Is It Possible To Go Too Far With Your Faith?

Recently, Jay Leno made a joke that offended some Sikhs. Last night, I saw a news commentator discussing this, and he said something to the effect, “some people take their religion too far.” I think he was expressing a fairly common belief in our culture. It’s fine to believe whatever you want, just don’t let it affect your life too much. If you take your beliefs too seriously, you’ll turn into one of those extremist religious wackos.

Is this really true? Well, I suppose that depends on what your religion is. Let’s just look at biblical Christianity. Can it be taken too far?

Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was. His answer,

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (Matthew 22:36-40)

Matthew 5:43-45 tells us this love for others must be extended to all people, even enemies.

Is this something that can be taken too far? Would this lead to hatred and violence? Certainly people have committed all sorts of atrocities in the name of Christianity, but their actions couldn’t be more unchristian. They aren’t taking Christianity too far. Quite the opposite!

God insists that if we follow him, we go all in. In Mark 12:30, we are commanded to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” God demands we follow him with all we have and all we are. (See Luke 9:57-62 and Luke 14:25-35 for more about how much God demands of his followers.) We are told that moderation in our faith is a virtue. However, in Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus tells us this “virtue” of not going too far actually makes him sick!

As for me, I want to be all in. I want to fallow Jesus all the way, and do whatever he leads. (Of course, I fail and fall short with alarming regularity, but I want to do better.) How about you? How far do you want to take your faith in God?

3 Replies to “Is It Possible To Go Too Far With Your Faith?”

  1. I am currently in california living with a christian family. we have a 3 hour bible study once a day monday through friday and an additional 2 hour meeting at night. the rest of the day is spent doing chores and in prayer. there is no t.v. no radio and the internet is monitored by the house mother. I am chastised for listening to “ungodly” music like jars of clay sonicflood and dc talk.the reason is they have too much of a beat. we are expected to spend a minimum amount of time each day in prayer and are expected to repent to the house elders any sins we feel we commit so they can tell us how to deal with them. I am feeling overwhelmed and have decided this is too much. when I told them I wanted to go home they have changed over all ministries in the last few days to chastening tales of turning your back on god and going to hell. I feel guilty because they have been helping me tremendously but I also feel like it is insane to live a life where you can not have hobbies or play sports or draw or any of the things normal people do… Am I being guilted by these people or by god i do not know but I feel like I no longer want to do any christian activities because of this. I am searching desperately for some outside advice as the only people who are outside of this house that I am in contact with are not spiritual and every one here is in a state of perpetual conviction. I know that god says give your life wholly to him but we literally do nothing but “chores and church”. am I going crazy or am I truly in a bad place

    1. Hi Mark : You know that in every day life , if we are sick , as we know that until we know Christ as our Lord and Savior , we are all sin sick , we need medicine !! We know that all that we need in our Spiritual life is the Gospel !! We take regular doses of it daily!! But as you also know , that if we force someone to take megadoses of medicine , it will make them sicker ! We can’t make others live by what the Spirit tells us to live by ! That has to be a personal choice!! That is what the Holy Spirit does for us ! The Bible says that He is our teacher and guide ! He convicts us of the things that God is not pleased with !! Sounds as if these folks may mean well , but may be cultic ! Pray to God , and He will not lead you wrong ! Go Bless You Mark , whatever you decide ! Stay in God’s grace !!!!!

  2. I have a friend who is following god but it’s getting creepy. It’s churning into hate and other stuff. I’m getting worried and I miss the old him. What do I say and do. Every time we talk and stuff it ends in a gruesome religious argument.

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