Religion vs. Belief

Believe it or not these are two different things all together.
Per Merriam-Webster a religion is defined as:
The belief in a god or in a group of gods.
An organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods.
An interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.
Belief is define as:
A feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true
A feeling that something is good, right, or valuable
A feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone
Now I do admit that in the definition of “religion” it does state “belief,” but here is my point. Religions, especially in today’s society for the most part have left the “belief” out of it.
They maintain the organization, the ceremonies and the rules, but there is no belief, no faith involved with any of this. They go through the motions. Singing the songs, saying the prayers, passing the offer plate around to get the money, and that is it. In their eyes your service is done and you are good to go.
That has absolutely nothing to do with “belief.” There is no need for faith, there is no need to as the definition goes “a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true.”
That something is God, His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
In religion they mouth the words, but they still feel empty. They seek out some sense of being, of security. Since they never find it in religion they seek for it in the world. They seek it in sports, gambling, sex, alcohol and drugs. Very few truly find the faith, the belief and even those that do loss their way because they do not know where to turn or where to go. Then they too return to the world. This is what today’s religions give to the world.
This is why fewer and fewer go to churches. Because the only thing in these churches is religion and that is it.
Sure there is some social interaction, but most of these start to develop into little groups within the church. Within these groups is gossips and other types of behavior that is not welcome in true belief and understanding of the Bible. Topics like the latest sports, reality TV, and plans for later that day. This is the actions of a social club, not honoring the Creator of the universe. This is the core of religion.
Now per the Bible we are instructed to gather together to give support in our faith and belief journey. This is done by discussing issues that have affected us throughout the week. Stories of trials and tribulation and the support that is needed to strengthen and encourage us as we face these dilemmas. This is how believers were meant to gather to address these situations. In addition they are to gather to learn the Bible and to edify God and His Son. There is some aspects of this in some religions but when before and after this is done the other aspects mentioned above have more precedence than what you just heard and learned about God. Then God is not the core of their existence. This is against the greatest commandment, which is to love God with all your heart, mind and soul.
This is the core of belief, however it is something no longer present in religious organization. The core of religion is money.
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
This however is the goal of religion. To get your tail in the pew and get you to tithe. A tithe that is used more for the person on the dais than for God.
Religions use the lie of God to take your money.
While faith and belief in God promise you eternal life.
In fact the Bible makes it clear that we are not to seek our rewards upon this earth but in the eternal life that is to come. A life that will last billions upon billions of years.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: the debate with those that have been blinded

Yesterday I had an encounter on Facebook. I don’t even remember what the original post was but what got me involved was someone stating that Obama is a Christian. The person proceeded to say that anyway that disagreed with this view was and I quote: “Self-interest and greed with a side of intolerance will destroy this nation.”
So what the main discourse of the exchange that followed boiled down to how those that have not read the Bible see “Christianity” while those that have read it see it totally differently. Those on the left made it clear to the point of personally attacking me and reducing the conversation to cursing me. That I was totally wrong in my interpretation of the full context of certain Bible verse that they pull out of the Bible totally out of context with what was being said in the Bible at the passages they referred me too.
One said that you should not display piety in public. Where this person got this from was Christ talking about the Pharisees in their hypocrisy.
This person was really messed up. Later again picking parts of the Bible out to suit their point of view, first accused me of doing the exact same thing this person was doing themselves. In particular the situation where the young rich man told Jesus he was doing everything by the Torah and in his eyes was living a righteous live. By this time in the discussion I knew it was a waste of time to inform this person that they once again took things out of context. However, what was most interesting is that this person felt that all that call themselves “Christian” should sell all they had and allow illegal aliens to have it instead, including our job because we profess Christianity.
What was ironic is that I has started our discussion by recommending this person do that themselves. The debated end when I reminded this person of this fact and looked forward to hearing how things were going for their friends since they would no longer have a computer to be able to get on Facebook anymore. What is worse is that they themselves will, per this person’s responses, not lift a finger to help the poor and needy, but they expect all other especially Christians to do this.
I honestly have pity for those that get to this point in their live where they have actually fallen for the leftist propaganda that God is a myth and Christianity is a farce. That all must bow and cater to their wishes and desires because they are perfect and right in all things.
I did inform this person that a myth usually occurs about one hundred and fifty years after someone lives. I then pointed out that at least one letter within the Bible that mentions Christ’s resurrection can be dated to within sixteen years of that very event and many that were alive could refute these facts especially the Romans and the Pharisees, but they could not. Also the fact that it is the most copied document throughout history and only has changed by 2%. I even mention Josephus the historian who betrayed his Jewish faith at the time the Temple was destroyed. How this historian mention the death of the brother of Christ, James and his Christian (tribe) followers.
This is what we are up against folks. They wish to rule the world not realizing that those in actual power do not share power and they themselves will be the victims of corruption. It is only through Jesus Christ and the promised rewards that are not of this earth that true and eternal happiness will be found and rewarded. But to do so they must be willing to accept Christ as their Savior and become truly “Christian.”