All our lives, we have been taught to attend some kind of religious institution. For those who consider themselves Christian, they are told they must attend a church in order to please God. They are told denominational laws to obey to be in right standing with the church. Some have been told if they don’t, they are going to hell. By the way, that statement isn’t anywhere in the Lord God’s Constitution.
There are so many religions on this earth that it confuses and deceives millions of people, preventing them from embracing the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Lord Jesus is God’s son and His Father gave Him all authority on earth and in Heaven. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:18-19 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 It is because of His God-given authority from His Father that He could tell His disciples that they could make disciples of the nations.
When He made the statement in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, He was speaking One. King Jesus made this statement when speaking to His Father: Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. John 17:11 By the way, that prayer is for all of those who accept the Lord Jesus by faith, without having seen Him in person. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:21-23
The great deception is this: That you have to have a religion to have access to God. Note that I stated God, not the Lord Jesus? Remember, there are multiple religions—Islam, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, to name a few—but only one God.
Humanistic skeptics believe religion to be a coping mechanism—a mechanism of self-comfort to make themselves feel that their life has a higher purpose. While they aren’t necessarily anti-religious, they are skeptical of one religion being valued over another. Not only do skeptics question the authority of religion, they doubt many of the claims people make regarding the religious practices they follow.
Another deception is in the atheistic perspective on religion and God: Atheists view religion as an evolutionary adaptation that has made people vulnerable to whatever belief system they choose. They see it as a crutch for those who are mentally and emotionally weak. They insist that religious practices are without reason and unsupported by scientific fact. They do not believe God exists. Because atheists reject the existence of God or any form of a higher power, they claim that most religions are based on superstition. Some even believe religiosity is man’s attempt to make sense of how humans exist in the first place.
Keep in mind; these are the views of the skeptics and atheists. But you cannot logically understand the Lord God and His creation. There is no room for religious thinking in the Kingdom of God because there is only one leader and King. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Religious thinking divides and separates. Too many people want to be leaders over a large group of people. That equals success in the church world. Religion has become big business and the evil one—meaning Satan—is feeding their appetite with a multitude of lusts and power. Satan has given them the same offer he gave our King Jesus in the wilderness. Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:8-9 The problem with that is, the religious leaders have accepted his corrupting offer, but our Lord and King replied to him with His Father’s Word. Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. Matthew 4:10-11
Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever, because all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. 1 Peter 1:23-25
All scriptures are NKJV unless noted
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