It’s True! It’s Religions Fault

How many times have you heard someone say that religion is the cause of wars and human problems? I have concluded that I agree with that statement. Everything good or bad in this world comes down to religion. Allow me to explain. The official definition of religion is:

1.The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal god or gods.

2. A particular system of faith or worship.

3. A pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.

All three applications of the word “religion” are the basis by which each person decides what their world view and behavior will be. The pharisees asked Jesus by whose authority he taught and performed his acts. They were interested in the source of his confidence, power and teaching. They wanted to verify that he had the same god that they followed. Every person has a basis by which they make decisions and have confidence that they’re doing the right thing for themselves and others around them. From a practical standpoint every person is religious because each person has faith in a source of authority that emboldens them to act. It’s easy to see this manifested in the world’s religions. A belief in a supernatural god is the purest definition of religion.

What about the atheists, agnostics and those who proclaim to be non-religious? They also have a source of authority that they trust to give them a purpose in life. They trust the power and wisdom of mankind. They are secular when it comes to a supernatural god having authority over the affairs of this world, but they are humanists (trusting the power of man) when it comes to finding answers about life and behavior. I read a news account where a young man was asked if he had a religion. He responded that he was non-religious. When asked why, his answer was that religion was a way for past generations to explain what they couldn’t understand, but now science has answered so many questions about life. He also believed that modern man has more insight about life, death and successful living. This young man had reduced belief in the supernatural to nothing but myths. Have men found the answers to life’s purpose and truths through science and ideology? There is no substantive evidence that man has the answers to life’s greatest questions. It becomes apparent that trusting the power of man requires faith in a source of authority without proof that it is infallible truth. Religions based on the supernatural have always understood the issue of faith. Man’s efforts to bring stability and peace to the world has failed miserably. There have been more people killed and persecuted in the name of human ideology than those killed to satisfy the commands of a supernatural god.Historically, those who taught that human leadership and government could bring utopia and peace to the world have killed and persecuted millions in trying to bring these about. The communist revolutions in Russia, China and other countries were not in the name of a god but rather in the name of humans that promised utopia, but they brought death. We could talk of Hitler and other dictators who collectively killed and persecuted millions in the name of man’s leadership. The point is this; trusting the power of man’s intellect and commands is a religious act because it is the authority that those who trust in it, base their hopes and lives on.

Mankind has tried to bring peace by two things. The first is religion based on belief in a god that requires people work to earn salvation. This involves obeying commands that sometimes lead to the destruction of those who do not agree with them. Secondly, Man has tried to bring peace through human invention and power. The problem with both efforts is that neither accept the reality of sin’s consequences and that sin cannot be eradicated by false hope or man’s power. The evil that resides in mankind has not been solved by man’s power or ideology.

I am thankful for the gospel of Christ. Among the confusion and darkness there is teaching that does answer the desires of man’s heart. What if everyone were a christian? What if everyone believed that God manifested himself as the Messiah and loved mankind so much that He came as one of us to pay our sin debt so we could  be forgiven. What if everyone believed in the penalty of sin and saw our willful act of rebellion God? What if they sought God? What if everyone accepted Christ and practiced His teachings? What if everyone turned the other cheek, returned good for evil and loved their neighbor as themselves? What if everyone sought the wisdom of God, obeyed Him and loved Him as He has loved us? The world would be a much different place. Time will soon reveal the truth of Christ. The Biblical prophesies have never failed.

I am convinced that everything good or bad comes down to religion. Of what religion are you?

 

 

 

Never Surrender

Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV)
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

In this world wars end when one side is defeated. This requires a surrender by the side that has been conquered. Surrender means that the losing side must come under the authority of the victor. The defeated relinquishes their freedom to rule themselves and must do that which the victor approves of. There have been many cultures that have come to an end because they were conquered by a stronger power. The Bible tells us that we do not struggle against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:2). This means that we are not warring for the things that earthly wars are fought over such as land, money, power and physical freedom. Our warfare is waged for the souls of men, women and children. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (2Corinthians 10:4). The nature of our struggle is not the same as the world views warfare.

I want to discuss the issue of surrender. The secular world has always declared victory over Christianity and is constantly demanding that we raise the flag of surrender. Biblical values are mocked by secular educators, scientists, philosophers, liberal political leaders and many others. We are told that our message has been rejected and we need to stay silent. The most persecuted people on earth are Christians. There is a reality that the unbelievers cannot grasp and too often the believers forget. That reality is that there is no war being waged. The resurrection was a complete victory over evil. How can one surrender when they are the victors? God did not leave us here after our salvation to wage war with the unbelieving world. He left us here as ambassadors of a victorious kingdom. This world has been judged and will continue to suffer judgment until the Lord returns and reigns on earth. Our task is to show others the way of deliverance from a defeated world. It is also our duty to teach the world how to live the victorious life. We can exemplify in our lifestyle the design that God created us with. We can show the world what genuine love, forgiveness and redemption is all about.

I find it amusing how the wicked are always telling the righteous to surrender their ideas, principles and convictions. They are always claiming victory because they are in authority and have favor of the people. It has never been different since the fall of mankind. It matters not who is in charge or who has the majority. All that should matter to the believer is to never surrender great truths. We must continue to speak often and loudly the truths that God has given us. The world fails those who put their trust in it. Those who come to the realization that something is desperately wrong with this world will need direction and hope. How will they find the way of deliverance if those who possess it have surrendered their voices to the wicked? We must be there for them when they need us. It has been the refusal of the righteous to surrender that has made America the most exceptional kingdom in history. Those who possessed great truths have not surrendered even though there have been times when they were not favored by the majority. The greatness of American democracy is not that the majority rules but that the minority can be heard. The public square has been a place where great ideas and bad ideas alike have been debated. As long as the people can hear an honest presentation of ideas then they can choose their own direction. Conservatives are told that their ideas are no longer favored by the people and so they should surrender. Great truths concerning the success of a nation are always victorious in the end and should not be surrendered. Our nation and world needs the proclamation of truth now more than ever. Truth can withstand the proclamation of evil but evil cannot stand when challenged by truth. With or without the approval of the masses we must never surrender our voices. We are the victors who need to keep the lifeline thrown out to the perishing.