I ended my last blog asking this question: What is the leader of the true church, Jesus Christ, trying to tell us?
I think it is this. There is no religion, there’s only family. First let me address the first part of that sentence. I’m going to go to Wikipedia to show you what people other than myself have to say about this subject of religion.
The definition of religion is a controversial subject in religious studies with scholars failing to agree on any one definition. Oxford Dictionary defines religion as the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. Others such as Wilfred Cantwell Smith, have tried to correct a perceived Judeo-Christian and Western bias in the definition and study of religion. Thinkers such as Daniel Dubuisson have doubted that the term religion has any meaning outside of western cultures, while others, such as Ernst Feil even doubt that it has any specific, universal meaning even there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Definition_of_religion
Wow, no religion! What’s your reaction to that statement? Does it offend you or do you agree? I ask that you not have a reaction at all. But instead let’s see if we can understand this subject from God’s prospective. You see, there is a superhuman controlling power and Jesus tells us this about Him at Matthew 23:9:
I ended my last discussion with these questions. Is there any governments on earth that represent the true God? Even one? What about all the different religions on earth, are they from the true God? Is there a true religion on earth backed by God?
We will begin with governments. Which governments on earth represent the true God? As far as I know every nation on earth claims devotion to a god of some kind. As we continue to peer into earth’s affairs from God’s perspective, it should be easy to locate the ones that follow the two laws stated by Jesus when being tested by the Pharisees at Matthew 22: 35 through 40.
“One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”Jesus replied: “‘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. 39 And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Now you may ask, how is what Jesus said to the Pharisees connected to governments of the world? In his day, the nation of Israel was under the rule of the Roman Empire, but it claimed to maintain that it was God’s chosen nation, thereby making it also the kingdom or government of God.
Nowadays when you tune on the news channels they seem saturated with news about wars, the endless list of wars to come, senseless mass killings, and the weather. This in turn has caused an increase in the conversations I have with my fellow humans about God and often I hear the question, “If there is a God why doesn’t He do something about the conditions here on earth?” I have even heard many say after hearing about a car or truck mowing people down, and mass killings in churches that, “If there is a God, He doesn’t care about what happens to us.” First let’s go to the bible for its answer. James 1:13-15,
“Let no one being tempted be saying that ‘I am being tempted by God’. For God is not-tempted by evils. And He Himself tempts no one,but each one is tempted by his own desire while being drawn-away and enticed.Then the desire, having conceived, gives-birth to sin. And the sin, having been fully-formed, brings-forth death.”
This cancer that is consuming mankind is not from God. This world as we see it is not natural, but it is all we know. When one takes the time to look around in nature, to observe the natural order of all things from our earth to the most distant galaxies of our universe, you must admit everything is in harmony or happens for a reason. But the harmony stops when it gets to man. That’s because man has chosen a way of self, instead of natural order. We don’t go with the flow, we fight the flow. This is what cancer does, it distorts the natural order of the body. God is not the cancer, but He is the cure. It’s not that God doesn’t care about people. It’s people that don’t care about people.
Hello and welcome back to kiss it. My last blog was mostly on hellfire, but my underlying focus was on how God has been misrepresented by humans. So, who am I to be telling you that God has been misrepresented? Nobody. I might add that God’s misrepresentation goes much further than that of my previous blog. I call this blog Keeping It Scripturally Simple In Truth, because I go to the bible for the answers on all topics.
You may say, “These are your beliefs.” And you are right, they are, but I believe because as I read the bible I keep finding common sense answers to all my questions. The bible gave me the truth; man gives me lies. The bible has the answers to all the questions about life, aliens, other gods, religion, governments, racism and whatever else you want to know about, if you have the ear to hear. John 10:27: “My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (NWT) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+10%3A27
I will get to all those other questions and more. But first, when trying to
understand the crime, in this case, life, one always starts at the beginning. The bible is God’s way of proving who He is. Remember – and I like to use this metaphor, of a sandwich – you can change the bread which is the bible’s translation, but you cannot change the meat, which is the message within the scriptures. Ready to start keeping it scripturally simple?
Has your search for God been confusing? Maybe, so confusing that you don’t even want to talk about it anymore. With so many different religions, be they Christian or non-Christian, it is easy to become confused about God. How does one know the truth about God with so many different groups saying they have the “only true” way to Him? Maybe we should just give up!