Stepping Heavenward


At the moment I am reading a book called "Evelyn". It's the true story of the Doyle family and is set here in Ireland-in our capital city Dublin. The story is written as seen by nine year-old Evelyn. Evelyn's mother ran away and abandoned her husband and six children, leaving their father, Desmond, to cope alone.

Short of funds and not sure what to do, Desmond put his children into orphanages until such time as he had a good job and could take them home and look after them properly. When Desmond went back to the orphanges a year or so later, he discovered the horrifying truth...that his children could not be released back into his care until both he and his wife signed the forms. Obviously, this was a little difficult since his wife had left the country with another man and nobody knew where she could be found.

Thus the long hard fight to get his children back and to change this Irish law started.

Although not a Christain book, "Evelyn" is a touching story which shows young father's love for his children.

But another thing that stood out to me as I read the book is this:
The Doyle family were Catholics, as are 90% or more of the people in this country.
And again I realised how blinded the people around me really are, how lost, and how they are wound up in rituals, thinking that this will save them.

Just the other day my sister and I were on the bus coming home from being in town, and Eloise pointed out to me that a few people up the front of the bus crossed themselves profusely, three times each, every time we went past a church.

The Catholic people here in Ireland,(and probably most countries around the world) think that so long as they cross themselves when they pass a church or statue, go to Mass once a year, light a candle and say half a dozen "Hail Mary's" they will be okay! How wrong they are! These things don't save them, these things don't make them Christians! They are putting all their faith in religion and practices.

Personally, I do not like the term "religious". Every time I hear that word I think of empty, meaningless and pointless rituals that some people go through in a hopes of being in the "Good Books" with God.

Christianity is far more than all this. Ultimately God isn't as interested in the religion as He is in the relationship. We don't need to go through life carrying a long list of rules and regulations that we must cross off our list after completion. This is a binding "religion", so different from the truth of the Bible: "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free".

Free to live as we please? No, to be free of the bondage of a sinful life, but also to be free of being slaves of meaningless rituals and motions with no value. What's the point in "rituals" if you don't know the one your doing them for?

"God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts"


  • Thanks for your thoughts

    God bless
    Maria in the UK

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:57 AM  

  • Celest -- this is a great post! You have written about something very important -- relationship with God.

    John 17:3
    "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."

    Jesus prayed this in the garden just before his trial and crucifiction, so it must be important.

    By Blogger jamie riley, at 9:22 PM  

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