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Should You Trust Religion?

21 April 2013, 09:19

Why Question Religion?

Suppose you need to have surgery for a life-threatening illness. You would want to have the utmost confidence in the surgeon, since your life will be in his hands. Would it not be prudent to review his record of experience? Similarly, it is wise to examine religion carefully. If you belong to a religious organization, you are, in effect, putting your spiritual life in its hands. This includes your prospects for salvation. Jesus provided a standard to help us view religion objectively. He said: “Each tree is known by its own fruit.” (Luke 6:44) For example, when you look at a particular religion or denomination, what fruitage does it bear? Do its religious leaders place excessive emphasis on money? Do its members follow Bible principles regarding warfare and morals? Finally, is any religion deserving of trust? We invite you to examine the following articles.

Can You Trust Religion Regarding

Money?

Estelle_ was a regular churchgoer with several children. “I told my minister that I wanted to learn about the Bible,” she says. But he never offered to teach her. Finally, she stopped attending church. She continues: “The church officials wrote and basically said that if I could not be there, just send money. I thought, ‘They don’t care if I even attend; they just want my money.’ ” Angelina, who has always been religious, said: “In my church, they passed the basket three times during each worship service, and we were expected to give each time. They were always asking for money. I thought to myself, ‘They do not have God’s spirit.’ ”

Do the religions in your area employ direct or subtle pressure to obtain money? Is that in harmony with the Bible?

Can You Trust Religion Regarding

War?

Alberto served in the army for almost ten years. He recalls: “Our chaplain blessed us, saying,

‘God is with you.’ But I wondered, ‘I am going out to kill, yet the Bible says that “you shall not kill.”’ ”

Ray was in the navy during World War II. Once, he asked the chaplain: “You come onto the ship and pray for the troops and for victory. Doesn’t the enemy have the same arrangement?” The chaplain answered that the Lord works in mysterious ways. If that answer does not satisfy you, you are not alone.

Can You Trust Religion Regarding

Morals?

“I went to college with many who claimed to be religious,” says Sylvia, who works in the healthcare business. “Yet, they cheated on tests and took illegal drugs. Religion had no effect on their personal lives.” A man named Lionel states: “My workmates lie and call in sick when they are not really sick. Religion is something that they have but don’t use—like a piece of furniture just for show.” Religion does not exert a powerful moral influence in the lives of most people. Many today have “a form of godly devotion” but prove “false to its power.” (2 Timothy 3:5) Their religious leaders have not set the right example, nor have the clergy given their flocks the needed Scriptural counsel to live morally. Little wonder that many believe that God is not interested in the way they live.

What then?

What then? Must we then conclude it’s no use following religion, because of its record and reputation? Many have concluded that’s it’s better to stay without religion or become atheists. Fortunately, just like a needle that a lie somewhere in the haystack and it’s not easy to identify, it doesn’t mean the needle is not there. It takes an honest-hearted, sincere person to search through the haystack to find this ‘needle,’ TRUE RELIGION. It is available and it’s operating full force. Fortunately, you’re not left to search on your own. The Bible, a reliable source of identifying true worship, has helped many and hopefully you, to identify true religion. Your eternal future is at stake, so it is vital that you take the steps now, to see it and start associating yourself with it.

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