Religion at its best is a pious expression of human pride. Religion at its worst is a destructive tool in the hands of power-seeking individuals and the driving force of persecutions and war. Religion gives governing forces a powerful construct for reforming and controlling individuals, outwardly but can do nothing to satisfy the natural hunger for God that is in the heart of every human being. Religion is man’s carnal attempt to imitate what only, the Father can provide: true spirituality and inward transformation. Every religion (even Christian religion) is a Tower of Babel built with the purpose of lifting man to Heaven to reform him and make him like God. It is God’s merciful intervention that keeps these towers from reaching completion and apprehending their intended purpose. The language of religion is a confused language that prevents the pretentious dark-light of religion from consuming the world. Religion is an empty replication of a true spiritual relationship with the Almighty God who is Spirit and the giver of all life. Religion is a dead work and there is no Life, Love, Light, Peace, Joy, Hope, or any inner transforming power in any religion devised by human beings.
There is one Biblical religion and that is the religion of the Old Testament handed down by God to prepare Israel for their future Messiah. The Law, as written through Moses is spiritual, as it is the very Words of God Who is Spirit and it expresses His spiritual character. Even though the Law is spiritual it still lacks the power to transform carnal human beings because mortal creatures aren’t equipped to employ what is eternal. As human beings struggle to keep the Law, they are revealed for what they truly are: fallen, carnal beasts unable to lift themselves above what their nature dictates. The religion of the Old Testament reveals everything in human beings that disqualifies them from being like God. Without God’s purpose and direction, humans are just another kind of animal vying for survival and heading toward extinction. The Law makes it perfectly clear that human beings can never achieve god-like status through the practice of any religion, not even a religion created and handed down by God. Humans aren’t spiritual and by their nature unable to perfectly, obey God’s Law and thereby, make His character their own. Some respond to this revelation by denying God and abandoning themselves to their nature, surrendering to the beast within. When many people do the same, nations fall and civilizations crumble in chaos. Though this situation seems impossible for human beings, all things are possible for God.
Through Jesus, God reaches down to everyone with the purpose of restoring human beings to a right relationship with Him. The ultimate purpose of that relationship is not to lift human beings to be like God but to transform them to be like Jesus, the Man who’s every action was carried out in humble obedience to God. Because Jesus was sired by the Holy Spirit, he walked the earth as a spiritual man, the true Son of God. In a carnal body of flesh and blood, He fulfilled the Law and every Word ever written in Scripture. Jesus, the second Adam, repaired what the first Adam destroyed; and those who put their faith in Him are spiritually reborn, becoming new creatures that inwardly, become spiritual while still living in mortal bodies of flesh and blood. This is the transforming power that religion seeks to imitate and it has the power to do what religion can never do; restore human beings to their intended purpose in a loving relationship with the Father, who created them. It is the Holy Spirit dwelling within that enables them to be like Jesus and fulfill the Law in obedient reflection of their Father’s character. It is the Holy Spirit working in them to transform them from carnal creatures, unable to keep God’s moral commands, into Spirit-led persons, who one day will awake with the full-nature of Christ. In Christ, there is no need for religion and the struggle to obtain god-like perfection. Those who abide in Jesus rejoice for they have been obtained by God and found in Jesus, the spiritual fruit that every human being hungers for and through the ages, has sought to possess by religion. There is no joy in the pretentious spirituality of religion but in Jesus there is ever-increasing joy, in fulfilling the gift of eternal life that transforms even the wickedest sinner into a true child of God!
Matthew 6: 22-23 The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great that darkness! ~~~~Jesus~~~~~