Do not be blinded by Religion
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT) … in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will … love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
One of the worst things that can happen to anybody is to make the mistake of confusing being religious with having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. On the outward, they may look similar, but on the inside they are very different. While one is growing in the life and knowledge of God, the other is completely wasting his/her time with rituals, hypocrisy and dead works. A very good example of people who were religious but without a relationship with God are the Pharisees and Sadducees. They were focused on teaching and obeying the Law and they did not have faith in Jesus, Matt. 16:6 & 12. In Matthew 23:13 & 27-28 (NLT), Jesus told them they were not going into God’s Kingdom and they were also preventing others from going in too. He said like tombs they were very beautiful on the outside but dirty and full of dead men’s bones on the inside. Both Simeon and Anna saw Jesus as an eight day old baby and they each recognized that He was the son of God. But even when Jesus told the Pharisees and Sadducees that He gives eternal life to those that follow Him and that He and the Father are one, they wanted to stone Him, John 10:25-31. Jesus told them that they were drawing near to God with their lips but their hearts were far from God and the traditions of men that they were holding on to was making God’s word of no effect in their lives, Mark 7:5-13.
Thank God for His life and love that you have received by believing in Jesus and receive His grace to fellowship with Him.
Bible in one year reading plan: Exodus 36-38, Matthew 23:1-22.