The sacraments are placed for a reason, the reason is to put your faith soully in Christ. Teaching aids for your understanding what it is to have a personal knowledge of God. If you miss the purpose of the guidance God gives us in various rites in religion then there is no purpose for them. Focus on the Purpose and not the rite that is there to guide you in your life. While we do honor and respect the Heroes of our Faith we should always remember there Inspiration who guided them all through there joys and heart aches. Most of our Heroes where treated poorly and most of these Saints were Hebrews who personally fulfilled there religious vows and rites, I am sure you can think of several rites they had to go through. But they learned the lessons these rites taught them and thats how they became Heroes. There lessons in faith teach us to this day. Some in Christendom look at their lives as personal inspiration to there own walk of faith. Intention can be seen and heard if you listen to the intentions of a heart instead of the acts(act as in theater) of a heart. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21500116
It is what is in the heart that counts..I agree..heart as in the true essence of oneself..God will not be fooled..and sees everything..
We can hide things from others..we can white wash them and try to appear something or someone we are not..we can fool others but never God..he sees everything..God Presence..Presencia de Dios..
For what you do even to the least among themyou do to Him
Yes, thats the key! God's Presence. Some, maybe many lack this. That Presence is the silver cord connected to the faith that is in your heart. But many do not have this connection. But all can reconnect with God especially and even Christians. Amos 8:11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.....This is that Day, Apostasy dis connection to God, this is not faith. More of a form thereof.......Words that come directly from the Lord are very few and very sparse and we live in that Day of exploitation mentioned in the beginning of that chapter. ...John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.......Many Sheep but so few that can hear Him. They cant hear rather, listen to Him anymore if ever because they tuned Him out.....John 15:5 "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
[Apostasy]... 3You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you..[the message spoken is the direct words that come from the Lord Himself]...verse 7 ..... and my words remain in you. So how does one hear God? It takes faith and trust and patience, well patience is a form of faith. An expectation. Hebrews 11:1 Weymouth New Testament
Now faith is a well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope, and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not see.... The Spirit of God is the witness in every believer. You shouldnt be coaxed by others as to what God is saying in our time and what He means by what He says. All on a personal level. Well we are all connected arent we? or are we? The lack of respect for one another is a sure sign of disconnect from the Shepherd, for He shows respect to all and respect is a poduct or produce of love. Galatians 5:22 Weymouth New Testament
The Spirit, on the other hand, brings a harvest of love, joy, peace; patience towards others
, kindness benevolence;...John 15:5 "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit
/......I see a lot of trash talk I dont see the produce of the Spirit nor are words of the Lord being spoken through the trash talkers. God does not use trash talkers. You reap what you sow.