There are many types of religions in the world, most commonly: Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism, Judaism, Mormonism, Hinduism and Christianity. There’s typically some type of worship involved, bowing, singing or offering. Some have a process or ritual of some sort that they believe will make them holy, a better or good person or pleasing in God’s eyes. They live by faith, creed, doctrine or theology and believe in a philosophy in life to go by, believing it will work out for them. Many of them have their dos and don’ts with or without consequences.
The serpent in the garden of Eden in the book of Genesis, tempted Eve and mentioned that she will be like God if she eats from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In Genesis 3:5, the serpent says to Eve, “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Knowing good and evil doesn’t make anyone a god or like god, it just confirms that you’ve been corrupted or tainted.
They were more like God before they ate from the tree, but were deceived by the serpent. A seed of distrust was planted in Eve by the serpent as it made her think that God was holding back something good, but rather protecting Adam and Eve from the very thing that would kill them on the inside, sin.
It’s sin that kills the very best of us, the part of us on the inside that is connected to God. It is sin that separates us from our Creator. Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
Not one is perfect. The Bible says, in the book of Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sins not.”
We can’t save ourselves from our own sin. In a world were darkness rules over the earth, it’s hard to keep ourselves from eating from that one bad tree. So if we’re all sinners, how do we get to heaven? How can our soul be saved? As much as we like to make our own rules, it’s hard to fight against that very thing inside of us that grieves when we defile ourselves.
We know deep down inside that we are lying to ourselves or that something doesn’t feel right. The Pharaoh in Egypt believed that he can pardon Moses’s sin of murder, but Moses knew that whatever pardon he gave, it didn’t set him free from the guilt of sin that was killing him on the inside. Moses ran away from Egypt and into the desert. There he found truth and freedom in God.
Through the lies of the serpent, we can become trapped in our sin, ever struggling to escape its grip over our lives. If not sin, trapped in religious laws, ever trying to be perfect or a good person, sometimes in self denial as if God does not see it all and on the inside, darkness resides.
The continual trying to be perfect on our own humanly efforts becomes our religion. The dos and do not’s keep us trapped in residual traditions often wondering where is the revival? Without knowing our Creator, how do we know where He has placed the true switch of pure joy? Do we keep believing that our religious traditions will saves us? What is love that we are motivated by it, protecting the ones we love or going through great heights for?
God’s plan in the beginning was a relationship, having faith in Him, that He is alive, He is present, He loves us, He knows us by name and He wants a relationship with His creation. By letting go of trying to follow laws and rules, but pursuing a relationship with our God will be the freeing factor, the part that sets us free from the law with that, referencing back to His words in the Bible.
Of all the many gods in various religions, Jesus is the only one that came down to earth from heaven, in human form, to die for humanity, being the sacrifice on the cross, taking on the sin of man. Thereafter, with our sins being washed away, we are then, no longer separated from God and can once again be back in relationship with Him. Rather than trying to follow rules, we are then inspired to follow the ways of the one we love,the one we trust, the one we have faith in, knowing He is a good God and knowing that He loves us.
It’s a relationship, not a religion.