1 a : the state of a religious a nun in her 20th year of religionb (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance2 : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.Webster’s Dictionary.
Growing up I attended the Catholic church and I even was an alter boy. I truly enjoyed the Sunday mass where I assisted the priest in the practice of reading the bible by holding the book in front of him and then preparing the Lord’s table. The priest would then give the sacraments to the congregation.
At the age of 14 I made a declaration of making Jesus my personal Lord and Savior. This is done by as the bible says in Romans 10, confessing with my mouth what I believe in my heart, that Jesus died on the cross for my trespasses and arose again from the dead that I might be saved from my sins and eternal damnation. I understood that He is the Lamb of God sacrificed for me to be clean.
Later in life I found myself in the worship and devotion to deities. This is Santeria which includes making animal sacrifices. The animal sacrifices were depending on what these deities requested either for cleansing or openning ones paths. The blood spilled would achieve the result the practitioner is looking for or needs. Santeria also included the reading of coconuts or tarot cards to see what are the issues one is facing.
But one day I heard an audible voice remind me of the sacrifice Jesus made for me and a question. What Is more important the blood of an animal or a human a pure human? The answer was clear and simple to me so that was it for the practice of Santeria for me and a new found love for the bible awoke in me.
I have found that religion is not faith. What is faith? What is your religion? What is your faith
To be continued……