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3/15/2009 ~ The Word Religion Strikes Fear!


... "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; ..."
~ Acts 17:22


RELIGION = FEAR OF HIGHER POWER

... we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, ... ~ Hebrews 12:28-29

God holds eternity in His hand.
We need to trust in Him;
~ Understand His given Word.


... according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee ...
~ Acts 26:5-7


The world and Paul had been exceedingly religious.

... being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers ...
~ Galatians 1:13-14


RELIGION

  FEAR            SYSTEM  

Jesus did not come to bring religion.
There has been religion since the beginning.


... it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to
the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock ... ~ Genesis 4:3-5


Jesus Christ came to direct true and proper worship to the living God.

"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
~ John 4:24


... an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One
whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: ... ~ Acts 17:18-23


Paul was chosen to convey Christ's message to us all so we can know Him.

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD

"... in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your
own poets have said, For we are also His offspring." ~ Acts 17:24-28


We did not make God, He made us.

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
~ Proverbs 14:12


We donít author the doctrine of God.
The God of Heaven has given His Word for us to know Him.


RELIGIOUS EXTREMES OF MAN:
THROW OUT ALL RELIGION    ↔    UNITE ALL AS ONE

... "I am the LORD, and there is no other." ~ Isaiah 45:18

We need to have the proper reverence for God,
- not reverence for practices of men.

God does not see those things men do for men as worship to Him.
He has made it clear how He wants to be worshiped.
Commandments found in the New Testament.
~ From the inside and not the outside.


... Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. ...
~ Isaiah 1:11-17


We need to search out God and do what He has asked us to do.

For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God
more than burnt offerings. ~ Hosea 6:6


HUMAN QUEST FOR IDENTITY:
1) How did it all Start?
2) Why are we Here?
3) What are our Morals?
4) Where do we place Certainty of Knowledge?

God started it all for us to know Him in goodness while being thankful.

... He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world
in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. ... ~ Acts 17:29-34


If you serve the right God
~ you will repent and believe in the resurrection of Christ.


"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now
commands all men everywhere to repent, ..." ~ Acts 17:30

               └─> For the Hindus, Buddhists, Islamic, etc., all people.

... necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for
the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. ~ Jude 1:3


God Himself has delivered the religion He commands man to follow.
It is the one way, from the One God, His truth once delivered, the only way.
All constructions devised of men are plagued for doom and destruction.
Either you believe this or deny this; there is no forgiveness for ignorance.
To remain oblivious or to deny Him is to follow Satan to hell.
There is no gray area.
This is God's truth.
Manís been told.


RELIGION IS NOT WRONG,
WRONG RELIGION IS WRONG.




 

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