Religion- (noun) an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules use to worship a god or a group of gods.
What is religion? There are so many ways I could interpret this but I would like to mostly start with the literal definition. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the literal definition is an “organized system of beliefs”. Now I don’t think I have to break down every single definition but in case I do I want to have all of my bases covered before I continue with this. What is a system? A system is a group of moving parts that work together. Organized system of beliefs. Organized, obviously, means to keep things in order or in a specific way. I’ve experienced a lot of different religions and beliefs. Even recently I’ve found a few new one’s that people have tried to tell me about. Someone said about a week ago based on the topic of the pope “He’s done so many great things, this is the best pope we’ve had”. That’s a personal opinion and she is entitled to it. My honest question is “What has he done that makes him… well… pope(y)?” and to no avail I can’t find anything that is really that spectacular. My wife said “I don’t understand what the big deal is about the pope”, in which she got a reply of “Well you have your religion and we have ours”.
I have a religion? No, really, think about this for a second. If, by definition, a religion is an “organized system of beliefs” what is my religion then? There is only one thing I believe and that is the Bible. I don’t need any “system” of beliefs to be able to pick up a book and read. I don’t need a SYSTEM to believe in something. So, by definition, I don’t have a religion. Saying I have a religion is exactly like saying you have to work to get to Heaven. I don’t have to have a system to go to Heaven. It’s not hard, live through God, let Christ take over your life, understand he died for you (salvation) and repent (understand what sin is and stop doing it) and that’s it. I don’t eat, drink, breath or speak without God’s permission. He has complete control of my life and that’s literally what I am. I am a saved, God fearing, Bible believing man who worships the God of the Bible and no one else. Without that what would I be then? Christianity is my life, it’s not a system or a set of standards that I must follow to get to Heaven. I don’t worship the pope because the Bible tells me that I can only worship ONE person and that is God. The pope didn’t create Heaven or Earth. He didn’t part the Red Sea, he didn’t flood the Earth, he didn’t witness Christ’s birth, death or resurrection and I KNOW for a fact God didn’t call him to be worshiped by people.
“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8
This is just one of several. No simple human being could ever be as great as God. Without God, I am literally nothing. I am considered a Christian by definition because there’s no other word for it. Some one who believe’s in the Bible has to have a name. Our world is full of labels and they label us Christians. The Bible talks quite a bit about Christians. It speaks of saved sinners. People who understand who God is. People who believe in God and worship him and share the gospel with others. So by definition, again, I AM a Christian. I have no problem being labeled as such, however, I’m not a Christian because I attend a church. People have this misconception that your church is what labels your person. If you attend a Catholic church, you are a Catholic. If you attend a Mormon Church, you are a Mormon. If you attend a Baptist Church, you are a Baptist. I attend a Baptist church. I love my church. I love it because you can literally walk in there and see how much God has blessed that place and I love it because it’s the first church that I’ve ever been to in California that ENCOURAGE’S you to read your Bible. I’ve been to other churches before. I’ve been to a Catholic church and not a single person (beside’s me) had a Bible with them. They had these other books instead (commonly referred to as “The Missal”) which they seemed to read without a Bible. I have looked through one that has a few references to the Bible but it takes so many verses out of context which is probably why a lot of people are falsely informed.
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 1 John 5:7
Record- (noun) a thing constituting a piece of evidence about the past, especially an account of an act or occurrence kept in writing or some other permanent form.
There are only three things that bear record in heaven. The Father, which is God our father. The Word, which is the Bible but also referred to Jesus Christ. The Bible mentions multiple times that Christ is the word and the Bible is written about the world and about Christ. The Holy Ghost, which is the creator. He is self existent and created everything in the beginning. All three of these are one. The Holy Ghost is the Father and the Son at the same time. So a Missal isn’t subject to bear record in Heaven. Therefore I trust the Bible more than any other piece of literature that has ever been created. This is why it’s important to read your Bible. This kind of information is something you won’t get from a Missal. They will purposely work around this information because they don’t WANT you to open your Bible and learn the truth for yourself. They believe that only Priests and Popes are allowed to read the Bible and you have to be GIVEN the information. Let’s try this today. Every day for one month, just a month, open up your Bible and read a chapter. I mean really sit down and understand it. Better yet, ask your Bible some questions about the church you are going to. Does your church teach you specific works that you have to do to get to Heaven. Refer to your Bible to figure out where this information comes from. If you can’t find it, then the church isn’t giving you the right information. If you do find it, figure out the whole aspect and read through the entire chapter or even the entire book. I guarantee you will learn something if you do it this way. I have given you some verses to look up already and if you have ever read my posts in the past you can use those posts as well to help you see where to start.
Leave a comment below and tell me what you think. How does your church teach you? Do they use the Bible as their main reference or are you using a different book to get information? Remember the history behind your Bible is important too, so see when your Bible was made. You want to try and get the oldest version of information. KJV is probably your best bet. It is the closest to the original manuscripts that you can get without having to learn Greek or Hebrew.