Things to Consider - October 7, 2020

 

I thank you for taking the time to consider the comments and views that I bring to via the local newspaper, I also want to take the time to thank the editor for allowing me the space to do so. This week I want to talk about religion, there are many different takes on this subject. It seems that many times someone becomes disappointed with the teachings of some religion’s teaching, in some cases the teaching goes array concerning the word of God, in other cases the teaching is right on according to the word, but the truth does not coincide with the wants and desires of a person or group of people, thus a new religion is born. Sometimes this new religion takes roots and flourishes, and the word goes out, but many more times false prophets, and in some cases a leader that appoints themselves as being Christ, and that is where so many people that, as the Bible puts it (having itching ears). This is people many times yearning for direction in life. Sometimes people are just looking to fit in, or to have recognition for their efforts. Many times during my life I have seen the misguided people are led to their death while following a false prophet or false Jesus. For this reason, I say please be very careful when you chose a religion to follow. Many of our churches are family oriented, and were established by what now is the elders and deacons, these people are the ones that look out for the interest of that particular body of Christ. All churches have a head, that “head” better be Jesus., if not do not even wish that body God speed, rather simply walk away. If you enter into a church and you do not feel accepted, walk away. Too many times religion comes in and sets up conditions for the congregation to follow that encourages its members to go against family and friends. Jesus is all about family. In fact, when we accept Jesus we are then adopted into His family as a brother or sister to Jesus, and a son or daughter of the Father. So when looking for a religion we are not to be an outsider, rather we are to be a brother or sister in Christ. Jesus did not put any stock in religion set up by man. Please take the time to read the first chapter of James, paying attention to the 26th and 27th verses. “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridled not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 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 most important aspect to remember is this, religion is set forth by man, and Christianity was and is set up by Jesus’ death on the cross. Which do we follow is the ultimate question, man with fault, or Jesus pure and faultless? Choose you this day whom you will serve! As always respectfully yours Roger and Donna Harding

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