Religion power and authority for mankind

From time to time surveys are undertaken asking people whether they believe in God. Surprisingly about 60% usually say they do, though only about 10% of them go regularly to a place of worship. But if the survey goes further, and asks these professed believers in God what they believe about Him, an almost incredible vagueness emerges.

Their general view of God reflects their view of themselves. Most people are inclined to be indulgent towards their own failings and they think of God as necessarily being the same.

“I like to think of God”,

they say,

“as infinitely kind, always forgiving and never condemning anyone, even wrongdoers.”

Others will say,

“Well, if God exists, and I do what I think is right, I shall get whatever reward there is.”

Since in part of the Western world all religions are now regarded as equally true anyway, any approach to God is as good as any other.

The fact is that modern man is largely pagan. He has lost any sense of the authority of God, because he has lost any basis for belief. Left to his own imaginings, he lacks all conviction; he is confused and indifferent.

Where is the Basis?

It is surely self-evident that if a religion is to have any power and authority for mankind, it must be revealed by God Himself. For there is only one alternative: if the message is not from God, it must come from man. But how can any man presume to tell other men and women what is true and right?

The teachings of the great majority of the religions of the world obviously come from human thinking. There is one notable exception. The religion of the Bible — the Christian religion with which this and the following articles is concerned — is emphatically a revealed religion, the word of God for man.

Its message is never presented as of human authority. “The word of the Lord” comes to the prophet and he delivers it as just that. Old and New Testaments are alike in this. When that Word is written down for the benefit of future generations, it is, says Paul,

“inspired of God”.

Literally he wrote,

“God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16),

a remarkable expression conveying the thought that God’s Spirit (or ‘breath‘) was in the very written words. So, says Peter, the Scripture

“came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).

Notice the contrast: not “by the will of man”, but from God direct by His Spirit.

This is why the Bible is the book of supreme authority. It is God’s Word for us. But an important consequence follows: if this is so, we dare not neglect it. We must take it seriously.

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Next: God’s Self-Revelation

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10 thoughts on “Religion power and authority for mankind

  1. Well written piece. Interestingly, you miss the mark with just a small key point, but a big implication. “The fact is that modern man is largely pagan. He has lost any sense of the authority of God”. Prior to colonialism regular people had access to the spirit realms (god, if that’s your choice) and these things were forcefully done away with, while the church claimed control over spirituality—Now you had to go through them, while they swept under the rug ancient practices that gave people personal connections, personal ability to provide for their own spiritual needs, it was viewed as heretical or witchery, outdated or “uncivilized”, but the fact is that there were core shamanistic practices around the world, all different walks of life shared in the same common rituals to seek out higher levels of spiritual connection. Uncontacted tribes in Peru, for instance, had the same techniques as Laos or Burma or Australia. A common thread. They knew something, (and the church continued to keep their own mystics), while abolishing it wherever they could outside the church walls. They didn’t lose their ability to connect with god, but it was taken from them and replaced with a forgery.
    The churches will never replace what man could originally do for himself, but that won’t keep the church from claiming authority for these things, while all along it was done at a higher level and with regularity (at will) by maintaining certain practices that are largely missing from the modern world.
    It is evidenced by Christianity today, each believer going their own way but knows not where to turn, picking and choosing and searching, but failing. You all know the power is within you to chart your own spiritual journey, but you have destroyed the tools to do so.

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    1. Thank you very much for your reaction, which we appreciate very much.

      It is the high society with her pride that thinks she has power over the spiritual and elusive. All over the world people tried to connect with the unknown and looked for ways to come in contact with the past and future plus with ancestors and spirits of other regions. As you rightly indicate there were tribes who managed to have contact with higher regions or with the divine Creator of all things, though they did not use the same names as the main churches; Their gods often have more in common with the main god or God than we can find in the characters of the three-headed god the Trinity.

      You have good reason to write

      The churches will never replace what man could originally do for himself, but that won’t keep the church from claiming authority for these things, while all along it was done at a higher level and with regularity (at will) by maintaining certain practices that are largely missing from the modern world.

      Best you are to make the difference between Christendom and Christianity. Though in both each individual has to go his or her own way. We can see that in Christendom the churches tried to get their power over the people. Some did very well in that and managed to get those out of the way (mostly by killing them) which did not fit in their picture.

      In Christianity you shall be able to find more groups who try to give the keys to go on your own exploration and to get back into a situation where each individual shall be able again to have a successful communication with the Most High God. Each of us must strive to return to a good, precious relationship with God. It is wrong of man to depend on church for that, because it is given to each individual to take its own responsibility.

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  2. Best you are to make the difference between Christendom and Christianity. I really can’t do that anymore. Try as I might, the results of Christianity becomes Christendom. It is obvious to me at least, whether intentional or not, Christianity leads to widespread division and inequality. It doesn’t work as it is purported.

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