore!

    Frankly, I get tired of the “my dog’s better than yours” approach that some religious instruction uses to get their followers to proselytize me to their “club.” What really counts is what’s going on RIGHT NOW between me (or anyone else) and Jesus Christ. If we could only get THAT right, I have a feeling that our horizontal relationships with fellow believers would work itself out just fine. Cuz

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