Throughout the years, I have spent a significant amount of time reading books about God, faith and religion. It fascinates me to read about other belief systems and I have always been amazed at all the different theories there are about God. But what amazes me more is how many ways there are to think about God within the Christian faith.
The two obvious differences are Catholics and Protestants, where Catholics have their Pope and their traditions and Protestants are typically more Bible based. Then within the Protestant faith there is even further breakdown…Methodists, Presbyterians, Evangelicals, Pentacostals, Unitarians, and the list goes on.
And each of these churches has their own slant, their own personal agenda as to which areas of the bible they tend to focus on. Then there are all the books that I have read by various pastors, reverends, bishops, even the Pope. All with their opinions about the bible, God, religion, faith, etc.
And for each book that I have read there is commentary online about why this opinion or that opinion is wrong or right. Of course to eliminate confusion, I could just read the bible. But which one in my house should I choose from? The New International Version, the King James Version, the Message? With each bible comes a slightly different interpretation, so its wise to read the bible along with further commentary, or within the confines of a bible study, but which one?
So my thought for the day is this: If there is a devil, and his job is to keep us separate from God, he must be ecstatic. He doesn’t have to do anything but sit back and watch us all fight amongst ourselves about the truth about God so we never actually come together as a united front and put the devil out of work.