Are You Religious?
by Danny Bunn
Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, Baptist, Methodist, Calvinist, Pagan, Infidel, 7th Day Adventist, Christian, Evolutionist, Agnostic, or just your everyday Street Person, Businessman, College Student, or a so-called Atheist even though they do not exist, whoever and wherever you are; are you religious?
I have heard so many different thoughts on religion so I would like to give some feedback too. The bible (KJV) defines religion differently than dictionaries in this world system.
The word of God says in James 1,
"26 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.
27 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."
The above quote tells me that most Christians are not religious at any given time in their lives and then there are a few Christians that are religious at different times in their lives as they are submitting to God and resisting the devil, walking in the Spirit and that is a day to day experience, moment by moment as they look to the author and finisher of their faith, Jesus Christ.
Now I want to talk about a dictionary definition of religion even though they do not agree with each other but summing them up as best I can, religion is basically the worship of God or gods. So based on that definition then I could safely say that all are religious since all have the one true God or a god of their choosing in their lives. Whatever you submit to, lean on is in reality your god. It could be sex, drugs and rock and roll; or it could be your wife or husband or your job or money, strength, etc. What we basically live for is our God/god.
Our religion helps define how we live, think, and act. If we believe we came from a monkey we would tend towards the same morals, absolutes as monkeys have. If we believe we came from God the same truth would apply. Christians who believe in the God of the bible would act as he would want us to act towards one another.
One very clear scripture is Matt 7 "12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
Think about that, we would do to others what they should do to us not what you would have them do to you but what they should do to you then you would be moving in God's law of love. We are not to do unto others as we would have them do to us, we would have them do different things based on our mood, so to speak but as they should do for us is not based on preference at any given time.
Religion also deals with the questions such as "Where did we come from? Where are we going? Why are we here? In other words, "What is the purpose for life?" Religion seeks to answer those questions from Christianity to Buddhism to Evolution and many, many more religions in between. Mankind has sought to define or answer the questions to life for us but common sense would tell you that the one who has always been here should have the best answer to that question and as far as I know the only one who makes that claim is the God of the bible. If you have someone with a beginning or will have an ending then he would be the one you should not put your trust in since he could not possibly answer your questions since he would have a lot of problems on his plate not knowing where he came from or where he is going or even what tomorrow holds for him since any god who has limits could not be God by definition that the God of the bible defines himself as. He lets us know that he had no beginning, he will have no ending, that he is everywhere present, that he is all knowing, A timeless, limitless being the bible describes would be the only one who could take care of you for eternity. If he worked his way to godhood, you could not trust him. He would be limited in knowledge, in love, in understanding, in purpose or in other words, in anything and everything else, A limited god cannot be trusted, he must be unlimited to know about everything amd that is common sense or royal sense, so to speak.
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