Side-Effects of Religion
Make or Break?
What are the side-effects? Is there any or is there none at all? When one talks about something so subjective and as questionable as religion, it will depend on how each person views the theological spectrum of the issue with an open mind and heart. What one can or cannot see as good or bad would stand out as the most crucial backdrop for us to decide whether to continue making it as a tradition passed down from generation to generation, or to break completely free from it while we can. We may like to think that we are living in modern times but the moment we bring religion into our lives, we do not realize that we actually are bringing back centuries old problems to stand in our way to have a spiritual relationship with the one true God that we should worship and none other.
Have we so easily forgotten or had become so ignorant? It was God who created us, not religion! So how could we worship man-made idols and religions not recognized and endorsed by the one true God [Exodus 20:4-6]? The one true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had made it very crystal clear in the Bible with His divine revelation how humans can reconcile with Him again and that is only by obeying the gospel of Jesus to become Christians who by God’s standard would stand out as the ‘amazing-race’ of God. So why do people still go banging their heads against the wall by going other ways? Would this be amazing or amusing?
What one sees as “right” to follow and practice in a religion is always not the case for another person. When everyone starts “proclaiming” one’s religion as right and supreme, it only makes everyone become self-righteous and ‘stiff-necked’ that could easily spark conflicts and unrest in any given society. But the worst of all is when such compromising religious bigotry would become detrimental to the heart and conscience of all people whether religious or not. This is one of the worse side-effects everyone regardless of race is facing that is known to be the most satirical yet inevitable challenge for everyone to face – religious or not! The big issue here is not so much about whose religion is right and supreme or whether one’s right to practice one’s religion be “tolerated” and “respected”. It’s about the urgency to have the common sense to ‘come clean’ once and for all. It’s about whether one is making sense of oneself with what one believes that is really leading to the one true Almighty God or not!
Have you ever asked yourself the question whether the religion you pay homage to is making sense? If not, then why keep fooling yourself worshiping those man-made “gods” made out of wood, stones and even gold or other dogmatic religions that cannot be divinely substantiated when you can go directly to the one and only true Almighty God who already had shown us the proper channel [Jesus] to come to Him?
To me, I see religion as more of a big problem than a sensible solution. Take one example such as the case of those religious festivals in India when practicing of religious rites for “redemption” would more often than not be causing more deaths than “cleansing” of sins in a river. Almost every year there would be reports of death because of the widely known stampede due to sudden pandemonium in the crowd going frenzy with their superstitious beliefs to cleanse themselves of sins with the so-called holy water from a river that’s polluted instead. How could such religious rites be substantiated, let alone hold water?
People do not see religion as the main reason that is disintegrating the heart and conscience of everyone inside that becomes the stumbling block to reconcile with God in a correct way which should be God’s way, not man! If you don’t know where to start looking for God’s way to become reconciled with Him, the best place to start looking is, of course, the Bible and that’s in John 14:6. If not, where else?
Now if what I’m reporting here is what you could have read in the news media or seen in the Internet all such religious mythologies and practices are as true as what you have read in the Bible that God abhorred in Galatians 5:19-21 that stemmed from the sinful nature of humans, can you say I’m being ridiculous and bias about other people’s religion and unbelievers just because I believe Jesus is the only answer and solution to sin, death, and the devil and that any other conventional religion is not? Well, the truth is still out there. It is up to everyone to search for the truth and work out their own salvation with fear and trembling – or not at all!
Generally, what people can only see is that as long as the “freedom” to practice one’s religion is not restricted, it would bring all people together in what would seem as “peace” and “harmony” on the outside, but little did one know about the side-effects brewing inside. People are easily misled to think that as long as one doesn’t go overboard by practicing “moderation” in one’s religion, everything will be fine and dandy. Is that so?
How does the call for “moderation” in religion works and in what sense? Does subscribing to “moderation” means there is moderate freedom available for Muslims to choose Christianity or moderate freedom for Christians to proselytize Muslims? Or does it only mean that in some special cases, Muslims can still commit the act of apostasy to make “moderation” possible? What about the case of proselytizing Muslims? Does it also mean Christians need only fear “moderate” retaliation from those extremist Muslims for preaching the gospel of Jesus to other humble and innocent Muslims? If that is the case where you are pretty much stuck with a little of what you can do and a little of what you cannot do, what’s the point and purpose in propagating “moderation” and especially when Islamic laws say otherwise? Meaning to say – for a Muslim to become a Christian, one either can or cannot in the extremist sense and that there is no in-between as in the case of moderation. You can’t be half Christian and half Muslim, can you?
One case in point is the death penalty imposed on Muslims committing the act of apostasy. What have you got to say about this? Do you consider this as extremism or moderation? Such existing religious law such as “apostate” is good enough to prove that it is already bordering on extremism, not on moderation. So, is not calling for “moderation” the same as building castle in the air?
Does bringing “moderation” into religion always bring about good only and would solve all problems of religious conflicts and controversies? I do not think so! No matter how you’d like to think so, the truth is – it is not so! Because – if the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ does not in any way trigger the hearts and conscience of humans to the extremist point of feeling remorseful of their sins and falling on their knees to repent by obeying the gospel of Jesus, what do you think “moderation” could do to the hearts and conscience of humans when the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ could not?
Therefore, if we cannot or are unwilling to become extremists for Christ just as Christ had become an extremist to the point of sacrificing Himself and died on the cross for our sins so that we may have eternal life, what makes you think “moderation” is the answer? That’s why God shown us ‘the way, the truth and the life’ [John 14:6] so that we know how to break completely free from our centuries old problems in practicing religions that are no longer practical and acceptable to Him, especially with “burnt-offerings” because such practices of…
Religion deteriorates the environment.
No doubt, the Bible in the Old Testament depicted how the Israelites often times made animal sacrifices and incense burning as traditional practice to offer “burnt-offerings” to the Almighty God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob mostly to sanctify themselves which was the traditional way to ask for forgiveness of sin. But now, that is history! Why? Because now we have Jesus Christ as our one and only Mediator – that’s why! Even God had already changed with the modern times and mind you, that was nearly two thousand years ago [Acts 17:16-31].
Based on such biblical factual evidence alone, it has already made you become pretty outdated if you still make “burnt-offerings” like incense and joss-sticks and worse to man-made “gods” and for whatever religious rituals in the hope of redeeming yourself! He [God] had already fulfilled the promise to do away with the old covenant to sanctify oneself with a new covenant that was made possible with the ultimate sacrifice instead – that of His Son, Jesus to atone for the sins of mankind so that we, as so-called modern people, do not have to go back to the old ways to make “burnt-offerings” to God.
And mind you – that was already prophesied in the Old Testament by the prophet Isaiah in chapter 53 the coming of a Messiah who would ultimately bear the sins of the world since all the prophets in the Old Testament could not carry out such a massive task. Thus, such radical and unprecedented change that God made is helping us to save the day and the planet from being polluted and destroyed incessantly by the foolishness of idol-worshiping that involved open burning. And of course, the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 53 by Jesus Christ shedding His blood on the cross has become in what Christians from the 1st century already believed is the one and only hope of salvation for all mankind which is why it is called the Good News [gospel] of Jesus Christ.
Because God made a new covenant to send Jesus as the Mediator and ultimate sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind, hence, such outdated religious practices of “burnt-offerings” should no longer be practiced to make it become a ‘threat’ to our health and the health of our Mother Nature! Did you not know that? If not, do you not realize you are so awfully outdated according to the New Testament in 2 Corinthians 5:17? That is the reason you do not see Christians whether Jews or not making “burnt-offerings” [open burning] of any kind to God anymore starting from the 1st century as substantiated by the apostle Paul in Acts 17:24-29. So understandably, religions whether or not with “burnt-offerings” do not get you anywhere, anymore – only Jesus does! [John 14:1-4]
If people keep fooling themselves and continue not making sense of what they religiously practicing that are in fact leading to more side-effects [environmentally and health-wise] than benefits, can I not safely say then there will never be any hope in their lifetime to ever break away from suffering the side-effects of religion? To make matters worse, such side-effects of religion will cause not just them but others to suffer too because of all the religious open burning! Does not anyone know the hazards of open burning? Anyone who has even a wee bit of general knowledge will know that those religious “burnt-offerings” of incense, prayers paraphernalia and huge joss sticks are much the same as open burning that are carbon footprints that not only irritates the eyes and throats if inhaled, but are what causing the greenhouse effect contributing to the already worsening condition of global warming. Did you not know that when a house or building is on fire, it’s not the fire that BBQ you beyond recognition, it’s in the inhaling of toxic smokes that would kill you first and instantly? The more people continue burning religiously or for agriculture purposes making the yearly haze as an occupational ritual, the faster everyone getting choked and fried obviously because it’s making the Sun burning extra furiously too!
Have you not been taken for a ride far enough with such undermining religious practices of open burning?
As this has already triggered the domino effect with chain of events taking place one after another, it will eventually lead to the world experiencing serious heat wave and frequent drought that is already starting to happen. Apparently, the current hot spell that keeps recurring now and then will soon become permanent coupled with more and faster infrastructure development such as housing and commercial buildings that would lead to another serious problem. And that is water! Naturally, one would see a rise in water consumption. But soon enough there will be lesser rainfall to ultimately no rainfall because of global warming. You know what happens when this happens?
When there is no rain which literally means no water to drink, let alone bath and wash your cars, there will be of course panic and pandemonium and all hell will break loose fighting for water. Surely anyone can easily picture this will happen in the not too distant future, right or not? By then, it will be too late even to “cry God a river” should the world ever come to such man-made disaster. Perhaps, if you understand this simple and practical Mother’s nature theory, you will understand clearly what you and the world will be like without water! Is water not precious to you? If so, why do you still not become obedient and come back to “papa” [God] through the proper channel [Jesus] and abandon all other religious practices with no questions asked? If you can wisely equate water with God that you cannot live without, then stop all these mindless religious open burning immediately and just do the right thing by obeying the gospel of Jesus to save yourself and God’s beautiful planet for goodness sake! [John 6:35]
Here is a simple equation to remember: No God = No Water! No Religion = No Problem!
By the time everyone sees the side-effects of religion that are so seriously disastrous and a threat not only to the heart and conscience of everyone but the environment as well, it would be practically too late to do something to reverse the critical and dangerous condition we ultimately have brought upon ourselves and the planet. Indeed, it is a little too late now and too little done to stop or repair the damage all because humans preferred to turn away from the one true Almighty God and worship all other unknown gods that man-made religions created and which also could be seen as destroying Mother Nature plus the health and spiritual well-being of all humans!
As a result of humans’ foolishness and incompetence to protect the environment and our health and not to mention – our conscience, there are already irreversible signs showing so clearly and even felt that it is either getting too extremely cold for humans to become frozen as ice lollies, or too extremely hot for others to become eatable BBQ [char siew]. What’s even worse to happen is that when the wrath of Mother Nature starts wreaking havoc, it does not do so moderately and that’s for sure as everyone if not having experienced it before would have at least seen its fury reported in the news! If mankind not kind to Mother Nature, naturally, Mother Nature will not be kind to mankind! Heard of this adage?
As a result of us humans becoming so ‘stiff-necked‘, we no longer can save ourselves by our “own” religious ways any more than we can save the planet by all these religious open burning that are not even acceptable in the sight of the one true God in modern times. Either way, you still perish whether by the air pollution you helped to create or by whatever religions that screwed you and the world up.
So what are you going to do about it? What would be your top priority? Do you not know by now what is more important and valuable to you? Now you have only 2 options to choose from. Either you abandon God and carry on with your own religious ways to “kill” the people and the planet with your harmful religious practices, or abandon your harmful religious ways and obey God according His will and plan clearly laid out in the New Testament of the Bible. The reason you still do not make use of the only chance of the second chance to save your soul now by coming back to the LORD [God] in the only correct path to have eternal life through Jesus Christ is because you have failed miserably to believe there is a war raging inside everyone one of us and that is the Holy War! And the enemy we have to fight is the devil inside, not other humans outside. The “devil inside” implicated here is our sinful nature that is what causing us to be separated from God with all those idols-worshiping and man-made religions. Because we are so awfully blinded by our own ways, we have become like lost souls badly in need of spiritual redemption or disappear into eternal oblivion of darkness soon enough!
Religious Freedom: Good News or Bad News?
If you are living in a multiracial society, you can obviously see a pattern that everyone would be expected to follow and honestly, that is already what would be “killing” everybody’s chance of salvation for not looking on both side of a coin and make proper assessment of what the side-effects of religion are.
If you’re Chinese and Chinese-educated, you shall be expected to embrace either Buddhism or Taoism as your religion or you would be seen as having “betrayed” your ancestors. The only best chance of a Chinese becoming Christian or Muslim is when one is bi-lingual and whether one is living in Western countries or not. At least, there’s a freedom to choose in this case, but is it bad news or good news?
If you’re an Indian, whatever education background you come from, you too shall be expected to follow your parents to embrace Hinduism although there’s a mix of Indians who are Christians as well as Muslims. As there’s also freedom to choose in this case, is it bad news or good news?
If you’re of the Malay race, it’s totally a different story altogether as you would strictly be bound by the federal constitution of the country to become a Muslim the moment you’re born. Even when you have grown up and have a mind of your own to think and reason, you’re still obligated to stay as a Muslim whether you like it or not. You will not have the luxury of freedom to choose other religion to embrace as doing so would be committing “apostasy” that is not allowed according to the man-made doctrines of the religion. As there’s no freedom to choose in this particular but peculiar case, is it bad news or good news?
If you’re a Caucasian, naturally you’re more or less “expected” to become a Christian as you have all the luxury of freedom in the world to embrace Christianity, yet atheists and skeptics are still aplenty in this case, so is it bad news or good news? If ever there is good news here on earth, don’t you know what it is by now?
If you’re an Arab and living in the Middle-East, you would be “born” and die a Muslim. Doing otherwise would be fatal because Islam is your “supreme” religion whether you like it or not. Although there’s religious freedom for Christians to become Muslims and not otherwise, a Christian would be restricted in sharing the gospel with the Muslims as doing so would be subjecting oneself to persecution for proselytizing. Is it good news or bad news?
What’s the purpose of outlining such pattern of beliefs in different racial communities? This is to let you see clearly what religions people are embracing would be based largely on their racial ethnic background and that they are usually stuck with for the rest of their lives because of one reason or another. Meaning to say – people are making many “gods” to worship out of many skin colors while the one true Almighty God of many skin colors is not acknowledged, feared, respected and worshiped. People of all religious background hardly would consider the option [freedom] of looking into other beliefs that are outside of theirs. The problem is, how often do you hear of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, or Muslims “researching” one another faith to have a better understanding so that one can use the ‘common sense’ to tell if one’s “religion” is really the correct path to come back to the one and only Almighty God and not only for the sake of “fostering” unity among different religious groups? The point people always fail to grasp here is, they always got all their priorities wrong whether spiritually or not even when told how to get them right. How sad it is that people keep banging their heads against the wall. In other words, humans are as rebellious and disobedient as ever to the one true Almighty God since the days of Noah and the greatest flood ever known in the history of civilization that destroyed the disobedient and unrepentant ones.
Is this not disturbing enough for you to put on your spiritual thinking cap? Are you thinking out of the box or are you becoming more theocratic instead?
If what I have just pointed out does not give anyone regardless of race the luxury of freedom in searching for the truth – it means only one thing. As far as the rights of everyone to practice religion is concerned, people still are adamant that all races are better off leaving one another alone to have their “own way” to God, right? So then, here is the issue: You have people telling you there’s no need to “research” or “disturb” the peace and harmony among the people and go searching for the one and only true way to God that would very likely “threaten” the peace and harmony of the people for doing so. Is that right? If so, then you must ask yourself this life and death question.
Life: Is achieving all of what in the world like “peace” and “harmony” through “moderation” by “respecting” and “tolerating” each other religion more important than knowing whether it is well with your soul?
Death: Is having “peace and “harmony” more important than to have the luxury of freedom to choose and be sure where your soul will be resting in eternity? Don’t you think you should at least be fair to yourself by giving yourself a chance to think out of the box what really matters in your life spiritually? Why spiritually? Have you forgotten? If you are not on God’s side, the Satan will immediately claim your soul upon death! The scariest thing is we can’t see that kind of “paranormal” activity happening when we’re alive but only immediately after death! And that’s too late then!
No one is predestined to end up that way because everyone has the luxury of freedom to choose while still breathing God’s breath of live! That is why if you do look on the other side of a coin, you may find it shocking to know the harsh truth about where you went wrong and will be heading from the Bible’s [God] point of view. Why take the risk with eternal death when you can opt for eternal life by obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ? Do not let the Satan take control of your soul because that only means eternal sufferings of the second death which is hell. The only time you can decide a proper dwelling place for your soul in the next life is to do something about it in this life – now! One thing for sure is that this is no laughing matter! How can you laugh anymore when you’re suffering and not in the good hands of the Lord? And why would you be fooling yourself unnecessarily going other ways when you can become saved by obeying the gospel of Jesus which is the one and only way [John 14:6]?
If you find yourself in such a malignant and unfortunate position, this only goes to show that you are still being disobedient and rebellious to God for believing your own ways are “right” and will “suffice”. This is what I called the side-effects of religion that would be leading people nowhere but to an eternal oblivion one shall find not as blissful as when one has gotten awfully misled in one’s man-made religion whatever it is. Being such a case that you have made of yourself, you are then going in the direction that is certainly not according to God’s will and plan as outlined in the Bible. Why I say so? That’s because I have found ‘the way, the truth and the life’ [John 14:6] to the living God that all man-made religions tell me otherwise. And now this is what you could not set yourself free by continuing to be disobedient and unrepentant, could you?
Religious Freedom: Pros and Cons
What people don’t realize about the downside of having absolute religious freedom is the adverse effect that usually backfires more than fire someone up. That’s because such autonomous privilege in religions will give people more absolute reasons to deviate and stray from worshiping the one true Almighty God. Instead, people will see their “ways” and “creeds” look and sound better than God’s word [the Bible] whether it is idol-worshiping or monotheism in Islam and even in Christendom!
As such, one can see clearly that the more freedom people enjoy, the easier and quicker they would take God for granted. And this begs the question: How could anyone living in one’s lifetime yet not smart enough to know there is one and only Almighty God [Deuteronomy 10:16-17] and not many based on skin colors? Does having religious freedom means one can practice polytheism as in the case of all the religions each having one’s own gods or deities identified by different names?
How could it be possible that worshiping so many earthly man-made ‘gods’ would lead to the one and only true Almighty God? Can you marry many women that will lead to giving birth of one child only? What sense does it make? If you ask Lucifer [the Satan] this question, he of course, will tell you it makes perfect sense because he is the creator of many gods and religions so that humans will be miserably confused and end up not worshiping the one and only true Almighty God that sent Jesus who is the one and only hope of salvation for all mankind!
Surprisingly, when there is no religious freedom at all, miracles would start happening. People would then yearn to learn who the one and only true Almighty God is. And when they found ‘the way, the truth, and the life’ [John 14:6] to God so worthy of devotion, if indeed they do, they would be so willing to the point of getting persecuted or martyred for their faith as in the case of the apostles of Jesus in the first century and even Christians today in some parts of the world like N. Korea in particular.
Do you know what seems to be the problem with humans? When they have all the religious freedom in the world to get to know the one and only true Almighty God, they don’t appreciate it by making full use of it and search for the truth who the one and only true Almighty God is. When they don’t have it, only then will they be willing to fight and even die for it. Almost everyone will never know where and how to find God until one becomes unwittingly deprived of the freedom to do so or perhaps only when tragedy strikes with loved ones and properties wiped out in natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, killer diseases, so on and so forth. It is not so much the issue of religious freedom that is the cause for concern. Rather, it’s when one does not have a heart and conscience to see the urgency in making oneself right with God is what seems like the biggest issue of humanity since time immemorial. Still people are so blinded to see until now especially with those who have all the religious freedom in the world because there are so “many” ways to choose from according to Lucifer who is the greatest Deceiver of mankind – Genesis 3:1-5, John 8:42-47.
Another biggest issue yet is when people are purportedly going in all the wrong directions in seeking the truth that would not be leading us on the correct path to God even though the correct path has already been paved for us so long ago by Jesus who, in so doing, had to die and shed His blood to make it possible for the sake of all of us. The worse thing is, we don’t even know how feeble-minded and fragile we are that God had to come down from heaven to save us personally from all of our foolishness. If that is not the one and only true Almighty God that we should praise, glorify and worship, then there is no reason for us not to get awarded the ‘double-bonus’ award [refer to the Cursed Revisited post] in the end.
So is it still the best solution to become an “extremist” after all?
Why not? And it’s a “no” and “yes” answer to be honest. It depends on how you do your homework. If you use your head to do an in-depth analysis of what is being impartially explained in this post, everything starts falling into place like a puzzle. If you base your study on the accounts above and not only that but with an open heart and mind as well, you can see clearly that no can say it is right or wrong, bad or good when it comes to the personal “perception” that led to one’s belief in embracing one’s religion whatever it is. Everyone will definitely hold on to their positions and defend their faith as much as all screwed up extremists will keep making “human-burgers” out of anyone standing in their path.
As it is, those screwed up extremists would go on a killing spree to prove that it’s okay to kill as they still think they are “right” and “good” in the sight of their version of “God” whatever name it is in their language. Does it make sense? To you or others maybe yes, but to me it’s definitely no! So this brings us to a conclusion that everyone thinks and believes one’s “religion” whatever it is, is worthy of devotion, right? Can then one say it is bad or good? You can’t because what’s “good” to you is not so to others and vice versa. What’s the solution then? If you want to be on the safe side, it’s better to take “no” for an answer then. If you take “no” for an answer in this case, perhaps then you may see there’s a chance for you to become saved end of the day.
The “NO” answer.
No – of course not! It’s not the best solution in the sight of God to become an “extremist” if the purpose is to go on a killing spree to promote your religion and strike “fear” in the hearts of those you consider as “infidels” for not accepting your religion. In other words, no, it is NOT okay to kill “infidels” no matter who they are. Neither is it okay to impose your somewhat religious edicts [man-made ones] on your brothers or sisters and kill them for leaving your religion just because your religion forbids them to commit the “apostasy” act. Did your “God” tell you to obey all of such mindless and heartless commandments? If so, then you are 100% screwed up in the head and that actually makes you worshiping Lucifer instead and not God as you would like to think but as only the foolish ones would.
Only the Satan likes to see humans killing one another and not surprisingly humans keep making God a laughing matter by doing so. It’s so sad that we keep allowing the Satan to make us the most vicious laughing matter of all time killing one another as and when we could. Did you not know that? Do you not believe in God and the Satan? Do you believe both of them are only “imaginary” as much as what this writer is “babbling” about all these while and wasting time like Noah foolishly asking people to repent before the flood happened? The most urgent question to ask now is: Do we all repent before death strikes us or after?
Here is even the scariest thing to happen than death itself! Did you not know that there are Christians who became Muslims? Would you consider such wavering act of faith as imaginary too? But why were they not killed by other Christians then for committing the apostasy act? That’s because there’s no such act in Christianity. What if later these same “Christians” renounce Islam and turn back to Christianity again? Will the Muslims kill them just because it’s taught in Islam that it’s a “sin” to commit apostasy? Does committing “sin” always deserve to get killed right away? If so, how come nothing of this sort happened to the Prophet Muhammad and many other Muslims? He married 15 wives and thus committed adultery. Was this imaginary too? Does that mean only he’s got the “right” to sin and not his followers? What if there were Muslims following in his footsteps who committed adultery and rape, do they not have the same “right” to sin as he did? So could that be considered as “sin” or not? Do they then deserve to be killed or not? What “sin” would one consider as sin in Islam then? Is there such a thing as “righteous” sin? Does that mean some have the “right” and “privilege” to sin while others not? So what sense would they [Muslims] be making if they would kill those flip-flopping “Christians” or even those Muslims apostates on such religious grounds? Do you not see there are more contradictions than convictions with such man-made religion?
Did you not know why Jesus never taught about “apostasy” to His disciples? You will know why if you remember at one time the apostle Peter who denied Christ three times, but later became very remorseful and Christ forgave him when he repented. That is why such man-made religious edict has no place in Jesus’ teachings because Christianity is about love and compassion, not vengeance and earthly judgment! The Bible stated very clearly in Romans 12:19 that the power to mete out vengeance and judgment belongs to Him [God] only, not man! I would have become a Muslim long time ago but I didn’t and you should have no difficulties knowing and understanding why.
Surely you can tell now that such religious edict [apostate] is a man-made doctrine and would never be approved by a loving, gracious and merciful God that sent Jesus to save us and not “kill” us [John 3:16-18]. Even without reading the Bible, we all know God created every one of us with a mind to think and to reason but most important of all, a freewill to choose. If that is so, why Muslims cannot also do the same and become Christians and not get killed for committing the “apostasy” act that is forbidden by Islam?
Tell me – what is so wrong or bad about fulfilling one’s right to choose? Did God “speak” directly to any Muslims or even the Prophet Muhammad that it is wrong and it is a sin to choose one’s own path? If so, can it be proven and why? If cannot, then those religiously screwed up extremists should stop playing “God” and give out such unsubstantiated and ridiculous decree that is akin to cold-blooded murder under the civil laws. What those screwed up extremists see as wise to promote a god of hate and violence should easily make you see exactly the opposite that what the world most needed now is the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ to help us ‘born again’, not religion and much less moderation!
No one, whether Muslims or not should become so foolish to write one’s own death warrant for the Judgment Day. And much less should any humans in their sinful nature be given the “authority” in the name of religion to execute punishment or kill another person because of one’s right to choose[Joshua 24:14-15] . Remember this: Everyone no matters who or what you are, how “religious” or “holy” you thought you are, will have to stand before God on Judgment Day too. Only the Almighty God that sent Jesus, not man or religion, has the last say where one’s destiny lies when the time comes.
If you do become an “extremist” and do not know and understand whether the “purpose” you will be fulfilling as a believer and the “cause” you will be pursuing as a follower makes any sense or not, then it’s so evidently clear and obvious that the religion you’re embracing is not the answer and solution to set your heart right with the one and only Almighty God. Have you ever gotten down before to analyse how risky and dangerous the situation you would be getting yourself into for not knowing the absolute truth about God and everything He commanded before you passed the ‘death sentence’ on others not to your liking? If you have not, have you not wondered how preposterous you are making of yourself in acting as “God” in the sight of man, let alone in the sight of the one and only true Almighty God – who sent Jesus to do His will?
What looks and sounds important to you and seen as a “religiously” right thing to do are not necessary so to God. Have you done a counter check with God? Were you so 100% certain what you were doing is according to God’s will and plan? If not, do you not think it’s time you get your priorities right with the one and only true Almighty God from the one and only correct source and that is no other than Jesus? Otherwise, don’t you think you’re only ‘annihilating’ yourself for no good reason in the end? God is not a silencer. When you read the Bible, He is speaking to you. When you obey the gospel of Jesus, He is saving you from eternal damnation. When you do His will, He is making you become one of the ‘sons of God’ in the kingdom of heaven. What man-made religions can offer you such peace of mind here on earth and hope of eternal life hereafter? Do you not want to “kill” 2 birds with one stone? With Jesus, yes, of course, you can and none others – period!
The “YES”, answer.
What if someone asked you to become an “extremist” for Christ Jesus now as this post would have suggested? Yes, do you think you would – with no questions asked? Yes, do you believe Jesus is the only answer and solution to SAVE you from sin and eternal damnation? Yes, will you become an “extremist”, the Christ’s way? Do you know why Jesus died for you and became the right kind of “extremist” for you to follow? Do you not know it is because of your sins and that of the Prophet Muhammad too? If your answer is yes, then there are more reasons for you to rejoice than reasons for you to back down. However, here is something that not many others know that you should know is that one of the reasons Jesus died for you is not for you to honor Him with “another” religion or start divisions that would confuse people. Jesus died that you might have life eternally, not religiously!
Through the divine work of the apostle Paul, Jesus gave birth to Christianity and all the disciples were only called Christians first at Antioch in the 1st century and by no other name. So by no means should any true Christians be deviating from the teachings of Jesus in remaining as His faithful flock till the end so that they shall be resurrected together with Him on His second coming. If you find yourself as an innocent “Christian” who did not obey the gospel of Jesus according to God’s will and plan as found in the New Testament word for word, this will be the testing time of your “faith” and only you can decide to do the right thing by setting the record straight and most important of all is to come back on the correct path of Jesus once and for all without hesitation and excuses.
According to Jesus, not me, it is NOT okay to continue staying as you are whether as Christian or not because if you have not obeyed the gospel of Jesus in Jesus’ terms, you are still not saved to have eternal salvation in the kingdom of heaven as Jesus had warned in Matthew 15: 8-9. So how can one proclaim oneself as a follower of Jesus and yet still disobey His commandments? Are you making sense of yourself if you found yourself in such a predicament now? Many Christians have asked this question: Does it really matters which church one goes to every Sunday? The answer is of course YES! It DOES really matters, at least to Jesus! You know why? That’s because Jesus built only one church and that is the Church of Christ [Romans 16:16], not many churches known by other man-made names. So why go other ways?
In order for you to get a clear-cut picture of the commandments of the LORD, it would be better to lay it out with a simple example. For instance, let’s say, Jesus invited you to come to His church which is the Church of Christ so that you can have fellowship with Him and be blessed as one of the ‘sons of God’, but you went to another church “thinking” it’s okay and kept doing so until one day you no longer exist in this world. Then suddenly, it was so shocking that you couldn’t meet Jesus after death and wondered why. So you asked the Lord when He finally appeared on Judgment Day saying, “how come I’m a Christian and still I couldn’t meet you after death?” Then Jesus replied, “I invited you to come to My church which was the Church of Christ [Matthew 16:17-19], but you went to another “church” that I do not know of – that’s why you couldn’t meet me!”
The same thing too will happen if you invite your girlfriend or boyfriend to meet up in a restaurant to have a romantic Valentine dinner together. Can you simply go to any restaurants and expect to meet your girlfriend or boyfriend for that romantic dinner? You can’t, can you? So don’t be fooling yourself that what is “okay” to you will also always be “okay” with the Lord. It’s time you ‘come clean’ in your conscience with the Lord if you had been awfully misled and don’t leave things till it’s too late.
Then, is there extremism in Christianity?
There is and there is not as it depends on how one looks at it! There is of course “extremism” in Christianity if one would easily associate them with those who are perpetrating hatred and violence which the world now regards as terrorists. But so far there is no evidence to suggest that Christians are mulling for the blood of others who do not wish to become Christians. In fact it’s the opposite. Christians today whether trying to save others or not are easily getting hated, jailed, persecuted and killed more than the numbers of people killed in the 2 world wars combined because of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ since the 1st century until now. Even then, Jesus had prophesied about it when He last walked the earth nearly 2,000 years ago and until today it is being fulfilled. This alone is good enough to prove that the ‘Holy War’ is real and still ongoing as long as the world keeps turning.
Before Jesus ascended to the heavens after his death and resurrection and having appeared for a period of 40 days with around 500 people bearing witness of Him came back alive, He gave the ‘Great Commission’ to the 11 disciples in Matthew 28:16-20 to make disciples of ALL nations. If ever there is such a thing as extremism in Christianity, it would be the extremism of Jesus Christ who sacrificed His life to save the lost souls of this world and not to kill. Do you still see such extremism in bad taste? If you do, it’s not surprising that you probably would end up becoming one of those screwed up extremists who would give extremism a bad name. If Paul of Tarsus who was once a screwed up extremist and being a sinner himself known to have persecuted and kill Christians suddenly woke up from a miracle to declare that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” in Romans 3:23, what makes those screwed up extremists being sinners themselves think they have the right to kill other unbelieving sinners? How could killing others be seen as redeeming their sins? What kind of redemption is that?
Humans are all screwed up one way or the other whether one is religious or not. Even if Jesus did not teach us that no one is that “bad” or that “good” in the sight of God, I still believe in my capacity as a human being without the support of the Bible scriptures that it is so true there is none good and righteous in this world whether Paul of Tarsus made his point in Romans 3:23 or not. Now that Paul had made his points clearly, what else do you need to believe that Jesus is the one and only solution to sin, death, and the devil, and not man-made religions?
Also, the reason Paul put it in black and white is that no one can argue or make any excuses on Judgment Day that God did not warn us. The Bible has strenuously warned us not to stray further but of course not without a divine solution for humans to come back to God, right? So why still stray further and further away from God?
So Christianity is not about “practicing” all the religious laws and rituals to become “good” and “righteous” in the sight of God. Doing all these alone cannot be “good enough” to save ourselves as these have nothing to do with our salvation and the sacrifice of Jesus – sin does! Because the penalty of sin is DEATH, that is why Christianity is about obeying the gospel of Jesus and doing the will of God to become SAVED through faith and good works, not just by the good works alone as written in Ephesians 2: 4-6. So whether you plan to become an “extremist” for the right reason or not, it’s all about whether you’re getting screwed up in your head. Are you?