Illusionary living or beyond church Christianity?

When we see small stuff as big stuff, we misrepresent reality by stuffing our mind with distorted proportions. Every lie is big stuff. It’s a loser’s lost cause because even if it appears to win, it loses truth and integrity.

Much of our human perspective is illusionary, but we carry it proudly and refuse to see beyond it. An average person with clear vision will see better than a genius with a skewed perspective. Ongoing concern about what someone thinks about you will compromise your perception of truth.

Every lie you tell (every untruth you quietly go along with) warps your perception of reality. People who are unwilling to change have great difficulty seeing truth. To call irrational thought a sickness is the hopeless declaration that people’s thoughts are beyond their direct control.

If you’re insulted when someone tells you the truth, you’re stuck in your own opinions, desires, and emotions. The mind can rarely see what the angry heart rejects.

Anybody has a right to disapprove of what I say or do. The reverse of that is also true.

From God’s perspective all makes sense, but when I hold on to my blindness, I stay confused. Being in the kingdom of God is to live from God’s perspective with inner peace and joy through the presence and action of His Spirit.

The transition all humans need is to see life from God’s perspective instead of from our own–a heart change, not a body change. Make seeing life from God’s perspective your number one pursuit–the passion of your heart! If you don’t believe that the Creator’s perspective matters, why would you believe that yours does?

The Bible’s written from God’s perspective, not a human one. That’s why even many Christians resist reading it with an open heart. Open the door of your heart to God’s perspective. Let the Son shine within you.

Make it your first priority to see things from God’s perspective and to let Him hold you accountable to His ethics. Self-righteousness is blindness to your own sin. God’s righteousness shows you your sin.

God’s perspective first!
Make Church Ekklesia Again.

Where there’s heart-felt unity, people are seeing from God’s perspective. Where there’s conflict, they’re seeing things from their own perspectives.

The word church isn’t magic. Both a passive audience that gathers for a few songs and a sermon once a week, and the building where they meet are called church. Any group can call themselves a church. Calling a meeting a church service doesn’t make it a gathering of the body of Christ.

What is the source of church hurt? Almost every church attendee has been hurt in the process. They think their hurt was caused by a particular church or pastor. However, church hurt is so universal that I think it’s the fault of a broken religious system. Saying the church, when there are thousands of independent churches and denominations, seems deceptive.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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