Yeah! Exactly! Those jewels down there were from the article in the link in the Reverend Cactus Jack’s OP.
"However, a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, conducted jointly with the PBS television program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, finds that many of the country’s 46 million unaffiliated adults are religious or spiritual in some way.
Two-thirds of them say they believe in God (68%). More than half say they often feel a deep connection with nature and the earth (58%), while more than a third classify themselves as “spiritual” but not “religious” (37%), and one-in-five (21%) say they pray every day.
In addition, most religiously unaffiliated Americans think that churches and other religious institutions benefit society by strengthening community bonds and aiding the poor."
â€˜No Religionâ€™ on the Rise: 19.6% Have No Religious Affiliation - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
The true Church is not primarily defined as an “organization” even though it does have organization.
It must have organization because the church owns infrastructure and conducts business, pays salaries and light and water bills, etc, and manages large piles of monry that funds hospitals, nursing homes, schools, colleges, universities and world evangelism.
But the true Christian Church is an unseen spiritual kingdom made up only of people that are trusting in the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior and therefore have a clear sense that their sins have been forgiven.
God and His Christ says boldly and specifically that the world’s religions cannot be harmonized.
God and His Christ says boldly and specifically that faith in Christ is the one and only way to Heaven.
God and His Christ boldly and specifically contradicts your position and says, in so many words, that you are totally wrong.
**The Boy Scout Analogy. **
You may continue to believe that a “Boy Scout” can slap old ladies in the face and drag them across the street and still be a Boy Scout, but you believing that, does not make it true. (The Boy Scout analogy means that you may continue to claim to be a Christian while denying the core message of Christianity, namely John 3:16 and the book of Romans etc etc etc, but you believing that you are a Christian while you keep denying the core doctrines of Christianity, does not mean that you actually are a Christian.)
But cheer up, you have lots of company. There are large numbers of people in the world within organized “Christianity” that claim to be Christians that do not believe what God and His Christ said in the New Testament. The Unitarians and the Episcopalians come to mind. To my best knowledge you can be a Unitarian or an Episcopalian and be in good standing with those “churches” while boldly proclaming the entire New Testament to be a load of pure nonsense as long as you give, at least lip service, to the Golden Rule as being a nice ideal.
An analogy: You could convert to Islam, and then announce privately (it might be safer for your longivity if you announced it privately) that you did not believe in the Koran, or in Islam’s prophet, and in any thing else that Islam taught that went against your “We Are The World Religion” … yet you could insist that you had truly converted to Islam.
Another analogy: You can claim to be an American while repudiating the core values of America. How so? Answer: Merely issue a proclamation that says I Jazz am a good American even though I reject as untrue the core values of America.
** Rodney King Writ Large. **
By the way, your “religion” or your “Christianity” is nothing new, its been around for centuries, its nothing more than the old “Fatherhood of God – Brotherhood Of Man” false religion of those who want to get rid of disharmony and conflict in the world through the establishment of a Universal Religion, IE God is the father of all men, and all men are brothers.
Put another way, your “Fatherhood Of God – Brotherhood Of Man” universalism is
nothing more than Rodney-King-Writ-Large-With-Religious-Conotations: "Why can’t we all just get along?
** Let us contrast what the Lord Jesus says with what Jazz says: **
Jazz Said:“Many of us find spiritual fulfillment and sustinence without aligning ourselves with organizations that have agendas - such as proselytizing and various other indicia of narrow-mindedness - with which we are profoundly uncomfortable.”__Jazz
Jesus Said: “I am the way, the truth and the Light, no man comes to the Father except through Me.”
** Jesus Said:** “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. and "This is the will of God, that you believe on Him who God has sent [IE His Son the Lord Christ]
Jesus Said: "If you believe not that I am He, you will die in your sins.
Jesus said:** “For God so love the world that He Gave His only Son that whosoever believes on Him will not Perish but have eternal life.
Jesus Said:** “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Jazz Said:** Many of us find spiritual fulfillment and sustinence without aligning ourselves with organizations that have agendas - such as proselytizing and various other indicia of narrow-mindedness - with which we are profoundly uncomfortable.
The Lord Jesus: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
Jazz Said: Many of us find spiritual fulfillment and sustinence without aligning ourselves with organizations that have agendas - such as proselytizing and various other indicia of narrow-mindedness - with which we are profoundly uncomfortable.
Jack Says: You have no idea how anti-Christian your statement up there sounds to any one who has seriously read the words of the Christ and His apostles in the New Testament. Are you not aware that the entire New Testament is about what you choose to call “proselytizing and various other indicia of narrow-mindedness.”
I can round up dozens of clear New Testament texts that will clearly prove that the Lord Christ boldly contradicts Jazz, but I think your mind is locked down.
I think you will continue to endlessly proclaim as true that which you have made up your mind that you are going to believe regardless of what evidence is presented to you.