Some folks have asked me to clarify what exactly do I with God" thinking that I am against the church, temple, etc. "truth" of who God is. The following diagram I think will
Man has a relationship w/ organizational
church which tells man who God is and how
God wants man to live. Man has no interactive
communication with God other than study
of God's Word as interpreted by church
Man <--------------------> Church <-------------------- God
The organizational church has an
exclusive understanding and relationship
with God for the benefit of the man! Man
lives by the guidance of rules/laws as
interpreted by church leadership.
mean by the difference between "religion" vs. "relationship
which I am not so long as it is teaching/preaching the
explain the difference between the two in a simple way!
"RELATIONSHIP with GOD"
Man has a personal relationship w/ God
thru Jesus Christ which includes dialogue
communication both ways. This occurs thru
the Holy Spirit and by the Word of God.
Man <----------> Jesus Christ <-------------> Father God
\ <----------> The Holy Spirit & the Church
The Holy Spirit and the organizational church
support and enhance man's own private
relationship with God thru Jesus Christ. Man lives
by following the voice of the Holy Spirit as well
as thru revelation received thru the study
of God's Word by the Holy Spirit as well as other
Christopher James Daniel, LPC.