My faith is akin to Einstein’s in that it is the mystery of God I find compelling. The “Jesus is your buddy” philosophy of new evangelicals diminishes that mystery and holds zero appeal for me. It’s also a big part of why I’m frustrated in my search for a like-minded congregation in Taipei. My faith fills a spiritual hole for me, but it’s hard for me to nourish it here. I make do with books, Bach, and my baby girl.[/quote]
It’s taken me almost 20 years to find a church I could join and I recently converted from Catholicism. In the meanwhile, I flirted with New Age beliefs and Buddhism, all the while going back and forth with Catholicism. While being in TW I pretty much determined that Jesus and his teachings were the answer for me but the Catholic Church is just too antiseptic for me. Buddhism did enable me to understand the New Testament teachings in a clear manner and even enabled me to define how I “should” practice/understand Catholicism or rather what Jesus was preaching, yet I still needed something that was positive, and encouraging.
Eventually I begin listening to Joel Osteen and figured I would find a church when I needed too. Having a church home, is nice because of the social aspects, but the bottom line to Christianity isn’t where you worship but in the everyday practice of Jesus’ teachings. What’s the point of going to church if I’m not putting in to practice what I believe in. Or rather-walking the walk rather than talking the talk as it’s said.
Even at my new church, I know they are not like-minded or have a great deal in common with me(but I concede to that being a generalization since I just joined ), but I believe strongly in the guidance of God, and so I know without doubt that this is the place I should be. There is something there for me to learn.
Having faith in a higher power is a constant practice. Hell, having faith in general is work. The initial phase IMO is acceptance/acknowledgment that there is One or something, but after that, that relationship is defined based upon how you relate to that Higher power.