If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 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. (James 1:26-27 KJV)
Have you thought to yourself about why we have so many religions throughout the world? Even though God created this world for us to dwell in, why do we have so many gods that people to worship. Just think about this. The world would be alright if there is only one supreme God and wouldn't have to face suffering in our lifetime. Wait a minute here. Did God create a perfect world in the beginning? If so, how come the world is so chaotic today?
The answer to that question is simple: we let Satan take over the world. We just cannot blame on Adam and Eve's mistakes, even though they started to refuse God's order (Genesis 2:16-17). We are accountable our own mistakes. God didn't make us as robots. Instead, He gave us freedom to choose which way we should live in this earth.
Even though there are many religions, we can put them in two religion categories--God vs. man's made religion. Since the world chaotic situation was broken out in Genesis 3, people had decided to create religions that fits to their needs rather than to trust Almighty God. Throughout this message series, we are going to expose things that most ministers are not bringing the subjects to their congregations, such as America dark secret society within colleges and universities and Roman Catholicism. I believe that America is facing God's judgement right now because we have not woke from the darkness situation. Our government is in mess right now because we walked away from its foundation as Christian nation. We are not sure why we have so many natural disasters occur in our nation, even though our government is behind most natural tragedy events with using a device is called HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program). You can research on HAARP in your time.
Now, let's begin this exciting blog message series with this question: What is Christian? Today, most people believe that being in America, they automatically identify themselves as Christians. Why they think that? First, our country was founded by the biblical principal as well as freedom of religion. Second, America is fulfilled with churches of any denominations, such as Baptist, United Methodist, Church of God, Catholicism, and etc. You can find churches at anywhere. But, here is a problem. If you ask a person on the street that if he or she is a born again, that person would have a hard time to give you an answer to the question. That was same problem with Nicodemus had in John 3. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and he knew God's law, mostly Law of Torah. Let's read John 3:1-5:
"There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
Nicodemus knew his stuff, but he didn't understand the life application of it. It is just not enough for us just read and understand the historical part of the Bible. Being a Christian is literally means a disciple or learner of Christ (Acts 11:26). Jesus said in John 8:31b-32, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." This is what Jesus said. First, we become students of the Truth. Second, we shall understand the truth, so we can apply to our lives. Then, the truth shall make us free. Free from what? From the devil scheme and from our own sins. We were all born from slavery of sins. Paul said in Romans 3:10-11, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God." We were aliens from being citizens of God's kingdom. But God decided that He gave us His only begotten Son to pay our debt of sins on the Calvary. If you watched Passion, which I don't recommend for you watch it due to Roman Catholic Church doctrine, Jesus faced really horrifying death for our sins. It was very painful for us to watch the way Romans killed Him if we were there. Isaiah 53:4-5 says, "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Being a disciple is not mean that you are above God (see Matthew 10:24-25). Satan tried to be above God, but he failed miserably (see Isaiah 14:12-15). We are His people and cannot climb up above God. People of Babel tried to build a tower that could reach to heaven, but they failed (Genesis 11). This is why we have so many different languages today. God confused their language because of Tower of Babel that people tried to build. Instead, we need to give our wills to God and follow Jesus (Matthew 16:24).
Are your love ones and friends saved in the grace of God through Jesus Christ? The purpose of this study is to help you to become closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3.)
If you are lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus Christ and want to know Him as your personal Savior and Lord of your life, please consider asking Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-10, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." If you have done in your private room or workplace, then you need to tell to your friends or love ones about what you have done, so they may rejoice with you and want to have that relationship with Christ in their own life. There are many occults in the world, which do not know the love of God and His great plan for those who believe in Him. As it is written in John 3:16, "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."