No more Religion

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(Pro 14:12 & 16:25)  There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 

Most of my church going life I have heard this particular scripture and thought (having been taught that way) that the way that seemeth right was talking about "Sin". Then it dawned on me, when has sin ever seemed right? From the earliest time in our lives we have known right from wrong. That’s why a child that tells a fib will suddenly begin to cry, or will hide to avoid the knowing eyes of their parents. It generally takes time and maturity for a person's mind and will to overcome the natural conviction of right and wrong. So if these two scriptures are not talking about sin then what? The only thing that I know that seems right but then will lead you down a path away from the will of God is "Religion".

Think about this, every Muslim believes that the God of Ishmael is the true God. Buddhist are fully convinced that their chubby buddy, even though he is dead, can still have impact in their lives today. However, it is only the Christian that can declare with proof the undeterminable power of Yahweh God.  But just as the Israelites did, Christians can still turn their face away from the intimate relationship with the Father for a pseudo following made up of rules and tradition that in no way glorifies God. Many Christians have become more concerned with looking "Christian" than with being in a relationship with their Father in heaven. It becomes all about "you can't do this" and "only sinners do that" and "look at me, I keep the law better than those people do so I am better". When I hear folks discussing things that Christ never concerned himself with such as Holidays, and dress codes, and which version of the scriptures to use, I start to realize that the church has begun to focus back on the Levitical laws instead of the greatest commandment. Mar 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Mar 12:31  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

To give any law or commandment salvation authority above Jesus' final word on the subject is to deify the law. Or more specifically to make the law God over Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy3 says that in the last days that "Pride" will lead men to have a form of Godliness, or more specifically to declare that what they are is Godliness, but that in the end they deny the true power of God. To assume that to celebrate Christmas, or to read a translation other than the KJV, or even that your attire can some how affect the ability or power of Jesus to redeem you of your sins is to declare that Jesus' power is not absolute. The bible states "from such turn away". We should be careful that  we do not, out of fear, assign power to a man made law that will destroy us.

We must remember that the Bible says that there is none righteous, but that God is a gentleman and if we want to be judged on our own merits that He will allow us that right. The redemptive power of Jesus Christ is absolute and I believe that His only requirement is that I Love Him and accept the sacrifice that He made for me. If God has given you a conviction regarding a certain thing, that is for you and does not declare that it is a "Law" for all Christians. As Peter said in Acts "but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean." Love God and Love your neighbors, that is how you bring Glory to your Father.