Friday, May 7, 2010

How can we know the difference between real faith and mere "religion"?

Question: I believe in God and Jesus is god son. But I don't believe in religion. religion is nothen more to me then a man made excuse to take money and kill in god's name. I love the old testament bible, I don't believe it should be mess with and change like it has over time. So Question,What am I? So many people I have talked to feel the same way. Why. Religion has always let me down, Jesus and God Never have.God never made religion or never said whos right or wrong, Religion , People kill in the name of religion, lie cheat , still, I want god in my life, I don't want no form of religion. 

Answer: Jesus said there would be tares sown among the wheat (Matt. 13:24-30). Wherever the true seed is sown, there will also be impostors imitating but opposing the growth of true believers.

As for the New Testament, Jesus predicted the Holy Spirit would come and teach the disciples all things concerning Himself, and future events (John 14-16). He gave a test by which any man can know whether the doctrine comes from God, which is 1) obey it and see for yourself, and 2) see how the doctrine glorifies God rather than men (John 7).

All false "religions" have one thing in common: they ultimately glorify man, and portray him as someone who can merit his own salvation. Only the gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins reveals man as a totally meritless sinner who depends entirely on the work of a sovereign God.

Jesus said I am the way, truth, and life, and no man comes to the Father, except through me. Salvation is entirely by grace, as a free gift, through faith in Christ's death and resurrection alone. Good works are the necessary fruit of saving faith (James), but not a condition by which man merit's his own salvation (Eph. 2:8-9).

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