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THERE ARE ONLY TWO RELIGIONS
 by Dietmar Scherf
> God's Economy
> The Difference between the two Religions
> It's all the Gift of God
> The Religion of Grace
> Trust God


 
        

GOD'S ECONOMY

In God's economy there are only two religions. Instead of using the word "religion" we can also use the term "belief system", ... so there are only two belief systems in the world. Every thought, every philosophy, everything that is spoken and everything we hear is rooted and based in either one of the two belief systems. Both religions are totally different from each other.

Did you know that God doesn't think in gray areas? God only thinks in Life & Death, ... it's either a blessing or a curse, it's either God's will or not God's will, it's either Truth or it's falsehood, it's either divine good or it's evil. This principle was also taught by Jesus in Matthew 5:37 and Matthew 12:30.

"I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life."
Deuteronomy 30:19

 



THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO RELIGIONS

People say, "Now hold on a minute, there are many religions in the world. There's Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and so on, ... aren't we all praying to the same God? Aren't there more than just two belief systems in the world?" No, when it comes right down to it, there are only two belief systems in the world today. Yes, the one religion may come in a different package, a different wrapping paper, or in a different box, but the content is the same, it doesn't change, ... it's either this belief system or the other belief system.

Now, one belief system is self centered and teaches what man can do to please God and how mankind can find acceptance before God. But it's all self centered, the effort, the performance of a human being to please whatever god their belief system worships. And sadly, we see this type of belief system throughout all the so-called religions in the world. There's always a ritual, a set of rules, a rigid creed and so on, prescribed to followers of such a religion, what they can and should do to impress their god. The emphasis is always on self effort and performance, ... what man can do for God.

On the other hand we have this other religion or belief system. And this one is centered in God and what He has done for mankind. It eliminates any self effort or performance, but instead it lets God do the work and only glorifies God and not men for any work accomplished. Although God is concerned about an individual, a person needs to make a personal decision to accept the gift from God. This religion or belief system is solely based and centered in God Himself, instead of the performance or the efforts by an individual.

You can find the first belief system, the one that is self centered virtually everywhere. Even in Christianity this system of self effort and therefore self centeredness can be found in many places. Every thought, every attitude, every philosophy, every sentence is either based in God's value system or it's based apart from God in a self effort/performance system.

As human beings, God invites us constantly to learn of Him and to freely receive His value system and to become part of His "religion" so to speak, ... although this is not really a religion, but rather a personal relationship with God freely offered through His Son Jesus Christ. Now let's take a look what the work of God really is. And let's have Jesus Christ Himself answer that question.

" 'What can we do to perform the works of God?' they asked."
John 6:28

"Jesus replied, 'This is the work of God: that you believe in the One He has sent.' "
John 6:29

 



IT'S ALL THE GIFT (GRACE) OF GOD

Even the faith that we have is a gift from God. In John 1:9 we learn that every person is endowed with God consciousness at birth and with the capacity to believe in God. As we hear the Word of God specific faith in God is developed starting in Romans 1:16 and onward in Romans 10:17.

So this principle of one religion or belief system that is God centered is in fact opposite to the other religion in the world that teaches that mankind can do something to please some god or the God by their own efforts and performance.

If we understand that each thought and every word, every philosophy, etc. is rooted in either the self-centered belief system or in the God-centered belief system, then we learn a type of discernment as to what comes from God and what comes from another source. By the way, the other source is a source we don't want to tap into, and the Word of God encourages us to only receive thoughts from God and not from the other source.

"We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ."
2 Corinthians 10:5

We call the God-centered belief system the "religion" of Grace if we want to call it a "religion" since it's a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, but here the word "religion" for the God-centered belief system is used for illustration purposes only. The self-centered belief system is in fact a religion and it is called the religion of works.

In Romans 11:6 this principle is explained:

"But if it is by Grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise Grace is no longer Grace. But if it be of works, then is it no longer Grace: otherwise work is no longer work."
Romans 11:6

 



THE RELIGION OF GRACE


So the two religions or belief systems if you prefer to call it that, don't mix. These don't go together, it's either the one or the other. Now sadly, billions and billions of people in the world today are caught up in a self-centered religion. They don't know the true Grace of God and therefore they miss out on many, many blessings and they even miss out on an eternal destiny in the presence of God.

Also, the quality of life is drastically reduced when someone is caught up in the false religion of works. It's not a fun lifestyle to constantly be under pressure to perform and to do something to please an abstract God somewhere hoping for His approval. I don't know about you, but I sure would hate to live that way. Well, it doesn't have to be that way and God's belief system is freely offered to everybody and it's available for the taking. And so much comes with it. Most importantly an eternal destiny in the presence of God, not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done and what He has already accomplished for us.

Here's a simple illustration of God's belief system and these illustrations are not really comparable to the awesome work God has done for us and what He wants to give us freely. But just to get a little glimpse or picture or a basic idea how God's belief system works. Such a simple illustration would be e.g. the auto pilot in an airplane which takes the plane automatically without any effort by the pilots to its destination, or e.g. the cruise control in a car. And I love cruise control, ... it's such a blessing to have it. You just push the button at a certain speed and there you go the car is automatically controlling by itself the fuel management and the speed control including braking functions without any effort by the driver in this regard. It's really simple.

 



TRUST GOD

The message is, let's trust in God and let's believe in what God has to offer us, instead of trying to figure out what we can do in our own strength and within the realm of our own ideas, efforts and performance to please God. And this addresses also folks, brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to stay Christ centered, Christ focused, to enjoy the Abundant Life that God has promised us and He wants to give us freely in John 10:10. And we will never possess and enjoy God's Abundant Life which is freely available to everyone, if we try to obtain this quality of life ourselves, either through some sort of ritual, some works, some performance or effort, and so on.

No, it's available freely for the individual who puts his/her trust in Christ, because as we read in John 6:29, the work of God is to believe in Him Who He has sent, i.e. we believe in Jesus Christ.

And yes we read in Ephesians 2:10 about the good works we were created for, but it's solely in Christ and through Christ that such works are accomplished.

"For it is God who is working in you, [enabling you] both to will and to act for His good purpose."
Philippians 2:13

So it's all God! This is God's kind of belief system, it's called Grace, and it's so much better than the hard work and self condemning and self destructive religion of self effort.

And I guess by now you know who the author of that other self-centered religion is. Yes, that's right, it's Satan who wants to deceive the world into falling into the trap of the self-centered religion, so that people don't believe (trust) in God and in His Word and so that people are occupied with themselves and not with God and His provisions.

If you're occupied with yourself, even if it is for the purpose of somehow trying to please God or doing something humanly speaking good, but apart from God's will and God's way how this is accomplished, then you're wasting valuable time and energy, and you're missing out on God's abundant blessings here on earth and perhaps even on an eternity in the presence of God. Let's be serious and stop playing games, and let's consider this Truth from now on.


 

        


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