To break or not to break (with) the law…
Everybody should be challenged! In what they belief, think and in every day life. Somehow being stuck in routines and traditions, doesn’t seem to encourage this liberty.
Why it is important to challenge yourself? Because it’s the only way to go deeper. There is just one thing holding you back; your comfort zone, the status quo or at least the fear of losing this privelege, which is good old legalism or in other words, living under a or the law of do’s and don’t.
I was challenged to hear God speak to me, all His wisdom and truth through non-christian avenues, which is crazy liberating for anyone who has lived under the yoke of the law.
To only way to get away from the law is to move into grace. And that can happen any way or any time for anyone. For me, once entered organised religion, I just measured myself to the 10 commandments and all the law to see how bad I was.
I tried to do better all the time, don’t be jealous, don’t eat pork, honor your parent, don’t like boys, and at times I held it up quite well, but breaking one means breaking all so it’s no use anyway. Once I realised I was never going to be good enough to keep all good laws, at first I felt a complete hellbound satan’s child.
But God never came at me in judgement or anger, although I would constantly fear that He would loose His patience with me and deliver me over TO evil instead of from it and that at one point the punishments would be executed. Maybe not a litteral stoning to death, but it was gonna be painfull and lead to my utter destruction, if I would not get it together.
From law to grace…
“My mind just shifted. Sin, the law and fear are connected to each other like peace, grace and love are. Get rid of the law and the only do’s remaining are Love, which then becomes the new standard; Is this Love? instead of Is this sin?”
It was a intense journey of itself to get rid of all the things that ‘stood’ between me and Him, but I managed to see how the law had become absolete. How everyone should be alert to not be placed under the law again, by anyone. And that if there is one law at all, its to love each other as He loved us. Against love there is no law. Where there is no law, there is no sin. In love there is no fear because perfect love casts out all fear, who fears has not been perfected in love and is in fear of punishment.
My mind just shifted. Sin, the law and fear are connected to each other like peace, grace and love are. Get rid of the law and the only do’s remaining are Love, which then becomes the new standard; Is this Love? instead of Is this sin?
I know how hard it can be to live under sin conciousness. And I also know how frustrated it can make you feel when you ‘fail’ again. But here’s the thing, once you can get out of it, you see a whole new world. And step by step you’ll dare to believe differently, no matter how many people call you a heretic or disagree. It’s not about them, it’s about you! And I am more than glad to help you get out. I am living proof that you can.
Once I really moved from law to grace, I started to challenge myself to see God outside christianity and man does He deliver! I have countless examples of how He uniquely communicates to me. I already shared how music is just one great way, but not the only way.
Looking back at yourself…
Do you have those moments where you look back on yourself, a year ago or some years ago and noticed how you have changed almost completely in the way you look and think?
And do you also have those moments where you can laugh about how stupid you were at times?
I had such moment last night. I look back on my time under the laws of religion as necessary, because without it I could not relate to others in or past it. And I kinda smile how I was a fanatic in trying to earn my worth, deserve being loved, while I was loved before, right in the middle and now, all along.
“I can honestly say that I no longer fear to be punished, to be stoned to death for not holding up to any stand divine or human, because I am who I am.”
When people go at each other with quoting scripture and trying to convice each other how this rule or that standard should be followed, I immediately see the amount of work I did to focus on love only and stand up against fear, how confusing or weird that may feel at first.
I can honestly say that I no longer fear to be punished, to be stoned to death for not holding up to any stand divine or human, because I am who I am. I have matured in my relationship with Him so much that I feel pitty for those who are stuck and at the same time can giggle over it’s stupidity.
So last night I was watching the latest episode of New Girl, Season 5, Episode 15, called ‘Helmet’. New Girl is just one of those things I would’nt dare to watch without having to critique all that is ‘unholy’ in it, but now can enjoy, no sweat.
To not ‘spoiler alert’ the whole episode, at one point one of main characters Nick comes accross this guy who has his helmet and he asks it back. The man uses the helmet as a portable cradle for his ‘babies’ which are a bunch of fist sized white/yellowish stone rocks.
The man agrees to give the helmet back and takes out the rocks but one of them falls on the floor which makes the man go “Oh, sorry Leviticus.”
It’s funny, right? Seriously, I just cracked! God is so funny! I did not ask for this but I just could not stop laughing.