Ephesians 4:25 – Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
Think of your favorite book, movie or song. Something you know like the back of your hand. Something you know every little detail about, something you care for deeply and invoke fond memories. Now let’s say you met someone and started talking and this book, movie or song came up. This person you met has the same passion for it as you do. What a great thing to have in common! Well the more you discuss it the more things don’t seem right to you. Their version seems to be from the same source material but the meaning has completely changed. How can this be?
This happens every day in the form of RELIGION. Men and women have taken the Word of God and manipulated it to fit their needs. Now, more than ever, our society chooses not to confront these people or religions. There is an attitude that “their God is really our God” and in the end “we’ll all be in the same place”. A few years ago Oprah took on this view and stated publicly that there “can’t be just one way to get to heaven”, that God is more a state of feeling than Belief. Wow!
So why confront religions when most people who worship a God tend to be “good people”. 1 John 4:1 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. I mentioned Oprah’s statement earlier and to cut to the chase, that is the most important reason to confront false religions. John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Many false religions claim Jesus but not in the way the Bible does. Many false religions speak of the same God but not in the way the Bible does. Many false religions speak of your salvation, but not in the way the Bible does.
Your Salvation is not earned, it is not conditional and it can’t be lost. It is a gift from God, but only through acceptance of His Son, Jesus Christ as your Savior. Just as it was written in the Bible. Not edited by another, not through some other form of consciousness and it certainly cannot be found in a hat. The Bible and its teachings, in its original form, is all you really need to get to know Jesus.
I read something a few years ago that I feel sums this up pretty well: RELIGION is humans trying to work their way to God. CHRISTIANITY is GOD coming to men and women through Jesus Christ. Are you letting Religion get in the way of the relationship you should have with Jesus Christ?