forgiven.jpgMost like to think whatever belief system they belong to that it’s the best around, and the only right one – trouble is that even the one that is i.e. Christianity, has those who make it weak by their power struggles and demand for control of the people they’re supposedly serving. So let’s start with Christianity. I can happily state that it is indeed the only faith system that guarantees heaven to those who submit and follow its founder – Jesus Christ. Why? Because firstly Jesus Himself stated that He alone is the Way the Truth and the Life and the ONLY way to the Father (and thus Heaven). That’s a statement no other belief system holds to. Secondly, He provides redemption for sins – again something no other religion has to offer through grace alone rather than, or with, works. And thirdly, He died, and rose again and is ALIVE – granting the same resurrection status to all His followers – all other false religions follow dead men or idol gods.  So Christianity is absolutely unique in every sense.

Now as to who makes this awesome faith weak – basically anyone who states that you absolutely categorically cannot consider changing your mind and leave said religion or you will not only be damned to hell, but absolutely left outside in the cold under 20+ anathemas, with no hope of forgiveness from anyone, least of all presumably God Himself, since it’s His Church you’ve left!!!  I trust we all know which brand of Christianity it is I’m talking about here?  What purpose does it serve to lay that burden on any believer other than to ensure they remain paid-up (and I mean that in the truest sense of the term) members who wouldn’t dare to risk eternal damnation over a possible change of their beliefs.  Please show me where in the Bible did Jesus, or anyone else, ever state that people were to be blackmailed into remaining within whatever religious order they’d either been born into or chosen?  God hasn’t laid such a burden on anyone to comply with what any manmade religious order imposes on its followers – but He has laid a burden on anyone who purports to be a Christian to ensure they adhere to the TRUTH alone as given in His Word alone, and to His commands, not mans.

Then we have the other major monotheistic faith (although it follows a different god!) which imposes yet more radical punishments on its followers if they dare to consider moving sideways at any point in their lives – its not content with just excommunicating said “apostates”, but prefers to just kill them off preferably in the most torturous and grotesque ways possible in order to truly ensure everyone else will stay put.  But as I maintain – all this does is show just what weak belief systems these are – if those who adhere to them have to be forced to do so, or at the very least, prevented where possible from exercising any attempt at free will or choice, then its not their god (lower case intentional!) who’s keeping them there is it??

bible-pic.jpgThose who become true Christians, who truly submit to the God of the Bible as revealed to the world by a Risen Redeemer and Lord – Jesus Christ – maintain their faith by choice despite horrendous persecutions by those who’re in one of those weak faith systems (but who feel this is how they show themselves to be powerful perhaps), not because they fear man, nor death, but rather because they truly do fear GOD – and because they have met Him and know Him personally, and trust His Word implicitly.  Now I appreciate that some reading this are quite likely Catholics who’re rankling that I dare to lump you in with Muslims, but sad to say the premise above still stands for Catholicism – if the Catholic Church truly were Christ’s Church on earth (and it alone!), then it would be utterly content to allow people to make free will choices about whether to join it, stay in it or leave etc given that it uses Peter as its role model.   Nowhere do we hear of Peter (who by the way never witnessed nor worked to save Gentiles predominantly, but rather the Jews!) stating anywhere that if people joined any congregation their choice or position within it by birth was irrevocable on the point of excommunication or exiling or any other form of punishment by man.   Even Paul whose ministry was to the Gentiles never makes such a statement.   However, most Christians accept that if someone doesn’t repent of their sins and accept Jesus as their Saviour, then they are indeed going to end up in Hell, (click here if you want a deeper explanation of that fact), but you absolutely do not have to accept one particular religious path over all others, in order to do that.  If that was the case, Protestantism with its multiple variants would absolutely be a mockery!    Religion doesn’t save anyone – Jesus does!!   Spot the distinction.

The whole point of the Gospel is FREEDOM – not slavery tofear_lord_1.jpg a religion.  Jesus came to set men free, not point them to a Gentile equivalent of the Pharisaical system He so vehemently opposed in His ministry. And if you do belong to one of those ‘weak’ faith systems, can I just encourage you that if you have sincerely repented of your sins, self will and disobedience to God, fully accepted Jesus as Redeemer of your sins personally, and granted Him alone the Lordship of your life, then you need not fear what any man or manmade religion dares to threaten you with.  Exercise the awesome gift of free will that God has provided for you, question, read and learn scripture for yourself (don’t trust anyone who insists you shouldn’t because you won’t understand it!), pray for God to reveal His Will to you and obey Him alone, and you will find strength, joy and freedom beyond anything any religion on this earth can offer. Christianity in its truest sense is not a religion, but a relationship, and that’s what you must develop above all else.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2 Timothy 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Galatians 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.