Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"Holier Than Thou"

Search your heart before the Lord that you do not judge yourself better or more 'holy' than others and deem them unfit for the kingdom of God based on who is more knowledgeable about religious topics. The Father, Who created your inmost being, can search your heart and judge humility and arrogance and it is for Him alone to judge the minds, hearts, and righteousness of man. Do not allow yourself to become proud or haughty in your learning, doing so in vain pursuit of being better than your brethren, but learn for the sake of growing closer to your Father.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed:... ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” - Luke 18:9-14
This is for all the people I know and love who may be in danger of becoming like the very Pharisees that Jesus Himself rejected. Please do not allow yourself to fall into these traps. Throughout the Word of God, it has been strongly demonstrated that faith results in righteousness, not vast theological knowledge. So, this is also for all those people I know and love, who have trouble understanding some of the things they read... in their Bibles, but yet faithfully read it every day anyway...those who may not be a great and famous theologian but who truly seek after God the best way they can. Our God is the God who sees the minds and hearts of all men. Don't accept judgement from anyone except Him.
May we all strive to become more like Him and to grow closer in unity as brethren should, despite our differences. Let us not war with one another - it is enough for us to fight the enemy - we should not be beating down our other family members in Christ. ♥

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