How to distinguish the True from the False Religions

"But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." (John 3:21)

Description and Meaning of Religion

 

According to the Webster's New World Dictionary religion is "any specific system of belief and worship, often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy."

Generally speaking there are only two basic forms of religions - true and false. In principle there can be only one true religion and all the others are false. The source of true religion can only come from the One True God, and false religions can either come from man or the devil.

Criteria for Selection of the True Religion

There are ten factors that determine which is the True Religion.

 
 
  1. Have accurate and inerrant source of information from God.
  2. Has the truth on the origin of the Universe and Life on Earth.
  3. Existence of the One True God and not multiple gods.
  4. Nature of the Personal God who interacts with humans.
  5. Messiah is the human Incarnation and the Son of God
  6. Believers can receive salvation and entrance to Heaven.
  7. Has moral Teachings for the Living.
  8. Has the truth on what happens to Humans after Death?
  9. Has the truth on Wrongdoing and Suffering in the World?
  10. Supernatural Experiences such as miracles, healings, etc.
 

Christianity is the only one that meets all the Criteria of the True Religion

True Religion is based on Worship of YAHWEH the One True God

"This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD (YAHWEH) God (Elohim) made the earth and the heavens," (Gen. 2:4)

The primary meaning of the name LORD (YAHWEH) is "the Self-Existent One". "And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM (YAH) has sent me to you.'" (Ex. 3:14) YAHWEH is distinctly the redemption name of God. When sin entered into man and redemption became necessary, it was LORD (YAHWEH) God (Elohim) who sought the sinners Adam and Eve and provided them with "tunics of skin, and clothed them," a beautiful type of righteousness provided by the LORD God through sacrifice.

Choice of God's True Religion and the Devil's False Religion

 

We can see in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve had to choose between the two religions. "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Gen. 2:16-17)

In God's true religion there are three principles for living according to His will.

1. God has given us sufficient good things abundantly for our enjoyment in life.

2. God forbids us to do things against His will and there is absolutely no choice.

3. Disobedience to God's commandments is sin and it will surely result in death.

Now read what the devil, who disguised himself in the form of the serpent, said to Eve. "And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Gen. 3:4-5).

There are three characteristics of the devil's false religion.

  1. The devil lied by changing and distorting God's Words when he said to Eve - "You will not surely die."
  2. Enlightenment in giving false encouragement by saying - "your eyes will be opened."
  3. The devil elevates man to the position of God by saying he can know as much as He does.

Unfortunately Adam and Eve chose the wrong religion and it resulted in death and condemnation for all mankind.

In the True Religion the One True God provides Salvation for Man

 

God came to this Earth to seek and to save Sinners

After Adam and Eve committed sin they "hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?' (Gen. 3:8) Sinners are afraid to face God but He came to look for them. "For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost." (Mt. 18:11) "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8) God's salvation for the sinner is His unconditional love for him. He does not save us because we are good; only because He loves us. It is called Grace.

God makes Atonement for Sin by the Shedding of Blood

After Adam and Eve sinned against God "then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings." (Gen. 3:6-7) As fig leaves cannot fully cover their shame and neither are the garments permanent "the LORD (YAHWEH) God made garments of skin, and clothed them." (Gen. 3:21) It is possible the garments of skins came from the lamb. God slew an innocent animal so that blood was shed, and the garments of skin He had made for them were to let them know what it meant to die because of sin. This is the first sacrifice that was offered by the hand of the Almighty God.

There is a clear statement in the Bible that gives the reason why God places so much importance in the blood. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul."(Lev. 17:11)The value of the "life" is the measure of the value of the "blood". This gives the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ its inconceivable value. When it was shed the sinless God-man gave His life. The blood of Christ is seen as surpassing the blood of the Old Covenant and eternally satisfying the requirements of a holy God .(Heb. 9:12) There is mighty power in the Blood of Jesus Christ.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, who God set forth to be a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed." (Rom. 3:23-25)

God promised a Savior who is the Seed of the Woman

God spoke to the serpent (devil): "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel" (Genesis 3:15).

Shortly after Adam and Eve sinned, God promised to send a Messiah, a Savior, who would bring judgment on the serpent. The serpent is identified in Revelation 12:9 as Satan the devil.

This announcement of the Savior is the foundational promise God made to humankind because it paves the way for salvation through Jesus Christ. Without a doubt the promised redemptive work of the Messiah is one of the most important promises God has ever made.

True and False Religions exist in Every Age

Adam and Eve had two sons whose names were Cain and Abel and both of them brought offerings and worshiped the LORD (YAHWEH) (Gen. 4:1-4). These two men represent two types of religions; one is true and the other false.

Cain (means "acquisition") is a type of the mere man of the earth. His religion was destitute of any adequate sense of sin, or need of atonement. This religious type is described in 2 Peter 2. Seven things are said of him: (1) he worships in self-will; (2) is angry with God; (3) refuses to bring a sin-offering; (4) murders his brother; (5) lies to God; (6) becomes a vagabond; (7) is, nevertheless, the object of the divine solicitude.

Abel (means "exhalation" or "that which ascends") is a type of the spiritual man. His sacrifice, in which atoning blood was shed (Heb. 9:22), was therefore at once his confession of sin and the expression of his faith in the interposition of a substitute (Heb. 11:4).

The lamb that Abel offered to God represents a type of Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (Jn. 1:29).

Christianity is the One and Only True Religion in the World

Christianity is not a religion in the sense it is a system of beliefs and rituals. True Christianity is having a personal relationship with the One True God through His Son Jesus Christ. It is trusting in Jesus and what He did on the Cross for you (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), not on what you can do for yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9). Salvation begins with your acknowledgement that you are a sinner in the sight of God, and your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior.

Christianity is not only based upon evidence. . . . it is fully backed by evidence attested in writing by real witnesses regarding the death, burial, resurrection and ascension into heaven of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christianity has the credibility because the Lord Jesus Christ has fulfilled over 300 messianic prophecies that were written in the Old Testament Scriptures. With the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the reliability of the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, both of which have been proven to exist prior to the time Jesus walked on the earth, you can be assured that these prophecies were not "conspired" after-the-fact. They were truly fulfilled by Jesus the Messiah. "Then He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me." (Luke 24:44)

The Lord Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) He is the One True God (John 8:58; 10:30), who forgave sins (Mark 2:5; Luke 5:20; 7:48), resurrected from the dead (Luke 24:24-29; John 20:19-29) and ascended into heaven (Luke 24:50; Acts 1:9-11).

Buddha did not resurrect the dead or rise from the dead, nor did Confucius or Zoroaster. Neither did the founders of Islam or Hinduism. All of them are good teachers of religion but they are all human beings who have died and their corpses have rotted in their graves.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the One True God who manifested in the flesh. "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil. 2:9-11)

Christianity is truly the One and Only True Religion in the World.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and You will have Eternal Life !

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SirDent 8 years ago

BRAVO!!! Great article. God Bless you!!!


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arkwriter 8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A. Author

Thank you for your support. May God bless you!

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Wbisbill 8 years ago from Tennessee USA

Wonderful hub. Thanks!


Sister Edith 8 years ago

We always love your indepth teachings. Thank you for your good works.


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privateye2500 8 years ago from Canada, USA, London

sister edith said: We always love your indepth teachings. - I say SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, You most definitely should NOT say WE; and speak for ALL people! geezz.

Dictionary def: of religion - "any specific system of belief and worship, often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy." = TRUE (and 99% of the time also a set of doctrine as well...meaning you do and believe everything we do - say - teach or you're OUT)

"Generally speaking there are only two basic forms of religions - true and false." = He then just goes on to TOTALLY contradict himself!

These religious posts I accidentially run across nearly ALWAYS rub me the wrong way - biased, one-sided, one persons opinion - STATING THEY KNOW THe MIND of god. How arrogant is that!?

HOW ARROGANT IS THAT?


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arkwriter 8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A. Author

SirDent  says:28 hours ago

BRAVO!!! Great article. God Bless you!!! 

Wbisbill  says:11 hours ago

Wonderful hub. Thanks! 

Sister Edith  says:11 hours ago

We always love your indepth teachings. Thank you for your good works. 

My comment: Sister Edith is perfectly correct in using the word “We” (the above Christians who are in agreement). 

privateye2500  says:6 hours ago

sister edith said: We always love your indepth teachings. - I say SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, You most definitely should NOT say WE; and speak for ALL people! geezz. 

My comment: Privateye2500  is wrong in criticizing Sister Edith

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"Generally speaking there are only two basic forms of religions - true and false." = He then just goes on to TOTALLY contradict himself! 

My comment: Let us look at this thing logically.  There is nothing wrong with  "Generally speaking there are only two basic forms of religions - true and false."  What else can you have besides true and false???

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These religious posts I accidentially run across nearly ALWAYS rub me the wrong way - biased, one-sided, one persons opinion - STATING THEY KNOW THe MIND of god. How arrogant is that!?HOW ARROGANT IS THAT?

Dear  Privateye2500, 

I personally do not think that you “accidentially run across” this “religious post.”  There is a greater force more powerful than any other force in the Universe.  

Jesus said: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John. 6:44)  Just open your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ and let Him in. 

You will always get rubbed the wrong way if you are not on the right way.  Jesus said:  “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6) 

If Jesus is not what He says He is then He is arrogant.  If Jesus is exactly what He says He is, and I totally accept Him exactly what He says He is then I am not arrogant.  Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ is not arrogance.  Submission to the will of God is humility. 

We (Christians) are praying for you Privateye2500 that you will submit to God’s will. 

Please  go to this web site:  

How can you be sure that Christianity is the only true religion in the world

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/truechrist

May God bless you.

Arkwriter


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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

Judge not lest ye be judged...


sandra rinck 8 years ago

I don't believe there is any such thing as true religion. Maybe a religion that is well suited for an indavidual but truth is only in the experience of the person.

I personally do not like Christianity, but I definatly love Jesus. Not that I believe all Christians are bad but I feel the majority of the Christain population doesn't really understand the principles of Jesus.

For instance, Jesus said there are no shortcuts, yet millions believe that the mere act of accepting Jesus as thier savior automatically holds a place for them in Heaven, while those who chose to actually seek God are held as heiritics and blasphemors who are generally regarded as hateful, lost and confussed and a threat to the church.

I think there is something really wrong with Christianity, it started out good, but shifted from freeing the oppressed to becoming the oppressors.

Don't get me wrong though, if Christianity is right for you and you believe it with all your heart, then it's good for you, I just wouldn't preach all others to be wrong, when christianity itself could be the works of the Devil.


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arkwriter 8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A. Author

Misha  says:7 hours ago

Judge not lest ye be judged... 

My Response: 

That’s what Jesus taught.  I have no problem with that! 

sandra rinck  says:6 hours ago

I don't believe there is any such thing as true religion. Maybe a religion that is well suited for an indavidual but truth is only in the experience of the person. 

My Response:   

By your definition there would be no truth at all.  The world’s population is six and half billion people.  That many truths??? 

Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (Jn. 14:6) 

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him only, and you’ll be fine! 

sandra rinck  says:

I personally do not like Christianity, but I definatly love Jesus. 

My Response:   

Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (Jn. 14:23)  That is true Christianity. 

sandra rinck  says:

For instance, Jesus said there are no shortcuts, yet millions believe that the mere act of accepting Jesus as thier savior automatically holds a place for them in Heaven, while those who chose to actually seek God are held as heiritics and blasphemors who are generally regarded as hateful, lost and confussed and a threat to the church.

My Response:   

People who only believe Jesus as a great teacher and prophet, but not as God manifested in the flesh, they are not saved.  Jesus said: “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” (Jn. 8:24).  Jesus prayed,  “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” (Jn. 17:3)

sandra rinck  says:

I think there is something really wrong with Christianity, it started out good, but shifted from freeing the oppressed to becoming the oppressors. 

My Response:   

There is nothing wrong with true Christianity that is founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and preached by His apostles.  What is actually wrong are the twisted and distorted teachings by false Christians.  

Please go to this Hub

The False Gospel of Oprah and Obama 

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/oprahobama

sandra rinck  says:

Don't get me wrong though, if Christianity is right for you and you believe it with all your heart, then it's good for you, I just wouldn't preach all others to be wrong, when christianity itself could be the works of the Devil.

My Response:   

True Christianity that is founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and preached by His apostle, I repeat, cannot be wrong.  

Christians are commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16). 

The devil was already defeated when the Lord Jesus Christ shed His precious blood,  died on the Cross, was buried, resurrected and ascended into Heaven.  This is the Gospel of Salvation. 

There is only One Way to go to Heaven, and that Way is Jesus Christ Himself, and it began at the Cross on Mount Calvary. 

Repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you will be saved (Acts. 16:30-31) 

I recommend that you get hold of the Holy Bible and start reading the New Testament and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins.  He is faithful to forgive your sins. Start NOW!

May God bless you.

Arkwriter


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privateye2500 8 years ago from Canada, USA, London

What else can you have besides true and false???

PLEASE oh please be logical - true/false = black/white

Have You NEVER heard of Shades of Gray?

You know - gray - the shade of the world - what makes up the ENTIRE spectrum of in between black and white.

Life IS shades of gray.

FTR - I was critical of NOONE - I merely pointed out that noone can speak for everyone - OR - when occassionaly it happens and someone DOES; you get.ummmm, let's see....

Hitler?


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privateye2500 8 years ago from Canada, USA, London

The False Gospel of Oprah and Obama http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/oprahobama

Wow - these are gonna be some strange strange strange political times!!


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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

Arkwriter, telling that this is truth and this is not IS judging on my books :)


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arkwriter 8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A. Author

privateye2500  says:56 minutes ago

 

What else can you have besides true and false???

PLEASE oh please be logical - true/false = black/white

Have You NEVER heard of Shades of Gray?

You know - gray - the shade of the world - what makes up the ENTIRE spectrum of in between black and white.

Life IS shades of gray.

My Comment:

You did not answer my question.  Here it is one more time.

What else can you have besides true and false???

I did not ask "What else can you have besides "black and white"

If you do not have truth you have falsehood.  You may have half truth, partial truth, part truth.  These are still partial lies.  Religion is either the truth or not the truth.  If it is not the true religion, then it is the false religion.

Witnesses who give testimonies in court place one hand on the Bible and the other hand raised to "tell the truth, and nothing but the truth".  Some conclude the oath with "so help me God."  If a witness just tell one lie in court, it is perjury.  It is a felonious crime.

In God's true religion it is a very serious thing to preach falsehood.  The punishment for preaching the false gospel is a curse (Gal. 1:6-9). Preaching lies will get the person to Hellfire (Rev. 21:8). 

In this Hub I am urging everyone to take Christianity seriously because there is a God who is going to judge us through the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 5:22).  Judgment Day is coming!

May God bless you.

Arkwriter


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Lifebydesign 8 years ago from Australia

Arkwriter- The history of religions shows that each has brought about new advancements and a massive infusion of energy into the world mathematics is just one example- 'you'll know them by their fruits'. And Prophets/Messengers/ Manifestations of these religions (not all of them can be defined as a religion) are born with innate knowledge, or received very little schooling inrelation to the wisdom they showed.

Seriously 'truth' is all relative especially when attempting to explain hidden meanings in written scripture because we all understand it differently, and that's okay too. Be very open-minded and you'll get to the truth.

What a handful of a topic- good for you.


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arkwriter 8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A. Author

Lifebydesign says:22 minutes ago

Seriously 'truth' is all relative especially when attempting to explain hidden meanings in written scripture because we all understand it differently, and that's okay too. Be very open-minded and you'll get to the truth.

My Comment:

When we think that truth is relative then we will not have the truth at all because if every person thinks what he or believes is the truth then we will have confusion. This is the reason why the Holy Bible is very clear about truth. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (Jn. 1:14) The Lord Jesus Christ is the personification of truth (Jn. 14:6).

I understand your point about different ways of interpretation of Scriptures. I do not mean that. I am talking about the basic beliefs of Christianity. What I am concerned about is the New Age teaching that you do not have to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved and go to heaven that is taught by Oprah and Obama. The False Gospel of Oprah and Obama http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/oprahobama

May God bless you.

Arkwriter


sandra rinck 8 years ago

Dear Arkwriter, I understand what you are saying, however when it comes to the truth, yes there are 6.6 billion truths out there. I found the truth about life by understanding all of them.

The Messiah came knockin' and you didn't let him in. :) Let it be on your conscience and now you repent. God bless you Arkwriter, don't let pride get in your way of compassion for certainly God is not unfair and without understanding.


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

While I happen to agree with you, I'm not terribly surprised at the response. Nice hub.


MOmmagus 8 years ago

LOL, they're on you like a pack of wolves!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your faith and sparking faith in others. May J.C. bless your today and LIFE!!!!!!!!


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alexpapa 8 years ago

Dear sir,

Who made up the ten criteria for which is a true religion? Because there may as well be one criteria "The religion must be Christianity".

As a man made list of criteria, they are subject to our "supposed" sin, therefore they cannot be the ultimate truth which means that the answers to a false list cannot necessarily be true either.

And if you are going to reply in scripture, please quote the original greek text as I fear there may be translation errors.


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christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

Love the hub, loved the responses to those who are asking challenging ?'s or making challenging comments.... I too used to be very New Age prior to receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Great job and thank you so much for posting the oprah/obama link.....praise God Privateye2500 checked it out and was stirred by it. I hope others will be too. Keep up the great teaching - I'd love to hear you do some audible preaching so if you have that on here someplace else already, please send me a link! Blessings!


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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

Hey, Kelli Jane,

Thank you for a wolf title :)


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Sione Vuki Fatai 8 years ago from New Zealand

Glad to realize God of the Bible is spread. Thanks be to God

Sione


MOmmagus 8 years ago

hee hee, Misha, glad u saw the humor in that!

; )


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Amy Stevens 8 years ago

I wish I could believe in God, but I can't believe in a God who would allow such suffering and who would not want to contact his followers. It makes no sense. Believe me, I'd like nothing more than to be able to believe, but I just can't. If there was a God, and he really loved us, I know in my heart he would walk with us and talk with us in a real way. Christians like to say he talks with us in his own way, but that's a cop out, and deep down most of them must know it.

And don't get me started on the "Christians" who claim to be Christians, they go to church on Sunday... yet they do NOTHING to help their fellow man. The homeless children, the starving families. The churches who spend millions on new buildings and then claim they have no money available to help homeless or starving families who come to them for help. Obviously not all Christians are that way, but the ones who are make my blood boil! :(

P.S. This is not an attack on you or your beliefs. In fact, I wholeheartedly wish I could share them with you. I see you've put a lot of effort into the hub, and it's very well put together. I just have a differing opinion. :)


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arkwriter 8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A. Author

Dear Amy, 

You wrote: "I wish I could believe in God, but I can't believe in a God who would allow such suffering and who would not want to contact his followers."

Do you know that God has contacted you just now?  You found this hub and wrote your comment.  God has sent His humble servant to you and please let me know what can I do to be of service to you?

You wrote: "It makes no sense. Believe me, I'd like nothing more than to be able to believe, but I just can't. If there was a God, and he really loved us, I know in my heart he would walk with us and talk with us in a real way.

First of all, there is a God and He does care for us.  He knows us and He also loves us although we do not know Him nor love Him.  This God is not indifferent to the suffering of the poor and the needy, but it is up to us to show kindness to those that are in need.

Amy, you said "Believe me, I'd like nothing more than to be able to believe, but I just can't." 

Do you know why there is a barrier between you and God?  You would not like to hear it but you have to admit it.  Please receive His word and take it as God speaking to you. 

"Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God;  And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)

The ball is in your court now and it's your turn to hit the ball back to God. 

You need to mend your broken relationship with Him.  God is waiting for you right now.

Say this little prayer and you'll feel much better after that.

Dear Lord Jesus Christ,

I am sorry for my sins.  Please forgive me for what I have done in the past.  I believe that You are the One True God who came to save us from sin.  I believe that You shed your precious blood to wash away my sins and You died in my place, and You resurrected from the dead.  I thank for Your love, mercy, grace and forgiveness of my sins.   I pray that you will continue guide me to live a good life for your glory.  HalleluYah, Amen!

May God bless you.

Arkwriter


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arkwriter 8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A. Author

Thanks a lot!


Shyam  8 years ago

Any religion which believes in converting others to its fold is a false religion as it is assuming that its own God is so weak that He needs human work force to spread His word. The omnipotent, omnipresent God could not be so weak.2. Any religion in which God is said to have appointed a manager in shape of any Prophet or 'Son' is not a spiritual religion but a politico-commercial tool in which the Prophet or Son are the mascots and brand names. These politico-commercial organisations employ varied methods and devices to deceive people into believing that God can not work without the help of these Prophets or Sons.Why should God need anyone to work as His manager or spreader of his word? The true religion could never be Christianity at least!

Dare me, visit me on facts-are-facts.blogspot.com.


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arkwriter 8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A. Author

Dear Shyam,

The proof and evidence of a True Religion is not dependent on whether or not the One True God uses human agencies to spread the truth about Himself.  It is the Love of the One True God for humanity that He Himself came down to this earth in the form of human flesh so that He could identify Himself with us.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, adn the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:1-5)

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

Christianity is the Only Religion in the World that has the One True God manifested in the flesh as the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His precious blood, died on the Cross, was buried and resurrected from the dead, and ascended into Heaven.  There were eyewitnesses to all these events.  If these Christians did not see and believe what the Lord Jesus Christ had done before their eyes, how could they endure persecution, went to jail and even died for what they believe.  How could Christianity be preached in all the world for a witness to all the nations?

Dear Shyam, I do not know what religion that you believe.  Can you tell me which founder of any religion besides Christianity that has a founder who is the One True God manifested in the flesh, died, buried, resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven before eyewitnesses?

If you have the chance please read the New Testament about the life of the Lord Jesus Christ and I shall be glad to receive your response after you have read it.

May God bless you.

Arkwriter


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Amy Stevens 8 years ago

I don't mean to disrespect you, but after seeing Shyam's comment "Why should God need anyone to work as His manager or spreader of his word?" it reminded me of a quote from Star Trek. "What does God need with a starship?"

I also find it a bit hard to believe in a God who needs humans to spread his word. I would think he could do it himself. But I'm very happy for those who have blind faith. I'd love to have that myself. Unfortunately, my mind is far too analytical to believe in unproven theories. :(

Until God speaks to me himself in a way that I can truly believe in, I'm afraid I just can't believe. I abandoned my Southern Baptist roots many years ago, and I just can't go back. I wish it were possible, but it's not.


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arkwriter 8 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A. Author

Dear Amy,

You said that you cannot "believe in a God who needs humans to spread his word." 

You also said "Until God speaks to me Himself in a way that I can truly believe in, I'm afraid I just can't believe." 

Arkwriter responds:

We cannot set conditions for God so that we can believe in Him.  If we can dictate someone to conform to our requirements then that person will be inferior to us, and he cannot be God. 

The One True God says to you:  

"Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.   Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.  "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD.  "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."  (Isa. 55:6-9)

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:11-13)

May God bless you.

Arkwriter 


SirDent 8 years ago

If it's OK with Arkwriter I will add a little to his last comments. Amy said, "Until God speaks to me himself in a way that I can truly believe in, I'm afraid I just can't believe." God does speak to you on a daily basis. He speaks to your heart but you refuse to hear. It isn't that you can't understand, but that you decided you don't want to know. I'm not telling this to hurt you or even try to do you any harm at all.

Amy also said, " I abandoned my Southern Baptist roots many years ago, and I just can't go back. I wish it were possible, but it's not. " Pride is what caused Satan to fall. Shame and guilt will hold us back from doing what we know we should do. His hands are stretched out still. He waits for the moment that you turn back to Him.


Hard Facts 8 years ago

"Man is fast attaining a mastery of his environment, and his religious creeds are becoming as irrational to him as the witchcraft delusion. Religion with its burden of fear ties him to the dead ages. But knowledge not only supplies him with power, but also furnishes him with courage, and that courage will aid him in freeing himself from that fear—religion. Religion is doomed to occupy the same place in history as the institution of slavery. Lies and imposture, no matter how powerfully sustained, can be dispelled by knowledge. The Church will destroy itself with its own poison. Knowledge and courage spell the doom of religion."

--Dr. D.M. Brooks


SirDent 8 years ago

I hope you come back to read this hard facts. There is a lot that many don't knoiw about concerning new age beliefs. They actually fight against Chrstianity even though they say that they don't. Why would they do that? I wrote a hub about a man who claims to be the Christ. Check it out if you will and Arkwriter don't mind the link being put here.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Maitreya-Ascended-Master--...


Hard Facts 8 years ago

Utterlly useless page and biased article. In this world of globalisation where we should respect other religions, you guys are saying My religion is good and yours is load of crap.

I pity you guys. May god (if he ever exists) donate you some sanity.


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tinyteddy 7 years ago from INDIA

amy stevens and sandra have a point dear ARK

all your requisites do not fit BUDDHISM but it is a religion

hinduism is a way of life where even Mary is worshipped along with shakti

christianity has done good to the poor. it has given education health and care and compassion but in turn demands conversion or do christians demand that?

i had all my schooling in a christian institution but am a hindu by birth inclined towards buddhism by choice .one has to analyse the spiritual element within himself and the relgious philosophy that best suits him or her

but fortunate or those who have blind faith

Darwin and Copernicus struggled but the passage of time has made them relevant too


-,Anonymous,- 6 years ago

Well, I read the comments and I just want to say. From the "Parable of the Lost Son", It states that "The Father" would be more happy to see a repentant son than to see someone who has followed him all his life." Plus, the only reason all this chaos is happening to us is because God gave us the free will to do anything we want. For example: The sin of masturbation. You can't do it if you didn't have the free will to do it!!!!! =)))


-,Anonymous,- 6 years ago

First of all We are not saying that you belief is Sh't (sorry for the word I'm just irritated) WE are just saying that ours is the one true religion.


J Kross 5 years ago

Religion is lost man, through his own efforts, seeking God and falling short.

Christianity is God seeking man through Jesus Christ and saving those humble enough to admit their lost condition.


andrew 5 years ago

Hello first off, I'm a Pagan (Norse Pagan, or Germanic Pagan?. This is a great article. But the thing is how came people always state that if your religion have multi gods than its false? Like with Norse Pagan, we have many and many gods with different groups. so then my religion is false, a religion which people follows long time before your "true religion," stated. A religion which most of the holidays came from, is false? Well…what about this, what if every religion is true? I meant what if its true to whose who follows it.

See, believing in something does not come from a book (cause all books are made by man), or what a group of man says. Its something comes from that person’s heart, from the inside of the person. I was rise in a Christian family (my whole family is full blood Christian followers), so I did learn some of your religion…and I cannot believe in it or forces myself to. Shoot…my mom made me read the whole bible and go to church twice a week, and I still cannot believe in it. I meant, man if the “god” force you to only believe to him/her than they have a major problem.

And what up with sending people to hell, or damned people, who only problem (or evil thing) they had done was not follow one god. My uncle told a few times that I will be going to hell, cause I’m believing in a “false religion.” But I also work in health care, and save lives, and help out. I have did lots of noble things, but still I’m going to hell just cause I chosen to follow a different religion. Is that fair? I think not.

Last thing, what happen with love others, and be kind, and peace?

Hail Gods, Hail Odin


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PoeticRheia 5 years ago from Denver colorado

Heres why im not christian anymore..

If your God is all knowing,then Why did he even Create Satan,or lucifer,who was perfect at one time,but he knew he was gonna rebel,turn on God,cause much pain.

IN some cases,that Makes Yahweh Guilty,for he made something that he knew would cause sin to happen to begin with,i don't care how close the bible is on saying the future.

Im Norse Pagan,myself,i agree with Andrew.

I still believe in love,forgiving,caring,do onto others as you would want them to do unto you.

I believe in Good hearted things,but because we don't believe in him,we burn in hell..that seems evil like...

If anything,it shows God is chaotic,and he started it from the very start,and the whole freewill thing -.-...

When it comes to Christan,or jewish,if God knows all,controls all,sees all,that means your testing is pointless isn't it??

he is testing you,knowing how your gonna come out anyway,and if Satan has to Ask to do something,before he can do it,its not much of a war is it??

Im not trying to condem the religon,i just see it wrong in some points,unless i can be corrected??..

Hail the gods & goddess.

Praise Freya =]


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C.V.Rajan 3 years ago from Kerala, India

Just two stories of Hindu saint Ramakrishna for you to ponder:

1) A man said "Yesterday, I saw a house falling crumbled right in front of my eyes". The other man went inside his home, came back with a newspaper in hand, went through it and said "I don't believe you; This news is not in the paper!"

2) During a high flood, a frog living all along in a large lake happen to get swept and fall into a well. A frog living in the well all along, with several other frogs was surprised to see the visitor. "Where are you coming from?"

"I am from the lake"

"What is a lake? Is it like this well?"

"Oh, no. not comparable at all!"

The well frog jumped from one side to another inside the well and asked "May be twice this big?"

"Oh, no. Not comparable at all! I think you can't imagine it"

The well frog laughed: "Hehehe! This fellow is just kidding!" All the other well frogs joined in ridiculing the frog from the lake!

C.Varadarajan

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