"You CAN access the life of God without being
side-tracked by the pitfalls of religious tradition."
Searching for God
God, Getting Religion
Gospel and the Hidden Gospel"
Growing and Partaking in Christ"
Mysteries of God
Seven Spirits of God,
world of religion, what a world! Almost everyone is in their own
particular place regarding a search for a personal belief system. How
would we graph our place as a believer or an unbeliever? Do you know
what you believe? Do you know why you hold these beliefs? Some have
a belief in a god of some description, others may not.
Some pray, some believe in an afterlife, while others have no faith
in any god nor any life following this one.
There are so many religions inside and outside of Christianity. There
are so many named gods and paths to appeasing them. Within these myriad
forms of belief or worship some have developed a set of moral values
in accord with these beliefs. Indeed many of these values promote peace
and brotherhood toward the greater community. Meanwhile, other religious
beliefs may generate hatred and intolerance toward those outside of
that faith. Now some religions compel its followers to convert the world
to their viewpoint and to, in a word, cause the whole world to believe
according to that religion.
Religion is an admirable study for some, a mandatory doctrine for millions.
Religion in general revolves around the belief in "spirits"
as defined by Margaret Mead, the anthropologist.
The crusades were a demonstration of wrong Christian beliefs.
The inhumanities done were done in accordance with a form of religion
and not in conformity to the Gospel of Christ. The crusades and the
inquisition were chapters in Catholicism that further demonstrated an
abuse of power that is presumed when the rule of God on earth is assumed
in the rulership of a political church on earth.
Christianity at the present time is a message of love, acceptance and
forgiveness. Desolations and judgment against unbelievers is not to
be exercised by believers in the true Gospel. In the Gospel there is
an invitation to come freely and receive, partaking in the power of
Jesus' love, and forgiveness. There is no sword to convert the unbeliever,
but rather the demonstration of the supernatural power of God that converts
the heart and pursuades each that there is a loving God in heaven who
desires that no one dies under condemnation. "God so loved the
world - - ," John 3:16 is the often quoted basic text. Condemnation
never comes from the hand of a believer who is commanded to walk in
the same love and forgiveness that Jesus modeled to all.
This true gospel must contain 3 features to determine authenticity:
(Litmus Test for All Correct Christian Doctrine: See 2Corinthians
The gospel must present 'the right Jesus,' not an angel, not
merely a prophet nor a good man, not a teacher, but the only begotten
Son of God, the Jewish Messiah.
The gospel must present the 'right gospel', The gospel of good
news declares to all humanity that we may come to the giver of life
and receive eternal life and forgiveness freely, without the
mediation of a priest; The true gospel is not one of works, spiritual
disciplines and works of righteousness, Neither does is it combine faith
plus works; At the time of this writing the door remains open to any
who call upon the name of the Lord may enter this place of salvation
and righteous standing. The features of this gospel of truth and understanding
are detailed in the Holy Bible. Cults will present other optional sources
or traditions which present there own gospel. False doctrine does not
the offer gift of God through the cross of Jeshua (Jesus.)
The gospel must present 'the right Spirit'. There are many spirits
in the world, some sacred and others demonic, profane and devilish.
Spirits abound in the atmosphere of every nation and have affected human
life for thousands of years. Evil spirits were addressed by disciples
and apostles of Jesus' in Bible times. They are still present to seduce
and steal from the life, liberty and spiritual potential of all, even
a believer. The spirit of the world is a spirit of self exaltation and
pride. Of course modern thought and psychology discredits spirits as
a primitive and obsolete belief system. However, it is to be noted that
Jesus the Messiah came to "destroy the works of the devil,"
Satan, the ruler of all fallen beings. It is God's purpose to restore
the proper line of earthly rule under the dominion of Jesus Christ.
In due time nations will recognize him as the Holy One of God, appointed
Lord of all things. Evil or wrong spirits include, pride, rebellion,
witchcraft, defilement, sensuality, gluttony, drunkeness, etc.
God equals any other?
The broad-minded, ecumenical world would like to assert that any god
is essentially at par with any other, or declare they all are expressions
of the same sublime higher One.
I am now a Christian believer, but was not always so. Disallusioned
by religion, sensing all of the superficialities, the hypocrisies, and
the lack of any proof in the God of the Bible I went on searching and
doubting, and trusting that I was good enough not to fall into condemnation
in the event that my presumptions were wrong. I had heard the term "Good
News" referring the Gospel of the Messiah Jeshua (Jesus). But experience
in Christianity was only valued in a sentimental way. I knew the memories
of a lifestyle in my childhood. During these days I yearned to touch
and experience something that was real, powerful and persuasive. This,
I believe, is exactly where so many seeking people are at today. Hopeful,
but without proof that God is real and reachable. I was not taught that
God was a reality to be experienced and the Gospel is the Power of God
to effect human life in many profound ways outside of my religious experience.
The Gospel as the power
of God, powerfully persuades us to believe, in a God of love
who can impact human lives in remarkable life-changing ways that
exist out of the realm of church life. This is no shallow tradition
ruled religion, but knowing God who reveals himself as Saviour and King
of the universe. And even more amazingly, the Bible proves to be entirely
believable and consistent in spite of its detractors, who work continuously
to discredit any belief in its accuracy or consistency. Now when I hear
of a God who walked with man in a spiritually perfect world, I believe
it; when I hear of a God who did wonders in the days of Moses or the
prophets I do not doubt for one moment; when I hear the prophecies of
the appointed men of God to declare the end from the beginning I have
no doubt in the veracity of any of those words.
God spoke through prophets with inerrant accuracy to declare the Messiah
and his mission to redeem fallen humanity and all these prophecies came
to pass. Jesus as the lamb of God came to close the divide between God
and humanity. The resurrection of Jeshua, as irrational scientifically
unsound it sounds on the surface, remains the foundation of Christianity.
Resurrection establishes the "Power of the Gospel" and enables
any believer to partake in His divine nature.
of the world vary in name and beliefs. Establishing worldly kingdoms
as the launching pad for those beliefs is contrary to the Gospel. Christian
religions, including, Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and
most of the protestant denominations have distorted the simplicity of
the Gospel greatly, making it formalistic and religious. Churches
(Buildings with congregations) are now what people think of when we
imagine Christian practices. When ceremony and ritual are the practiced,
and where obligations or extraneous demands are taught, these are contrary
to the original Gospel, e.g. the Apostolic epistles.