essay: Religion

November 6, 2014

Religion is an insult to God… Isa 64:6

Filthy rags (Human good)… Isa 64:6

Highly esteemed among men… Lk 16:15b

Whitewash tombstones/Beautiful outside/Dead mans bones… Mt 23:27

Religious people called “hypocrites”… Mt 23:13-33

Religious people… Lk 18:9-14 ,(The Pharisee and the Publican)

Religion called “demons communion table”.  in the greek of 1 Cor 10:19-21

Jesus said to religious people…”you belong to your father the devil. Jn 8:44

Doctrine of Religion

August 14, 2013

In every religion, the way to be right with God is by earning your way.  Religion is based on worksChristianity however, is different from every religion in this aspect. All religions (including Mormonism, Pentecostalism, Catholicism, Islam, Charismaticism, Buddhism ect.) state that you must earn the right to be reconciled with God.  It is by what you do in this life (good deeds, bad deeds, tongues, baptism ect.) that determines your eternal destiny.  Christianity is completely different from this. Christianity is not a religion.

It can be described this way:

“The difference between Christianity and every religion in the world, is that all other religions are about man trying to reach up to God.  Christianity is all about God reaching down to man.”

This is a very important distinction:

Religion is a system of moral conduct, that qualifies or disqualifies a person based on their adherence and or obedience to certain codes, rules, laws, taboos, or the performance of required acts.

Religion (almost universally) is enforced by those in power, in an attempt to maintain, increase, or abuse their power over others.  Religion is the creation of man and is not the intention or design of God. People have used Jesus to justify adding so many “requirements” to being a Christian.  Here are just a few of the countless examples:

  • Not smoking, or drinking alcohol
  • Not listening to certain types of music
  • Insisting that church meet on certain days
  • Only certain forms of music can be used in church
  • You can’t be saved unless you are circumcised
  • Reciting ritualistic prayers
  • Saying you aren’t saved unless you get baptized
  • You can’t eat certain foods
  • Saying you aren’t saved unless you speak in tongues
  • Salvation is conditional upon attending church or church membership
  • Saying that you have to earn your salvation by doing good deeds

I could go on and on.  When Jesus was on the earth, religion was very rampant, as it is today.  There was a group of corrupt religious leaders called the Pharisees who had taken the word of God, passed down from Moses and the prophets (the Torah), and written a commentary on it interpreting what the scriptures said (called the Talmud).  Then they wrote another commentary on that commentary called the “Mishnah”.  The Mishnah was a list of hundreds of rules to meet in order to insure that you were obeying the word of God.  These were created by man and had little basis in the actual scripture.
For example, one of the 10 Commandments (from the Torah) was, “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy”.  The Pharisees had made literally hundreds of rules in the Mishnah that detailed to the n-th degree what you had to do in order to keep that commandment.  There was a rule that you couldn’t walk through a field on the Sabbath because your sandal might clip a grain of wheat, and if it did you would be harvesting grain.  If you were harvesting, you had worked on the Sabbath and sinned.  Another example is that you could not spit on the ground on the Sabbath because your spit would create mud and this was making mortar.  If you created mortar you were working on the Sabbath and therefore sinning.

Jesus hated this!  He hated the way the Pharisees used the people’s love for God (or fear of God) to control them, limit their freedom, and empty them of the relationship with God that was intended.  When you practice religion, your relationship with God is degraded to a mathematical formula.  Do this, then do this, don’t do that, and presto. . . you are right in the eyes of God.  This is TOTALLY missing the point!  God wants so much more.  He wants to have a real relationship with you.  He wants to show his love to you and He wants you to love Him.  That was the point of the original commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy”.  The Sabbath day was supposed to be a day for us to take a little break from working, refocus on what’s important, spend time with our family, and spend time with God.  You can’t build a deep relationship without spending quality time together.

Religion is an insult to God… Isa 64:6

Highly esteemed among men… Lk 16:15b

Whitewash tombstones… Mt 23:27

Religious people called “hypocrites”… Mt 23:13-33