There are perhaps hundreds of religions in the world today, but the five major religions are: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. It has been said that true Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with a risen Savior.
So what is a religion? A religion is a belief system in which the followers must do certain works or rituals in order to gain God’s favor.
Religious people, in their desire to please God, are reaching up to God with their rituals and works. But in Christianity we have God reaching down to man and saying, “You can’t do it. Jesus did it for you.”
Years ago I was privileged to travel to Nepal. I discovered that their religion is primarily a blending of both Hinduism and Buddhism. We saw their countless temples and around many of these temples were hundreds of cylinders—or prayer wheels. We were told that inside each cylinder was a long scroll containing prayers.
Our guide explained that no one can pray enough in a lifetime to please all the gods, but when a prayer wheel turns one cycle, all the prayers inside are heard. So if one spins the wheel around and around, all those prayers are heard many times.
We watched as people would walk around the temples spinning each wheel they passed. It broke my heart to watch, because I realized these people are literally spinning their wheels! They don’t have the truth that can set them free. They have a religion that cannot save.
As Christians, we don’t obey God and do good works to get saved. We get saved first and our good works are a result of our joy and the freedom we have in Christ. We want to serve God. It is not a duty. It is a privilege and a joy.
- For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
- Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19
- Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
- SONG: INTO THE LIGHT – By Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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