HOW RELIGION IS INTRODUCED INTO CHRISTIANITY BY HUMAN INVENTION: Avoid Religion As Jesus Is Not A Religious Person!
“I like your Christ, but not your Christianity.” These are words of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. J.H.31 Dec 1969.
Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. J.H made the above statement because he saw Christianity as a religion. But Christianity is not a religion. It is human invention that turned Christianity into a religion. Jesus Christ is not a religious person. Christianity is the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
WHY CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGION?
Christianity is not a religion because it does not involve humanity’s efforts to reach God but rather God’s efforts to reach humanity and indeed reconciled us back to Himself through Jesus Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 KJV “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
But religion is humanity’s efforts to reach or get to God – human efforts to interact and have a relationship with the sacred or divine. It involves human effort to become acceptable to God or to give meaning to one’s life on earth.
Christianity is not a religion because all religions of the world teach humans that they must work to find God and have a relationship with Him (God) through gods of the world – they must work their way towards God through religious activities of gods of the world to be acceptable in His sight (God’s sight). These gods of the world are the gods who did not make the heavens and the earth at all – Jeremiah 10:11 KJV “Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.”
Religion is man trying to bring himself to God by all human effort, good works, good deeds, ritualism, traditionalism, sacraments, etc. But throughout all these religious activities, they still don’t know God at all: Acts 17:23 KJV, 1 Thessalonians 4:5 KJV and Galatians 4:8 KJV “For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you…even as the Gentiles which know not God….Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.”
Christianity is Jesus Christ (God Himself – God the Son) bringing humanity to God the Father – John 14:6 KJV “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” It is only through the Name of Jesus Christ, souls are saved – Acts 4:12 KJV “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
This is possible based and rooted in what He (Jesus Christ) did for us on the cross of Calvary, NOT by our own human efforts – Ephesians 2:5, 8-9 KJV “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
God made all effort on His own without one iota of human contribution by using Jesus Christ, His only begotten as a sacrifice to save us from sin while we were still in sin that separated us from God – John 3:16 KJV and Acts 4:12 KJV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Christianity originated with the ministry of Jesus Christ (God in human form). Christianity started in the New Testament after the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ – Acts 11:26 KJV “And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Nobody was a Christian in the Old Testament. The Old Testament believers/saints were religious people – They were not Christians as Jesus Christ did not die, bury and resurrect in the Old Testament.
The word “Christian” actually means “being like Christ”. It means reflecting the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in practical ways (in reality).
The religion is introduced by human invention in attempt to find God – in attempt to reach God by all human effort, good works, good deeds, ritualism, traditionalism, sacraments, commandments of men, doctrine(s) of men, doctrine of demons etc.: Colossians 2:22 KJV and 1 Timothy 4:1 KJV “…..after the commandments and doctrines of men? …..doctrines of devils.” Doctrine of devils means doctrines of men.
Religion is not the true teaching and living Christ like life but the practice of true Christianity does.
What does it mean to live Christ like?
If we are to live the Christ like life in practicing true Christianity, we must strive and play our own roles with all our strength to become as He is – 1 John 4:17 KJV “….because as he (Jesus Christ) is, so are we in this world.”
This sacred and holy striving involves coming to know the Savior with His divine attributes (the nature of God). We must develop the ability/capacity to think, feel and do as our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior would as we face our earthly experiences in our Christian journey without being religious but spiritual as He the Lord Jesus Christ was during His earthly ministry: 1 John 4:17 KJV “….because as he (Jesus Christ) is, so are we in this world.”
Activities of religion are not the true practice of Christianity at all. The great work of our Lord Jesus Christ destroyed religion. Religion is a big monster in Christianity where it is allowed or permitted. Religion is a huge demon where it is accommodated. Religion blindfolds the practice of true Christianity. Religion never knows, understands and pleases God. Religion is never a channel to have a personal walk and intimate relationship with God.
Religion entered Christianity through human invention. Religion puts Christians in captivity of mental slavery of Christianity. Religion introduced brainwashing, misinterpretation, misapplication and twist of the scriptures into Christianity.
Religion in Christianity is a man-made invention. Ît is not from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Religion is based on ignorance of people, absolute lack of knowledge by the worshippers, fear of the unknown, myths, and superstitions. It has a set of rituals, traditions, holy days, and practices that supposedly enable the worshippers appease their small gods.
The Almighty God did not create any religion. He (God) does not belong to any religion. Religion is not from God in Heaven.
It is the evil spirits using human agents that have brainwashed people and manipulated them into following certain beliefs in this life in order to be blessed in the next life or life after death. Religion is a product of human imagination. And imagination is always higher than the reality – Genesis 11:6 KJV “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”
Religion finds every human culture that does not have Christianity as their foundation. The religion forms in man’s mind as there is no vacuum in the spirit realm, for instance, myth, ritual, music, supernatural agents, oracles from the demon, etc. In Daniel 3 Nebuchadnezzar creates an idol to be worshiped by the members of his government. Any form of idolatry is religion – 1 Corinthians 10:14 KJV “Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” Hero worship is a product of religion.
Religion believes that you must worship at particular designated place like mountain, camp, religious center, etc. But the true practice of Christianity is not that way – John 4:21, 23 KJV “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
The Spirit is the Spirit of Holiness which is sourced and rooted in the Holy Spirit – Romans 1:4 KJV “… he spirit of holiness..” and truth is the revealed Word of God – John 17:17 KJV “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” To go deeper, this revealed word of God is our Lord Jesus Christ Himself – John 1:1, 14 KJV and 1 John 5:7 KJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God……And the Word was made 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….For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
The scripture (John 4:21, 23 KJV) quoted above revealed to us and gave us a good understanding that the Lord Jesus Christ never started a religion, never joined a religion, and never obeyed religious rules. He discarded religion. Religion worships God in vain and never in Spirit (rooted in the Holy Spirit) and in truth – Matthew 15:9 KJV “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
Is religion man’s worst invention?
Yes, apart from religion being the human invention, it is man’s worst invention. The reason is that religion causes far more harm than good. The religious leaders have caused the creation of mental slavery of Christianity and put people in captivity/bondage – they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders – Matthew 23:2-4, 15 KJV “Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” Read and study Matthew 23:15 NIV “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.”
Religion is the man’s worst invention and there is nothing good in man according to Jesus Christ – Matthew 19:17 KJV “And he (Jesus Christ) said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God…” And since everything God created is very good (excellent), this means that the religious activities are the works of the devil through the human agents, therefore the Lord Jesus Christ came to destroy it (religion) – Genesis 1:31 KJV and 1 John 3:8 KJV “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he (Jesus Christ) might destroy the works of the devil.”
Jesus Christ destroyed religion in the New Testament – Mark 14:58 KJV “We heard him (Jesus Christ) say, I (Jesus Christ) will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.” In this scripture, the statement “temple that is made with hands” symbolizes “religion” while the phrase “build another made without hands” means “Christianity”.
Why does religion want people to believe it is not man-made or human invention?
This reason why religion wants people to believe that it is not man-made or human invention is characteristically, religious persons, particularly the religious leaders base their authority on claims of a god – including the claim that the god told them to do, abstain from doing, believe, etc., such-and-such: 1 Timothy 4:1, 3 KJV and Colossians 2:8, 20 KJV ” “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats… Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ….Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances.”
Another reason why religion wants people to believe that it is not man-made or human invention is that religious persons including the religious leaders deep down inside they know that religion is man-made and would make people question their authority. Therefore they will do everything possible to protect religion and make people believe that religion is not man-made or human invention.
ONE CRITICAL REASON WHY CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGION
Religion creates fear and guilt. It promotes curse and self-righteousness. But Christianity is all about the love of God and making it real in the lives of the people because God Himself is love: 1 John 4:8, 16 KJV “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love…..And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
This is the reason why God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, of love, and of a sound mind – 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Religion that is introduced and practiced in Christianity is manifested where the General Overseers or pastors are seen and made as middleman/mediator between God and men but in the practice of true Christianity, Jesus Christ is known and understood as mediator between God and men – 1 Timothy 2:5 KJV “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
The Lord Jesus Christ is the mediator of the New Testament – Hebrew 9:15 KJV “And for this cause he (Jesus Christ) is the mediator of the new testament…” No General Overseer or pastor is the mediator of the New Testament as no General Overseer or pastor died (for the sin of the mankind), buried and resurrected.
Religion in Christianity practices redeeming the firstborn, first fruits, tithing, anointing with the anointing oil of the Old Testament, making attempt to bribe God with sowing seed faith offerings, long fasting and prayer without living a constant holy life of holiness and righteousness as well as not having a personal walk and intimate relationship with God, etc. – and conditions attached to them are curse, fear, guilt and self-righteousness!
The parable of the good Samaritan by our Lord Jesus Christ is one perfect example of religion in the New Testament because the priest (pastor) is a religious leader and the Levite (a religious Christian) is a religious person in the parable. The Lord Jesus Christ condemned the actions of both the priest and the Levite against a certain man who fell among thieves and these thieves stripped him of his raiment, wounded him and left him half dead in the parable – Luke 10:25 -37
For emphasis sake, religion is where you see and experience without knowing at times the following: brainwashing, manipulation, scriptural twist, hero worship, plague of silence and conspiracy of silence, making merchandise of the gospel and the people, bless you industry, Jesus industry, industry of touch- not- my anointed doctrine, guilt, curse, fear,self-righteousness, doctrine of men, doctrine of devils/demons, idolatry, sorcery, elders are always right instead of the word of God, etc.
Jesus, God in human form and the founder of Christianity of the New Testament (New Covenant) came to destroy religion for individuals to be saved and then have a personal and intimate relationship with God in Him (Christ Jesus). The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the core of the irreconcilable differences with the religions of the world. He (Jesus Christ) is alive and all the founders of the world’s religions died and are still dead!
The religion falsely requires you to do something nice and great to humanity like be a good person or observe certain rituals/ traditions to get right with God and please Him but the Lord Jesus Christ already did all what is necessary on your behalf at the Cross of Calvary . As genuinely born again Christians, all our righteousness is in Him – 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV “For he (God) hath made him (Jesus Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” What He (Jesus Christ) did was to pay the penalty that God, who is holy, justly requires for sin which is death. And He gave us the New Testament (the New Covenant) which replaced the Old Testament (the Old Covenant) where you see and experience a lot of religious activities. In true Christianity, you will see and encounter the spiritual experience in reality of the truth of the word of God – Hebrews 9:14 -17 KJV “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.”
Nobody was a Christian in the Old Testament. The Old Testament believers/saints were religious people – they were not Christians as Jesus Christ did not die, bury and resurrect in the Old Testament but in the New Testament.
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