Saturday, June 19, 2010

Being Religious vs. Honouring God

During the time Christ walked the earth, the religious leaders of that day had their own ideas on how to govern the church. Their beliefs and practices were profoundly rooted on their self righteous nature, and the true reason for living godly was lost under a cloak of hypocrisy.

The Pharisees and Sadducees honestly believed that they were above sin and direct communicators with God. Jesus however proved that they were worshippers unto themselves, and did not understand God’s instructions handed down from generation to generation.

Even in our time, many are caught up in confirming a religion, instead of actually building a firm relationship with God. They do not realize that they have strayed from an underlined principle, that is, God must be worshipped in spirit and in truth, John 4:24. We should not only speak of God with our lips, but our hearts should also overflow with admiration for him. Our goal must always be to represent Christ in every aspect of our lives.

Additionally, it is important to remember that in following the doctrine of our respective faiths, we must not become so immersed in conforming to the regulations of the church, that the meaning of God’s word is misconstrued, and no longer properly recognized as the main guide for living in righteousness.

Matthew 3:5-10
Matthew 5:20
Matthew 9:10-12
Matthew 15:1-9

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