Atomic Jesus Supernaturalist
Courage of God
It takes the Courage of God not to be taken in by any of the "religions" of mankind.
God Himself walked the Earth in the form of a man named Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus of Nazareth said, "When you have seen me, you have seen the Father."
In saying so, Jesus of Nazareth sealed His fate, as a man. The leaders of religion and politics initiated a conspiracy against the man. Their conspiracy culminated in the Crucifixion.
If Jesus of Nazareth had not been God Incarnate, the Crucifixion would have ended His influence in the world of men. But God is God. In His Incarnation as Jesus of Nazareth, God Himself made it clear that He had come to Earth to rejoin the cosmos of His living Soul in mankind to His eternal kingdom. His work in this matter has proceeded from the moment of its Inception ("Glory to God in the highest and on Earth! Peace! Goodwill toward men!") into the instant of this writing. The conclusion of His work in this matter is summed up in The Revelation.
Until God Himself in His Christ-manifestation begins to make a full end of things as they are in the world today, every living Soul today has the right and the privilege and the responsibility for choosing whatever spiritual allegiance they might choose for their equilibrium here and now in this paradoxical cosmos of Spirit and flesh.
Choosing wisely in this matter is made difficult by the confusion of "religion." Authority of the humanistic "church" is held closely by those who hold that authority. The Declaration of Christ regarding His Spirit, ("My Spirit will lead you into all truth and show you things to come. I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life. Without me, you can do nothing."), has been clouded and confused and ignored during the twenty centuries of humanistic "churchbuilding" that have passed since God walked the Earth.
Without the Courage of God Himself strengthening the penitent and yearning Soul, that Soul is sure to be taken in by one or another of the many, many leaders of "religion" who have sprinkled the passing years with their own interpretations of "who god is and what god means in the world of men."
Many of these leaders have meant well in their efforts to lead their followers out of the darkness and into the light. But the denominational confusion that began to grow around The Cross has not subsided. The world of humanistic "christianity" is a dark, confusing melee of doctrine, dogma, and ritual-behaviour.
It takes the Courage of God not to be swayed by the tempting, fearful appeals of humanistic "christianity." Only God Himself can supply that kind of Courage and He has said, "Fear not little flock. It is your Fatherís good pleasure to give you the kingdom." The size of the flock that would be willing (and able) to follow Him from this world of death into a world of eternal life has been noted by God Himself as "little." Whatever that measure actually signifies in numerical value is known to God Alone. But it is clear enough even now that there are no great numbers of earthbound Souls who have (somehow) found Courage enough to walk away from the politics of humanistic religion and follow the living God "not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit says the LORD of hosts."