by Aleta Kay
There are so many religions, so many denominations. There is so much false teaching out there. How is anyone supposed to know the truth?
Religion is a bunch of man-made rules and rituals that supposedly will help you earn your way into heaven or God’s good grace. Religion will send you to hell. It is man’s attempt to be good enough for God. The Bible tells us we can never be good enough. That’s why Jesus had to die on the cross.
Denominations are created by man to satisfy his own needs in finding his relationship with God. There is nothing wrong with a finding a church that you are comfortable in as far as their style of worship. It is only a problem if: 1)They use a translation of the Bible that leaves out verses, chapters, and changes the wording to suit man’s conscience, and 2) if they use that form of worship to stir up your emotions, put you on a spiritual high, and don’t teach you anything about what God expects from His children.
Some churches teach that all you have to do is say a prayer and you’re in. You’re done. You’ve got your ticket to heaven and you can do anything you want. Nonsense! The Bible doesn’t teach that. There are many places where we are told to get rid of certain things and characteristics in our lives. We are responsible and accountable to our Heavenly Father.
Some churches teach that you must speak in tongues or you must be baptized in order to be “saved.” The Bible teaches that we must simply believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross to atone for our sins. Anything more than that is a works based salvation and will get us nothing. You can be baptized into every church in the world and still go to hell. You can join all the churches you want and still end up in the place of torment made for Satan and his angels.
Yes, we should be baptized after we are saved. It is an outward sign to others that we have repented of our sins (turned away from them) and asked the Lord Jesus to be our Savior. It is an outward expression of our faith. Some people are too ill to be baptized. Some are saved on their death beds, just barely making it into heaven.
The most important point is, if you want a richer, fuller, happier life, give your life to Jesus. Lay it at His feet as your offering to Him. Let Him do what He will with it. Yes, there will still be problems, and you may lose some friends, maybe even family, but Jesus will never leave you or forsake you. He will be with you through every struggle and trial in the person of the Holy Spirit who takes up residence in your heart when you truly repent and give Him your life.
Make a life-changing decision that will really make your life worthwhile. You won’t be sorry.