I noted on the front page that if Jesus goal was to set up a religion he did a bad job. Clearly, God had another goal. For example, more than 1 billion people say they are Christians as saw something in what He did do.
My 7th grader is suffering as they must do presentations of three minutes each and each of them presents on the exact same topic.
She fears boredom. She says this is a bad topic for presentation as they are all about the same. God bless her.
So some traditions say the Lord’s Prayer verbatim daily or weekly. This seems like my daughter’s presentations. God is not looking for human robots. He is looking for a human relationship with the children that he made and drew by his love. The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus never used, like in John 17 for example when he could have if required. The Lord’s Prayer is a model that opens our eyes.
He made us infinitely creative and surely that means a free relationship under our Heavenly Father’s love.
Churches in China and even where I am from in the US create too many structures especially in the high church. God wants more than rote.
I want my children to ask me for things directly and be open in complaining about problems I am causing them that could be corrected. God said he is our Spiritual Father and sees he wants us to be born again.
The Bibles openly lists complaints from Jeremiah where he accuses God.
You deceived[a] me, Lord, and I was deceived[b];
you overpowered me and prevailed.
I am ridiculed all day long;
everyone mocks me.
8 Whenever I speak, I cry out
proclaiming violence and destruction.
So the word of the Lord has brought me
insult and reproach all day long.
Did God just lose control of the text, so this got in there?
God Had Another Goal For Us With Him
God is so open to us, and a Father who wants to hear his children even when they complain.
Jeremiah was tasked to tell his countrymen to surrender to their enemy, so they could be taken away in chains in total humiliation and defeat. Can you imagine in the war running around saying, “Surrender, surrender, God has ordained your defeat!” Of course everyone hated him. God had given Jeremiah a miserable job.
Our Father did not push back at all when Jeremiah complained and then God put the complaint right in the Bible.
God gave the name, Israel, to his people. He could have chosen any name. He chose this name. It means to struggle with God. God openly centrally asked his people to be open, real, and struggle with him. What leader would do that? Only our God could reach that high and give us an example of what real leadership looks like.
So God did not say pray every day and twice in Sundays. He left us little form, but opened the door to us to relationship where we have real feelings and life before a loving Father. See also Faith Without Religion.
Our Father Even Made Us Different
He could have made us all the same. He made us all amazingly different. Even in the my family here, I smile to see how different we are. This is from God who had a different plan.
Thank you God for freeing us to be your little children all our lives.