Someone reached out to me recently and shared a post that a friend of theirs wrote. This person had questions and wanted to know my thoughts on the matter. What could’ve been a simple statement turned into a novel, which translates into a new article for me to share. Sometimes the Word just flows. ;)To ensure that confidentiality is maintained, I will summarize the post in question into 3 main points and no names will be mentioned. Here is the gist of what I read:
- Man created religion as a tool used to suppress and control the masses. It’s manipulation.
- All “Gods” are created equal. Titles may be different but all higher powers are the same.
- We are deceiving ourselves if we think that what we believe is the truth.
Now I will share my response, pretty much word for word:
I know nothing of this person’s background or purpose in posting this, but I can say that I strongly disagree with their point of view. I re-read this a few times to be clear and it seems to me that he/she is drawing the conclusion that religion is a tool of manipulation and there is no such thing as one true and living God. Let me begin by saying that I’m not a historian and I don’t profess to know the ins and outs of other religions (an area of growth for me, but I can get you in touch with those who know more if need be), but the Word of God/Jesus Christ/Holy Spirit is clear!
- Yes, it’s true that some, you could even say many men, have used and abused religion, and misled people along the way. Have you ever seen The Book of Eli? While certainly not to be considered a Christian film, there were many Biblical undertones. The bad guy (spoiler alert) made a statement about wanting to get his hands on the Bible because it would bring him great power and manipulation over the people who were “weak”. Unfortunately there have been men throughout history with this mentality who abuse the Word, thus giving true believers a bad name. Even more upsetting is that their actions have given Christ a bad name too. But anyone who seeks after the Lord knows that he’s all about relationships. The closer we get to Him, and the better we get to know He and His Word, the more our perception into His true character will change. We have liberty in Him.
Galatians 5:1 (Amplified) reads:
In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].
Doesn’t sound like shackles to me!
2. There are numerous scriptures that support the fact that Jesus is the Messiah, he died on the cross and rose again (unique to every other religion/belief) and through Him alone we have access to our Father and eternal life. John1:14, 10:9,11:25, 14:6, Romans 5:2 to name a few…
And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal. 1 John5:20 (AMP)
Meditate on “Him Who is true”.
3. I want you to remain encouraged and know that there will always be someone claiming conspiracy or trying to diminish who God is in some kind of way. They can site “facts” and “history” all day, but that doesn’t change who Jesus is and what He did for us. Continue to be in prayer for them and the many others who would agree with their position. If Holy Spirit leads you to intervene be sure you are doing so with His wisdom, being wise as a serpent and harmeless as a dove. Otherwise, keep it moving (Matthew 7:6). Without God’s spirit, we can’t possibly expect the world to have accurate knowledge and clear understanding of the Word of God.
But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him]. For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (AMP)
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:9-13 (NKJV)
Whew. So that’s that! Anything else you’d like to add Saints? How do you know God is real?
Be blessed and enjoy these articles that came to mind as I wrote this: