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I have been avoiding making these pages for quite some time, the last time I put them together I felt such anger and frustration about what I was reading that it really wearied me. And when you are learning about so many different religions it takes a toll on your spirit. So, that alone is just cause that I must complete them to show what pure religion is.
Religion; 1. Any system of faith and worship. 2. As distinct from virtue, or morality, consisting in the performance of the duties we owe directly to God. 3. Godliness or real piety in practice, consisting in the performance of all known duties to God and our fellow men, in obedience to divine command, or from love to God and his law. 4. A belief in the being and perfections of God, in the revelation of his will to man, in man's obligation to obey his commands, in a state of reward and punishment, and in man's accountability to God; and also true godliness or piety of life, with the practice of all moral duties.
In other words, man says that religion is the belief something, whether it is of God, a supernatural being, or no being at all, governing the entire world, and our worshiping it. Religion is a system of faith. Religion includes the belief and worship of Pagans, Mohammedans, Hindus, Indians, as well as Christians, and includes false as well as pure worship. Now, lets see that the Bible says religion is:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” - James 1:17-22,26-27.
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“and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Since we belong to God we are to be different then those of the world, we do not blend in with them, we do not live the way they do, and we do not make ourselves the spotlight. Pure religion is believing exactly what the Bible tells us and following that. And that includes salvation by grace alone through Jesus Christ our LORD. We must hear His Word and follow it, not add to it, not take from it, not eliminate it all together. Many people base their belief in God according on whatever religion they were brought up in, and just so you understand, there are over 4300 religions, that alone goes to show you that not every way leads to worshiping the one and only living God.
The truth is, there is only One one God, and only one way to God and that is by believing in and accepting that the Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whom was born of a virgin, died a sinless death on the cross to redeem sinful man, He then was buried in a tomb, and arose three days later so that anyone who believes in Him enjoys eternal life with God. No religion will get you to heaven on your own, no pastor, pope, rabbi, or imam will get you to heaven and God, except Christ. And God is not someone that you can just make up or create an image of all on your own and expect His blessings upon your life. We must believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him alone as our Saviour if we want to get to God and heaven.
"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." - I John 5:1,10-13.
Religion is the worst thing that ever happened to this world. Religion has been teaching people to obey their rules and if they do then they will please God and get into heaven and save themselves from hell. Some even omit the fact that there is a hell at all.
The majority of religion in this world is not pure, and it is not based at all on the Bible, but by some man or woman who believed in God, but did not agree with His Word or only agreed to parts of it. By their own religion they not only corrupt the Word of God, they corrupt themselves, often falling into immoral behavior, idol worship, and in some instances using human sacrifices.
While there are religions that do indeed teach about Jesus Christ, many give a false representation of Him as well, often referring to Him as a mere prophet or preacher. The most common misconception is that Jesus died, but never arose or that He alone is not good enough to redeem us. We have created a list of the most popular religions, what they teach, and whether or not they follow Scripture, with the Scripture to back up their false beliefs.
We are not in any way endorsing or condemning any of these religions, this is for your information to show your the truth from Scripture on whether or not a religion is true.
Click on any link below to view the beliefs of that religion.
Baptist – Baptists believe in Jesus Christ, their religion revolves around Jesus Christ as the head of the Church, but not all Baptists believe the same way, which is why there are many different secs of Baptists, such as Southern, and Independent.
Catholic – Catholics believe in Jesus Christ, but their religion revolves around the seven sacraments, baptism, reconciliation, Eucharist, confirmation, marriage, holy orders (joining the priesthood) and the sacrament of the sick (once called extreme unction or the last rites).
Methodist – Methodists believe in Jesus Christ, but their religion revolves around an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ.
Lutheran – Lutherans believe in Jesus Christ, their religion revolves around salvation and simple trust in the promises of God and Sacraments.
Presbyterians – This religion was started by a former Catholic priest, John Knox, in Scotland based primarily on John Calvin’s theological doctrines.
Protestants – Protestantism is one of the three major branches of secular Christianity, along with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
Pentecostal – Pentecostals believe they are to love God and others, should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including tongues, and healing, are for the church today.
Seventh Day Adventist – Founded 1863 in New England; early leaders: Ellen White, Hiram Edson and Joseph Bates. They believe they are to live in accordance with the Bible, including the Old Testament.
Ladder Day Saints – Gives credit to Joseph Smith, 1830, New York, which encourages man to return to God by faith in Christ, good works, ordinances, and evangelism.
Jehovah's Witness – Founded by Charles Taze Russell, 1879, Pittsburgh. They believe that salvation is through their faith in Christ and obeying Jehovah's laws. The End of the World is soon, only the saved will get to go to live in paradise.
Christian Science – Founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879, Massachusetts. They follow this motto, "Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness and death destroyed."
Scientology – Founded by L. Ron Hubbard. They believe is a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.
Judaism – Based around the Jewish people's covenant relationship with God. Jews believe they are challenged and blessed by God without the need for Jesus Christ. Love of one's neighbor is the great principle of social life and the founding inspiration of the Jewish community.
Islam – Is the belief in its final form by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The essentials of Muslim practice are summarized in the five pillars of Islam – declaration of faith; ritual prayer; welfare; a month of fasting during Ramadan; and pilgrimage.
Buddhism – A way of living based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The Five Precepts are the basic rules of living for lay Buddhists – refrain from harming living beings; taking what is not given; sexual misconduct; harmful speech; and drink or drugs which cloud the mind.
Hinduism – An ancient tradition of related beliefs and practices that developed in the Indian subcontinent. Core ideals and values shared by most Hindus would include respect for elders; reverence for teachers; regard for guests and tolerance of all races and religions.
New Age – Founded by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Annie Besant and, Alice A. Bailey. Dawning of a New Age of heightened consciousness and international peace. Individuals can obtain a foretaste of the New Age through spiritual transformation ("Ascension").
Agnostic – Agnostics believe the truth of metaphysical claims regarding, in particular, the existence of God or gods, or even an ultimate reality, but it is unknown to any of us what that may be and may be impossible to know the truth.
Atheist – Atheists have no belief in God or any supreme being, and since there is no afterlife, this one life is of great importance. Only humans can help themselves and each other to solve the world's problems.
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