WHICH IS THE TRUE RELIGION?
If you are searching for a true religion, you will never find it.
How say you?
That’s right! There is no such thing as a true religion.
No such thing as a true religion. What are you saying?
Consider the different religions of the world.
The main one you would think of would be Christianity. But which doctrine of the many Christian religions would you say would be the true one?
Which doctrine? Aren’t they all the same?
What do you mean by “doctrine?”
Let us consider “doctrine” to mean, something that is taught
This brings us to think about the different doctrines taught by churches.
Then the question that comes to mind is, “Which church teaches truth? – or you might say, the true doctrine?
A bigger question arises. What about other religions like Hindu, Islam, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, to name a few.
And then the question arises: Why do they not all teach the same doctrine?
What would be your answer?
This consideration brings us to the many different churches and the many different doctrines taught.
Suppose we consider the different doctrines taught by the following: Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Apostolic, Missionary Alliance, and all other considered as Christian. How many more can you name?
Would we not have difficulty determining which religions were truly Christian?
We certainly would. We do have difficulty finding not only what all religions teach, but we also have difficulty finding the truth in what is considered the Christian religion.
The majority of us want what we believe to be true. We also accept what we have been taught to be true.
Should we blindly accept the doctrine we have been taught, or should we test the truth of what we have been taught?
How can we test for truth?
There is one source to which we can refer, but we must be willing to try it.
Is this source to which you refer a book?
Yes, I refer to the Bible.
But you will not be able to understand the Bible unless you meet the author.
How do I meet the author?
I will explain that to you later.
First, you must begin to read the Bible and try to believe what you read.
How can I understand what I read if I cannot believe it?
Then you will not understand it if you will not digest it.
You will be directed to where to read by our Creator.
Who is our Creator?
That is what you will learn.
Where in the Bible do you suggest I should begin reading?
How much do you already know about the Bible?
If you know there are an Old Testament and a New Testament, I suggest you begin to read in the New Testament.
The New Testament begins with the writings given by God to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
I suggest you browse through these four Gospel writers until you come to a place that attracts your attention. That would be God’s leading.
If you continue to read in this fashion, I believe you will find you desire to read more.
Then you may want to read the first book, Genesis, in the Old Testament.
In the book of Genesis, you will learn how God created the world and its occupants.
As I said before, you will not learn unless you believe what the Bible reveals to you.
You will be startled to find that the words seem to come alive; they will seem to communicate with your own thoughts. You will find that your mind will search for understanding and you will enjoy actually communicating with God.
You will also learn a startling concept, why our Triune God cannot truly be called a religion. How can this be true? Actually, the word “religion” refers to theology or doctrine. In Roget’s International Thesaurus, one place refers to “Religious Affections” and another place refers to “Religious Doctrines”. The Godhead is not a religion. The Godhead refers to three persons, Father, Holy Spirit, and Jesus, the Son. They are all one God, equally the same. They are Deity.
The Bible, itself, testifies to this: In James 1:27, we read: “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.” Pure religion is a good thing, but does not earn you a place in heaven. You need a personal relationship with Jesus, the Author.
Remember the question, “How do I meet the author?” The Bible gives many ways in which to meet the author. One way is found in the Gospel of John, Chapter 3, verse 17, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
There are many verses in the four Gospels which inform about who God is. All you need to do is read the Bible. To know the true God is to be eternally free to enjoy eternal life.
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