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Religion vs God

Updated on April 10, 2011

Religion vs God


Does this sound familiar? You go you share the Word of God with someone and the first thing out of their mouth is “I don’t believe in religion” “I hate Religion” or my personal favorite “Keep your religion to yourself.” Nowadays when hear/say the word religion in most cases it’s met with the same disgust as the words pedophile, rapist, child molester, and murderer. Atheist and non-believer use this word to keep God at bay. They too often confuse Religion with God.

There are many of examples of how the word religion got such negative reputation. If you ask any Atheist or any non-believer about God the first thing out of their mouth is "What about the Crusades?" A violent series of seven religious wars. "Proud knights in the Crusades would march towards forgiveness of their sins, filled with greed. Bloodshed, they believed, was worth it, dying was worth it. Marching towards Jerusalem with victory in their eyes, they would take anyone who stood in their way of victory.”

French Wars of Religion- In16th Century France there was a succession of wars between Roman Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots primarily). These series of wars were known as the Wars of Religion."

Thirty Years War- "In the first half of the 17th century, the German states, Scandinavia (Sweden, primarily) and Poland were beset by religious warfare. Roman Catholicism and Calvinism figured in the opposing sides of this conflict, though Catholic France did take the side of the Protestants but purely for political reasons."

"India is a nation of extraordinary religious, cultural and linguistic diversity, but sadly it is no stranger to intolerance. Mahatma Gandhi died at the hands of a Hindu fanatic in 1948, and since then religious riots have cast a pall on India’s commitment to secularism and religious pluralism. Unfortunately, at a time when India itself has been a victim of religiously inspired terror from abroad, most notably, its deeply troubled neighbor, Pakistan, it faces a growing spate of violent religious and cultural intolerance at home."

What they fail to understand that all of these wars were fought in the name of Religion, not God. Greedy and power hungry men seeking after their own agenda and conquest. Thousands of people have fought and died: bombs, guns, fighting, bloodshed, tears, pain and sorrow at the will of man, not for the glory of the One True God.

I don't like religion. Religion is not of God. "Jesus is the most influential person who has ever lived. The difference between Jesus and religion is that Jesus is God's way to reach man, and religion is man's way to reach God." unknown

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_wars

www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/Brisas/sunda/ma/1kyle.htm

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      spiderpam 8 years ago from USA

      @ A M Werner- So true, no religion, works, or building can save anyone onlt Jesus Chirst.

      @ shazz01109- Thank you for reading

      @ kdfd- Amen!

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      kdfd 8 years ago from West Coast Florida

      Seems all we can do is spread the seed (THE WORD), Its GOD who makes it grow

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      shazz01109 8 years ago from Western Massachusetts

      I really enjoyed this article. Man made religion, not God. I jsut wrote an article about spirituality and religion, and how religion has become a dirty word.

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      Allen Werner 8 years ago from West Allis

      I find it amazing how many people who are "religious" and attend church, for which they are actively involved - really don't like talking about the Bible, or their faith, or anything but the activities of the church. They seem to be seeking the recreational aspects of the religion more than a personal relationship with the Creator and His Savior for us.

      They believe in their religion, in their denomination, but all their beliefs are secret, internal, and I suspect, not foundational enough to endure a good Biblical conversation.

    • spiderpam profile image
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      spiderpam 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you Judah's Daughter for that verse.

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      Judah's Daughter 8 years ago from Roseville, CA

      1 Kings 19:11-12 "So He said, 'Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?"

      Indeed the voice of the LORD is still and small, as the sound of a gentle breeze. Ps 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God."

    • spiderpam profile image
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      spiderpam 8 years ago from USA

      @ Vlad -You are welcome

      @ James- Thank you

      @ Born Again- I agree and be blessed

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      Born Again 05 8 years ago from Honesdale

      Spiderpam...all we can do is to keep spreading the Word and defending the faith. Keep up the good work!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Nicely done. Thank you.

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      Vladimir Uhri 8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Thanks for explanation of wars and religion.

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