The Difference between Christianity and other Paths and religions:
-Gal 2:21:"I do not frustrate the grace of God,If righteousness comes by the law then Christ is dead in vain".
-Romans 4:5:"But to him that worketh ("good"works of the flesh)not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness".
-Romans 2:8:"But to those who are "self-seeking" and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath",
-1 Cor1:28-29: "And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are That no flesh should glory in his presence".
For ages, we have been manipulated into believing that Christianity is one of the many religions in the world that leads people to God and that it is among the many paths that people can use to know God. This notion is very far from the truth. Christianity is not a religion and has never been one. Infact Christianity and religion are the opposite of each other.Religion is about what humanity does to please God (self works). Christianity is about what God does to reconcile humanity to himself (John 3:16)
Religion is centered on the self. Christianity is centered on Jesus. Religion seeks to find its way to God. Christianity seeks to surrender obedient people to God so He can show them the way back to His paradise.Religion seeks to obey God's standards by its own power Christians deny themselves and let God give them the power to obey His standards. Religion is what people who do not want to submit to the cross of Christ do in order to preserve their life. Christianity is what people who realize that the only way to experience Christ's life is to die to the self and sin do in order to experience Christ's new life.
Religion and Christianity:
The English word religion is derived from two Latin words: Re:back and ligare:to bind hence bind back. Religion is man's attempts to bind themselves (by different man made creeds,rules,exercises and belief systems) back to what they think is God.
On the other hand, the English word Christian from which the word Christianity is derived is self explanatory. It means a follower of Christ.
A Christian is someone who humbly accepts that he doesn't know the way back to God(is blind)and asks Christ to lead him to God (John 14:6, John 9:41). He/she is someone who is well aware of the fact that nothing in his power can make him know God unless he/she surrenders to Jesus. He/she is someone who has rejected the world's self seeking system and has submitted to his/her Maker (James 4:7)
The center of Religion and all other cults and creeds is the self:
The distinguishing mark of any religion, path or belief system that is not Christian is that they either focus on what "the self" has to do in order to know/be reconciled to God or they teach that the self is god and needs no God to save it:
Islam tells its adherents that sawm (fasting), zakat (giving), Hajj (pilgrimage), Salah(prayers) and other 'good works' will make them holier people and make their god pleased with them.It rejects the need for Jesus to die on the cross, Rejects His Deity (Shirk) and emphasizes the need to perform good works in order to invoke allah's mercy. It also rejects the belief that sin is a nature that everyone has. It believes that sin is simply an action i.e doing the wrong thing and that we can strive against it by simply doing the right thing.
Buddhism teaches its adherents to strive against the self (in their own power) in order to be released from all bad karma so they can attain the state they call nirvana( be loosed from their karmas)and become bodhisattvas(enlightened people). Eckankar tells its adherents to perform some spiritual exercises to " awaken the so called god knowledge in themselves.
ISKCON tells its followers that in order to attain the ultimate consciousness (krishna consciousness) they need to undergo certain processes and be self disciplined.Rosicrucians teach their adherents that they are the architects of their own fates and captains of their own destinies and that they should be in control of whatever happens to them (masters of their own existence)
Atheism teaches that there is no God whatsoever and that man is not answerable to anyone but himself and to the man made laws of his/her land. Secularism seeks to destroy the influence of religion in governance and seeks to govern humanity with man made laws.Freemasonry teaches that by going through certain rituals and processes its adherents(By their own efforts) receive the light of masonry which makes them gods. The grail message urges its followers to seek the light in order to get rid of negative karma so they can stop the cycle of reincarnation and be led back to what they call the spiritual world. Oprah tells her viewers that their god should be a feeling experience and that if its a believing experience it is not God (John 3:16). (In other words, god dwells in man Man doesn't need to believe in an external God)
Man made Christianity (the world's church system) tells its adherents that by paying tithes,attending church on Sundays,confessing to the reverend father,taking holy communion,keeping the ten commandments,going on pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Rome,joining the choir etc makes them be at peace with God and assured of heaven.(There are so many other examples however space would not permit me to write them here)
By focusing on the self and trying to find God by our own works, we deny the need for a Savior,(Gal 2:21)Glorify the self and deny our sinful nature (1 John 1:8).
The center of Christianity is God:
Phil 3:10:That i may "know Him"and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of "his" sufferings being made conformable unto "His" death.
-John 6:38:For I came down from heaven not to do my will but the will of "Him"that sent me.
-Luke 22:42...Nevertheless not my will but "Thine"be done.
-Phil 2:13:For it is "God" which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
The curse on the fallen man is the origin of Religion:
As a result of the rebellion of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden,God cursed the ground from whence Adam was taken thus:Cursed be the ground (earth, world) for Your sake.He also told him that he was to eat(food for his soul) by the sweat of his face(works of his own hands) from the cursed ground "all the days of his life" (Gen 3:17-19) God then sent Adam out of his Paradise (presence) to till (works of His hands) the cursed ground he was taken from (Gen 3:23-24).
The works of the earthly man are 'cursed works' because they originate from the self and the cursed serpent (Gen 3:14) and they can never make us to know God or return us to his presence.Tilling (working) the cursed ground would only produce thorns and thistles (weeds) These weeds are unwanted and abominable works that are unacceptable to God. (Read Heb 6:8, Gen 3:18)
The analogy of Cain and Abel:
The Biblical account of Cain and Abel offers a lot of insight into the curse of religion and self seeking. The Bible says Abel was a keeper of sheep (remember Christians are likened to sheep Matt25:32-40, Matt 10:6,16) and Cain was a "tiller" (worker) of the ground that God had cursed.In the process of time both Cain and Abel brought offerings unto God.God rejected the "offerings"of Cain because they were the "fruit" of the ground which God had cursed. (Gen 3:17).
God accepted the offerings of Abel because they represented the sacrifice of the self in order to know God better (Is 53:7) Cain became angry because God accepted Abel's offerings and not his own:The earthly mind is so arrogant.It feels it is upright enough to know God and attain righteousness on its own and hence it is hostile to the the fact that God requires it to die in order to know Him and return to His presence.Because of this, it attacks anything that requires it to deny itself and submit to God. That was the reason why Cain killed Abel. That's why the Jews killed Jesus.They trusted in the works of the law (works of their hands) and hence sought to destroy any teaching or person who represented self denial. (Gal 6:13)
As a result of Cain murdering his brother Abel, God cursed Cain and separated him from His face(presence)and made him become a vagabond in the earth (Gen 4:14) In the same way today, those who reject the truth hate God's doctrines of denial and the people who preach them (because they condemn their self seeking ways) and always seek to destroy God's people and suppress the truth and because of this they are also under the curse of Cain.(1 John 3:11-13):
They are separated from God and will keep wandering away from His presence unless they are humble enough to admit that they need to deny themselves of the cursed self that they glorify in order to know God.
Cain and Abel represent the two type of people that emanated from the Fallen Adam.Cain comes 1st (Gen 4:1) and is representative of the fallen and cursed humanity that exists prior to the coming of Christ who are under the curse of seeking to know and approach God by their own works.Abel comes last and represents Christ (who came after man's fall:1 Cor 15:45-48) and all those who accept his work on the cross. All those in Cain reject and hate the preaching of the cross of Christ (1 Cor 1:18, 1 Cor 2:14). All those in Abel realize that the works of their hands are cursed and cannot make them know or be reconciled to God so they seek to deny themselves in order to know God (Matt 16:24).
-Matt 23:35:"That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar,Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation".
Rev 18:24:"And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth".
That is the reason why Jesus held the wicked system in his time responsible for all the righteous people killed on the earth.All the systems of the world emanated from Cain and that is why they have the self at their center and have persecuted and killed God's saints who preach self denial.That's also the reason why God's Word says that all the blood of His prophets is found in Babylon:Babylon represents the world,The system of self designed by the devil to lead the world astray and destroy God's people who preach self denial.
In conclusion,With the exception of Christianity ,All religions,philosophies and paths have self at their center.(They teach that man has something to do in order to become better or in order to know what they call god).That is why freemasons claim that all religions(with the exception of Christianity)have the same origin(the devil)All religions,faiths and philosophies outside Christ teach the luciferan doctrine of self.That is why many belief systems e.g The universal life church and Theosophy seek to to form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color.
Also,God collectively classifies fallen man (irrespective of their creed and beliefs) as "the world" (1 John 4:4,5 John16:8,20 John8:23) and has made it very clear that all of them need redemption(Rom 11:32)
If we want to know God and be restored into his paradise we need to be humble enough to reject the self we so arrogantly adore and accept God's way of salvation,His son(John 14:6,John 3:16).Jesus is the only way to God.Neither our works or any man made way or path can take us to God (Acts 4:12).
All the other paths lead to the discovery of the cursed self and eternal damnation. Come out of the system of self my brethren.