My most recent encounter with the local Jehovah’s Witnesses was just a few days ago. I share this just to help us think about what’s important.
Religious people can spend a lot of time talking about this or that, but we need to get to the heart of the matter.
As I talked with one of the 2 ‘Witnesses’ (one of them chose to stay out of of sight, I had encountered her before), the man who was very polite and quietly spoken, proceeded with the usual approach concerning the state of the world. As I brought the conversation to the Lord Jesus Christ, the subject of heaven came up (as previously mentioned, the Watchtower Society doctrine is that many people when they pass away, will just be ‘dead’ until Jehovah brings in the ‘New World’ – an earthly kingdom as only an elite chosen 144,000 will go to heaven). As I talked with this man about heaven, I was not surprised when he said that he doesn’t want to go to heaven, that he is looking forward to the earthly kingdom that Jehovah will bring one day. By God’s wisdom, I presented this gentle challenge to him. I said that as the Lord Jesus spoke of the kingdom of heaven, then if it’s important to Him it should be important to us. I also spoke a little about my relationship with the Lord. However, I soon brought the conversation to a polite end, but I prayed that God will give them revelation of Truth.
Cults and religions get people focused on things which cloud over the really important issues. Satan is selling lies to people, getting them into so much religious activity which leads them away from the true gospel of Christ, that they struggle to accept the simplicity of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is something that even true followers of the Lord Jesus need to be careful of. Sometimes we add on unnecessary rules to our faith, perhaps because the Bible College lecturer said it, or the favourite preacher we listen to said it, etc etc. We can make the word of God seem of no effect because of adding on ‘religious stuff’!
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Hi 'Anonymous'. Yes there is a 'fusing together' of beliefs in a lot of ways, in some circles anyway. This is really a precursor to what is revealed in the Holy Bible, in Revelation, that will happen before the end of this age. However, I will perhaps address that in a future post. You made reference to yoga and meditating, however, please take note that if you are a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ, you cannot mix Biblical Christianity with elements of Hinduism and expect to grow in Christ. I have addressed this matter in my article on Spiritual Confusion in the Church. Please read that. May the Lord bless you with His wisdom.
I agree with the article. However I don't really know much about it. It seems that religious beliefs are fusing together as they become compatible with modern day society. Doing yoga and meditating brings us closer to God. Feeling closer to God is not a bad thing.