The Christian “Religion”

But what about other religions that believe in a Supreme Being/god? You may be wondering why all other religions other than Christianity are considered part of the humanistic worldview.  They may also believe in “God” and that man is sinful.  So, why do they fall under the first humanistic worldview?  Simply, it is because they promote salvation or fulfillment/self-actualization by “my” works….with the focus on “me” and “my” works.  “I” must earn my way to heaven or nirvana or reincarnation or eternal life!

Every “religion” or “philosophy” is actually “my” faith in the methods  “I” need to believe and live in so that “I” can be saved.  Sadly, Christianity as a “religion” can also find itself operating under the humanist worldview systems….when it depends on what the “I” does.  If you have been told your salvation is up to what you do, you better take another look at what you believe and in whom you are actually putting your faith.  If it depends on humans, than it is humanism, including humanistic religion.

We can easily see salvation works requirements in Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Hindus, Buddhists, New Age, humanists, atheists, socialists, communists, and can even be in Catholicism, etc.  It is always dependent on what “I” do; because “I” save myself.  Christianity can also become religious…dependent on what “I” do and the man-made rules and methods attached. But, the true Christian worldview does not put faith in “me”, but rather in Jesus.  To this extent, the TRUE Christian worldview discussed in the previous message, is NOT religious.  The true Christian knows they are saved by relationship with Jesus…and because of that love relationship, they try to follow in doing His good works.  Works do not gain salvation, good works are the result of salvation.  Real faith that lives itself out in our lives because we love Him (James 2).

John 3: 16-18,  “ For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (notice that all are already condemned and corrupted until they put their faith in Jesus; their relationship with Jesus saves them from corruption and condemnation into His life, His way, His truth, and His goodness).    

Ephesians 2: 8-10, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  (notice that salvation is a gift from God and not by works…no personal pride in saving ourselves….the good works are a result of our relationship and discipleship with Jesus)

Again, I say “Rejoice”!  Jesus has delivered me out of corruption and sin…so that I am saved and can walk in newness of life!  (Romans 6:4).  The true Christian worldview is packed full of good news…it is the gospel message!

Are you beginning to see why it is so important to have a good understanding of what you believe compared to what the world believes?  Do you see why knowing truth is so important?  Do you see how it all fits together when you read the Bible?  Do you see how it matches reality in the world? God’s Word is consistent and absolutely true!

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