Many people in the whole world claim to be religious and subscribe to one or more religious authorities, some of which are found to be cultic. The Bible helps us to determine which one is a true religion by relating the characteristics of Jesus Christ and false teachers. This article provides 5 tips to guide people on how to find a true religion.
The source of authority
False religions usually exalt the leader of their religion instead of God who created the heavens and earth. They pay tribute and worship a personality or the founder of their religion. Such people obey their religious leader without questions and they take his/her to be the final authority. A true religion recognizes God and His son Jesus Christ as the final authority in all matters of faith.
The literature they use
True religion believes in the Bible as the infallible word of God. It is the creators manual to guide all his creation to live in harmony for the glory of God. It talks about the creation of the universe, the present downfall of mankind, Godís redemptive plan and the future destiny of man. Any other religion that does not believe in the Bible as the true word of God and tries to supplement it with other books or uses other books as their major source of authority is questionable.
God exists in three personalities, God the father, God the son (Jesus) and God the Holly Spirit. The father is the creator, the son is the savior and the Holly spirit is the giver of life/counselor. He is the same God but existing in three personalities to provide sufficient services to His people. A religion that does not believe in the trinity of God is a false religion. This trinity is depicted in Godís creation such as three parts of an insect, tree parts of a tree or a person.
The words and actions
False teachers usually promote the attitude to Ďdo as I say and not as I doí. They are hypocrites and do the opposite of what they teach their followers. May religions have caused a global moral crisis and the genuine seekers remain puzzled as to which one is the true region? You will know them by their fruit. Any religion that does the opposite of what it teaches is a false religion and misleading. So take heed!
The concept of Jesus
Jesus is the son of God who came from heaven to the planet earth to redeem mankind from both the penalty and consequences of sin. He sacrificed his life, died, was buried, and resurrected on the third day thereby reconciling man back to God. This is the only way God could reach mankind, talk with him in order to know and attend to his problems. God was pleased to have all his authority vested in Jesus Christ. Any religion that does not believe in this truth is considered to be false hence questionable.
It is not a simple task to get a true religion but a close look at the source of their authority, attitude towards the Bible, the Trinity, their actions and the position they give to Jesus Christ would help you to differentiate between a false and true religion and the right church to stay in.
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