Jesus is Better Than Religiosity

The Religiosity of the World

Let’s discuss some of the departures from the system of worship that God first revealed to Adam, Noah and Abraham. Hinduism (Vedas, Upanishad and other Scripture, orally from 1500 BC, world's third largest religion) is one of the oldest strains of varied pagan beliefs coming away from the time of Abraham (2000 BC) and Moses (1200s BC) . It is one of the foreign systems worshipping other made up deities (together with the Egyptian’s system described in Exodus and there are others as well). I say made up because they themselves acknowledge in their earliest texts that the deities were “created” but one strain states ‘the one’ was before all (which is their conscience speaking from the “amen corner” in all human beings). Some strains are even atheistic, which is also true of Buddhism, and some only describe Hinduism as a way of life, not a religion. Buddhism is much simpler and was founded by the Buddha in India in the context of Hinduism sometime between 600-400 BC and written down around 200 BC in the Sutras and Tripitakas, (with much disagreement and many strains today). Buddhism is the world's 4th largest religion.  Both seek enlightened freedom from the painful cycle of life and reincarnation, through ethics and meditation. Islam was founded in the 600s AD long after Judeo-Biblical religion and Christianity. Mohammed was its founder in Saudi Arabia in what was either a Christian or pagan context ( probably Christian). It, like Hinduism and Buddhism has a basic system of ethics you are supposed to follow in order to obtain salvation , although it is monotheistic. Islam is the world's second largest religion (Christianity is the world's largest religion by the way).

The Apostle Paul when he comes to Athens in Acts is already familiar with the Pantheon of the  gods of the Greeks and Romans and he rebukes and instructs them in this way:

So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ 29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” Paul says He gave life to you, He is not far from anyone of you, and now He sent Jesus so that we could come back home.
— Acts 17:22-31

In Prayer Today :

Thank God that the light of Christ has brought you from false to true worship of the Living God.