A lady once told to me that she and a group of fellow church members were planning to take a tour of the holy land. She was referring to Jerusalem. I did not say anything.
I could not help but think, however, what makes that patch of land so holy? Is it more special than the ground upon which I am standing now? With all of the turmoil in that region, does it come across as holy? Does the atmosphere there infuse within visitors a sense of being closer to God? Is God’s presence there more than any other place? What runs through the minds of these visitors when they know not too far from them a people – The Palestinians – are in an open-air prison? And, that they are being bombed to bits? That the land occupied by Israel today was once occupied by them? Where is the love and sympathy of these visitors to their holy land towards the down-troddened and oppressed? Holy land? Is there a holy land?
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.