Religion, everyone wants one so everyone makes one up.
Why is it that religions around the world tell you that you have to wait until you die before
you will know what your eternal state will be? That you have to be good enough in this life (or the opposite – to strap on a bomb in Jihad) to get into paradise/ heaven/ nirvana/ or a better state in the next life. POPPYCOCK, this is all based on human reasoning of needing to earn our place. Religion is nothing more than man projecting a greater version of themselves onto their deity. They create doctrine based on their own feeling of what their god should be like, even within the Christian Church – thus you have so many sects. But barring the differences, we must not lose sight of the central message of the Bible.
Yaweh – Jesus, who is the God of heaven and who is our Creator and redeemer, not only claims that he is the only way to heaven, he promised us in writing (in the Judeo-Christian Bible) that we can know of our eternal state in the here and now, once and for all! How can he make such promises? We can have eternal life because it was he who took our punishment on Calvary’s cross in our stead. So he has the authority to offer it to whomever he will. Is that not good news?! Why would he want to make it difficult for us, his special creation? Jesus paid the entire price of salvation so it could be FREE to those who want it.
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Who are you Lord?
I AM the creator and redeemer of the entire universe!
I made you and I take care of you because I love you and know that you need me. But I don’t want you to think that I am some impersonal force or entity out there somewhere. No. I made you to fellowship with me intimately – daily, like I did with Adam in the Garden. Since then, I have been trying to get your attention to be able to speak to you. I spoke through men- my prophets in Israel. But beware, the enemy has his prophets as well, to confuse you and draw you away from me – the source of your life.
I AM the God who communicates with Man
I spoke to you through my creation, my word, and so finally I came personally to be with you in the person of my Son – Jesus Christ. But you would have none of me – just like Adam, who chose to die rather than to live with me. So too, I chose to die to give you life with me again. I took you’re your punishment upon myself. Whoever would admit that they are guilty of their sinful state in Adam, that they need me, and would receive my grace and forgiveness; I will place my Spirit in you so that you and I can communicate and be together forever. I don’t want any to perish but all to come to repentance. This is why I made you in the first place – to live with me forever in intimate communion and fellowship. Not for you to try to appease me by some ritualistic, self promoting or self degrading, system of man centered religion as if I need your worship. The fact is – I don’t need you but I want you. The problem is – you need me but you don’t want me. The solution is – those who realize that they need and thus want me will find me because I am leading them to myself.
God is our Creator and redeemer. The two go hand in hand
You can’t have one without the other. We owe God our very lives and he will take them back again. What we do with them in the mean time is what we will be held accountable for. This is what people don’t like to hear and thus create alternative theories of origin to ease their consciences. But even their consciences know better. It is not about you! It’s not about any merit that you think you have. It’s no wonder why religions have, and still do, persecute genuine believers around the globe over these last two millennia. God challenges our human religious philosophies through Christianity and Satan hates it. Christ brought a message of self denial, humility, reliance upon His finished work on the cross and living by the Holy Spirit’s power. Not of pomp, traditions, rituals, good deeds, the reciting of prayers and creeds or anything else which smacks of a wisdom or source from within.
What are we waiting for?
We have a God who created us to be with him forever, died to cure our sin problem, has told us all about it in his word, and is patiently waiting for our response. It is like he is standing at the stadium gates handing out super bowl tickets because he wants everyone to enter. You just have to realize that you can’t buy or earn your way in and take them.
I challenge you to think about the options:
If the Bible is wrong, and the scientists are right about the origins of this life being all that there is – without anything to worry about afterwards; what have you to lose in living a Christian life except maybe missing out on 70 years of partying and the consequences of it? I have found the Christian life to be one of joy, contentment and meaning by living for the good of others. However, if the evolutionary scientists are wrong in their theories about origins, and the Bible is right… This life is all the time you have to turn from your self-worship and receive the gift of his Son. If you don’t; the Creator, who underwent torture, death and hell for you, just for you to throw back in his face, will refuse you before his throne in judgment to spend eternity in a place where his Son does not shine; where scripture calls it “outer darkness”, “where the worm dies not”, “in unquenchable fire”, in absolute solitude, a place “prepared for the devil” – not for you. The choice is only yours; not your parents’, not your priest’s and certainly not the media’s. The stakes are eternally high. To believe will cost you everything in this life – possibly even your family, your social standing or maybe your life, as you become Satan’s enemy. But what will you place your confidence in – God’s eternal Word, or human reasoning? (See my post https://whoareyoulord.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/why-do-the-intellegent-refuse-the-idea-of-gods-word-as-ultimate-truth/ ).
More to come,