Religion, Cults and the Occult!

 

What about all the other religions and beliefs that say they are right? 

There is only one path and way to the Almighty God! “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:3-5). There is only one truth! “Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: No man comes unto the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).

Man can only be saved and reconciled to God because of the birth, life, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus sacrificed himself to take away your sins.

All but four of the major world religions are based on mere philosophical propositions. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Of the four that are based on personalities rather than a philosophical system, only Christianity claims an empty tomb (Resurrection of Christ from the dead) as its foundation (Matthew 27:62-66, all of Chap.28).

The shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross is the only sacrifice that can take away the sins of the world. There are not many paths or ways to God as many profess in today’s world!!! God does not play musical chairs where you call on any one God to come and He sits down. All men have sinned and broken God’s laws [10 Commandments] and Christ is your only provision for a lost and dying world.

The choice is yours as God has set down the plan of Salvation. “Whosoever shall call on me shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). Either Christ is a liar or he is the Truth. You must decide! God has given each one a free will to choose. Who is Jesus Christ to you?  That is the most important question you will ever answer.  There is no other way!

“What about Astrology, Channeling, Tarot cards, Psychics, Yoga, Meditation, Witchcraft (black and white), Satanism, Ouija boards, Divination, Worship of Mother Earth, New age involvement, Witch stones, Occult games, Crystals, Séances, Sweat lodges, Astral Projection, Etc.?”

They are all diversions of Satan (the enemy of our soul) and lead you away from God and His Truth. You can even be empowered to some degree, but it is a deception. What appears to be light is darkness and death. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).  He destroys through these deceptions. “Be sober, be vigilant; because the adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour;” (1 Peter 5:8).

Jesus is the only way!  He said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9). Jesus is the door to Eternal Life, but unfortunately people try to find other ways. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: (Matthew 7:13).”

Many people experiment with occult practices. Some do it for fun, but many with a sincere belief that they will find answers to life’s spiritual questions.  Many see lifeless churches filled with hypocrisy where Christ is a mere symbol.  Some have been severely hurt or wounded in a physical or emotional way and blame God or Christianity in general. Others have a rebellious heart who oppose God’s Word.

No matter your reason, purpose, or intent we must look at how God views these various practices and realize that in Christ is the only “Life”. “When you are once into the land which the Lord thy God gives you, you shall not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulate with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord your God will drive them out before you” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).

Jesus is the only way (John 14:6)!  God does not play musical chairs where you cry out a false God and he sits down. Pray and cry out to God for truth and He will reveal Himself to you. Seek him as you would a hidden treasure!

“I am one with nature and I look within for life’s answers. I am God of my own life!  Why can’t I trust in myself?”

This is a “New Age” deception which has permeated our society in varying forms. There is only one God and He dwells in the heavens. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22). Have you ever created a cat, rock, planet, or galaxy. The answer is obvious! You are not a god and have fell for the age old lie of Satan when he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden. He told Eve “Ye shall be as gods,” (Genesis 3:5) and this old deception has a new face today. Satan comes as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:4) and wants to destroy you (1 Peter 5:8). This worship of nature, earth and yourself is an abomination to a Holy God (Romans 1:21-25).

This thinking that God is everything and everyone is an old pagan belief called “Pantheism”. It professes that one must look within to find yourself based on life’s experiences. You are told you are evolving harmoniously into a “New Age”. It holds to many philosophies of reincarnation and Zen Buddhism. The Bible says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). You will not come back in some other form.

On the day you die your destiny is sealed based on your rejection and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, where we can be saved” (Acts 4:12). Mother earth or a sweat lodge can’t save you, nor some “spirit in the sky” or force within! You must not look within to find the purpose of life and its spiritual answers.

The Bible says not to trust in yourself, riches, and kings (Proverbs 3:5, 2 Corinthians 1:9, Psalms 118:8-9, 1 Timothy 6:17). “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end therefore the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). You must look outwardly to Jesus Christ and cry out to Him (Romans 10:13) as you are a sinner and broken His laws (Rom. 3:23). He will then dwell within after you repent and believe the Gospel.

The Holy Spirit of God will then teach, lead and guide you unto all truth (John 16:8-15, 14:26). “And to you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8).  God loves you and desires that you partake of his saving truth.  He considers you His child and wants you to trust Him.

 

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