The vaccine for religion
No thought, custom, tradition or human teaching can ever be placed above the Word of God, the Bible. Look at what the religious said to Jesus:
‘Why do Your disciples violate the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.’ (Matthew 15:2).
Let’s see how Jesus responded to them: But He answered them, “Why do you also violate the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honour your father and mother,’ and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever shall say to his father or his mother, ‘What you would have profited from me is a gift to God,’ will be free from honouring his father or his mother.’ So you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. You hypocrites, Isaiah well prophesied of you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honour Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. In vain they do worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.” (Matthew 15:3-9)
Don’t allow religion to deceive you. Use your reason. Your faith has to produce more than a temporary state of ‘everything’s fine’ or a fleeting emotion. Remember that most people around us are already contaminated by this virus.
An antidote for this poison is the Word of God. Refuse to accept any idea or concept that does not agree 100% with the Holy Scripture.
No other book can replace daily meditation on the Word of God, no matter how inspiring or spiritual a book or its author may be (Matthew 4:4).
Mere knowledge of the Word is nothing unless you have the zeal and determination to live it out (James 1:22-24). Belief in and knowledge of the Word is of no value whatsoever when we do not practice it.
‘If anyone among you seems to be religious and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.’ (James 1:26,27)