Why is Religion so Appealing?
There are many proverbs, sayings and even scripture that talks about religion. Some say that all religions take you to the same place and it was once said that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. I have a saying that religion will take you to Hell faster than a speeding train wreck.
In Luke 7:13 Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”
Everyone wants to go to “Heaven” but live their life like it is just one giant party where the one with the most toys wins. Wins what? Have you noticed that when you go to a funeral the deceased person is the most loved and the best person one could ever have known? They are said to be looking down on us right now and it was such a blessing to have known them.
Even on television crime shows the homicide detective asks a friend or family member if the deceased had any enemies and they always respond with, “No, everybody loved little Johnny”. Well obviously not everybody loved him or he wouldn’t have ended up with a dozen bullet holes in him or those 32 stab wounds.
There’s a story that used to go like this:
A man dies and standing at the pearly gates he’s given a choice of Heaven or Hell. Before making his choice he’s given the option of seeing what each is like. He sees Heaven as a place where everyone is like angels with wings and just sitting on clouds, strumming on harps. Boring he thinks. Then he sees Hell as a party place, dancing, drinking and they even got a golf course. Everyone’s having a good time. His natural instinct say’s Hell is cool and he chooses Hell. As he enters Hell he smells the sulfur burning, smoke and fire everywhere and there’s no turning back. False advertising he yells at Satan. Satan replies “I just had a good advertising campaign, or you wouldn’t be here, stand over there and be quiet………..!”.
The truth of the matter is that religions are manmade institutions meant to control and prevent mankind from having a relationship with almighty God. Religion does not take you to Heaven. There is no Baptist section; no Pentecostal section; no Mormon section; and no Catholic section. There’s not even a Muslim or Islamic section; no Buddhist or Shinto sections either.
The only way to get to Heaven is through a relationship with Jesus who is the Christ.
In Luke 7:14 Jesus said, “But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
The time for choosing Heaven is now while you yet live. Everyone lives but one life and choosing eternal life is entering a relationship with Jesus, asking him to forgive you of your sin, then turning away from that sinful life and following after him with your whole heart, mind, body and soul.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
That is the good news that “God Loves You” and has made a way for you to live with HIM in Heaven eternally. It is up to you to choose relationship, not religion.
James 4:7, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Religions are like opinions, everybody either has one or wants one bad enough to create one.
Matthew 12:15-20, “15 Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
Do not believe everything others tell you. God has given each of us the ability to reason. We are to take every word and compare it to what the bible tells us. If what is being said does not measure up, we are to run away. Don’t take my word for it. Stand on the Word of God, it is the Word of Truth and after all we will all stand before the Judgement Throne of God, where every knee will bow and every tongue will declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. – I am the Real Truckmaster!