Religion is the way to God, but now it became the main producer of criminals. Do you believe it?
Why do you say the way of God produces criminals? Jesus taught us to do unto others as we would have done unto us and to love thy neighbor. How does that produce criminals?
is this a question or a statement. In any case yes, we can believe it. Religion is one thing, sprituality is another. Religion is man made, this is why one day there will be no more religion on Earth. Religion pits one man against another.
Even so, in the final analysis, it is not the religion per se, but the thoughts of many adherents to religion.
If one has a penchant toward criminal behavior he can change. It’s not the religion that does it, though; it’s the live word of God that exerts power. It pierces into the crook’s heart to influence him/her to make needed changes.
That can be done too, because as Paul says:
“That is what some of you were, but you have been washed clean.”
Paul was good at reasoning from the Scriptures in a way that is convincing. You can do that with the former felon by using heartfelt entreaty and sound logic. As a result this criminal may begin to believe the things said; others probably will never believe.
To reach the heart draw up what is in it, because it’s like counsel hidden deep within his/her heart, and you are the man of discernment there to draw it up. Sometimes it doesn’t take much—just kind questions that reflect personal interest. (Proverbs 20:5)
Yes religion is the way to God and I don't that it became producer of criminals. What became producer of criminals are the bad interpretations of some believers. The problem is that they don't want to follow the way to God and they follow their own way instead.
Religion as we know it today is man's invention...an interpretation of what man thinks is the way to find God. After the flood when the people built the tower of Babel that was a form of man-made religion. They thought it was a way to heaven that could avoid something like the flood in the future. They were wrong.
James 1:27 say, "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (NASB). The word religion (threskeia) means religious discipline. What God desires is a relationship with us and a religious discipline to follow his will. That's why Jesus said, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me" (Luke 9:23).
It is important to base beliefs on God's truth otherwise things can be twisted with a mixture of truth, man-made traditions, and lies. People who follow these religions can be deceived into believing good is evil and evil is good. John 5:39-40 says, "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life" (NASB).
With this in mind, the first part of your statement is not always true. Religion is often not the way to God.
I do, because many criminals excuse theirselves by saying "He made me do it",
which is false, because he would never want us to become criminals. Especially w/ his name attached.
Thank you for this question. I believe criminals can use religion to take advantage of people.
The blame has to go to the criminal solely because they are solely responsible for their actions.
My Question for you is how you believe this statment is true or even exercised?
A perosn with a criminal mentality can use anything to achieve thier objective and can use religion to hide behind or further that objective. Please name the rleigion you believe does this and why you made this statement.
Maybe Faith is the way to God as there are many religions and that is know at times as formula or practice. What do you truly believe is the way to God?
I would have to say that, Yes, I DO believe that religion Has and continues to create criminals. The Dark ages wasn't because of non-believers but because of the religious using their standing to control entire nations and since this kind of behavior has been displayed from the times of the Egyptians all that way up to 9-11 in the United States, I would have to say... Yes
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