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 transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” Matthew 15.2.
He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”—‘then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments 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 inspired 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 about the Word are of no value whatsoever when we do not practice it.
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1.26-27.
Tomorrow, virus #3 will be revealed…