maybe the exercise we should be doing as second generation Christians is to find the meaning of the Bible without the rose colored glasses of whatever religion or denomination that we claim to belong to. Because until we come to the conclusions of our faith for ourselves, it’ll always just be a facade… your faith is not real until you experience it for yourself. faith is primarily experiential and not cerebral.. there are things that we just go through to understand our faith..
read the bible without the lens of Christianity.. read it as a collection of stories and come to your own conclusions about God. this exercise is essential to painting the picture of God for yourself. don’t read the bible trying to confirm the already set in stone theologies or doctrines of whatever faith you belong to.. read the bible to find what the bible says about God on its own… because when it’s all said and done, if your religion has gotten anything right, chances are you’ll come to the same conclusions. if not, then true soul searching needs to happen..
as second generation Christians, we read the bible and go to church and build our faith on a house of cards from the get go because we haven’t been given the opportunity to truly come to our own conclusions.. it’s akin to brainwashing. we need to read the bible to find the God that the bible describes, not what our religion describes.
we conform because we don’t know any better because if we’re honest with ourselves, we haven’t really gone to look for God on our own.. it’s easier to conform to the “faith” we have been taught.. but perhaps our faith is meant to be questioned and to stand tall if it is indeed true.
how many of us know what our religion believes completely anyway? I would contend that on a percentage scale, we know specifically about 50% of what our religion is really about.. what about the other half?
bottom line is go look. go see for yourself that GOD IS GOOD.