Notes on Religion from: https://www.jesusteachings.com/
Religion has veiled the Gospel.
This gospel is a manifestation of God’s Love at work: planting His righteousness in our minds and detaching us from the “things of this world” which are rooted in our souls. Unfortunately, until now, to many, the gospel has been hid. The “god of this world” hath blinded our minds with religion. As in the days of Jesus, the sheep have been caught up in the outward form and observances of religion. We have lost our way. The wolf has scattered the sheep. (John 10:12)
Read the Quran and you will see the teachings of Jesus, which Muhammad tried to restore, but again religion happened. “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”(Matthew 5:20)
The New Testament, the teachings of Jesus, which God the Father gave to him to give to us, speaks out against the Old Testament and its religious leaders. The New Testament reveals many of the Old Testament teachings are false, that the religion of those times had long ago become the Synagogue of Satan. The New Testament reveals the Old Testament’s Lord God as the Wicked One, Satan, by revealing the love and peace and Righteousness of God the Father, the Living God of truth and light.
Many people do not read their Bible. Some read a little, but not seriously. They are not seekers, they just believe what they are told. Others read the Bible, but what they are told blinds their minds from seeing what is written on the pages. Reading Matthew 6:13, “And lead us not into temptation” – this should read, “and keep us from temptation” BECAUSE “let no man say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted of God,’ for God does not tempt any man.”
Religion, uses deception and tricks to fool people.
There are many ways of releasing the satanic power, thus the many Masters, Gurus, Priests, Shamans, Witches, etc. around the planet performing great wonders: healings, appearing in dreams, putting wonderful visions in your mind or taking them away, creating beautiful sounds and feelings, and many other phenomena. They are using the deception of the satanic power, claiming it as being a spiritual power, as if it were from God. Whatever way they use this satanic power, the purpose behind them all is the same – control. They have been deceived and they are deceiving others; reading 2Thessalonians 2:9, “the works of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders”.
They profess that “faith” will bring conversion, a form of self-hypnotic brainwashing, but all one does is “appear” to transform the character by hiding the shortcomings and controlling the conduct through “fear of God:” outwardly dressed as sheep, but inwardly ravenging wolves. Such are always dominated by the soul within and its characteristics of self-love, self-indulgence and the temptation to sin. While bad habits can be removed, new habits simply fill the void.
We have been deceived by that Great Deceiver, Satan. We have been deceived by Satan’s greatest deception, religion. Take any religion around the world, in any era of man, and look at it’s history, it’s just like Genesis 2.
Long ago, way before Jesus’ time, Satan had established a political and religious system around the world, headed by loyal fallen angels under his control. These sons of the Wicked One were sown among the sons of God; walking among us with a pious outer appearance (not as humble little children). – Matthew 13:37-43
Religion is man made.
Each one of us needs to realize that every religion is a creation from the souls of men; the creations of slave religions. For once you know the “truth,” you are free!
Our beliefs have been handed down and given to us by men who likewise received handed down beliefs. Why do we continue to walk in the ways of our ancestors, worshipping idols (icons) and believing the same superstitions and lies? The time has come to turn from those false beliefs and superstitions of the past and return to the original teaching of Jesus. Wisdom now summons us to use our mind and “think” for our self. Isn’t it time to seek and become more “participating” in our own learning?
In 95-AD we read in the book of Revelation about John being told, by Jesus, that the seven churches, which sprung up from his teachings, had fallen away. Today’s “church structure” was established by councils of men; their doctrines developed by councils of men. (Creed of Nicea, Council of Nicea, Council of Constantinople, Council of Epheses, Council of Chaloedian, etc.) They rule through “fear & hate” from behind the mask of Peace & Love.
Some religions teach that God looks like a man; that God created man in his image with a head, a trunk and limbs, and eyes, and of course grey hair and a grey beard, sitting constantly on a throne, somewhere, passing judgment on everyone who does not agree with what the religious leaders tell you to believe. Idols, which your souls rationalize as icons, fill the religious corporations: but making a rendering or picture of someone you have never met nor seen IS IDOLTRY! Reading John 1:18, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” . . . . . and this is reiterated in 1 John 4:12, “No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
Religion has removed the hard work of righteousness.
Righteousness has been dropped out of religion, leaving only the husk of the word; as righteousness would be too much to expect of the massses who support the church leader’s comfortable lifestyle of leasure. The church members never have any “experience of revelation” from God, as they are taught to believe only the church elders have such a communion, to wait until they are told by men higher up.
Violence was not supposed to be preached.
There are about 35 examples in the Quran of the word Jihad: the striving against the baseness of oneself. A seeking to overcome evil and being good: a different terminology is used for physical fighting.
All religions degenerate into self righteousness over time.
All religions degenerate into the same self-righteousness, given time. This was Jesus’ testimony to the Hebrews of his time, that their Jewish religion had become corrupt. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ should shine unto them.” (2Corinthians 4:4)
The problems all start when the people of a religion believe, or are told to believe, that they are CHOSEN for some purpose by a “God” who will reward them. However, “No man hath seen God at any time.” (John 1:18)
And reading 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure Sound Doctrine; but after their own lusts (earthly desires) shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned to Fables.”