The entire Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, is a spiritual training manual. Most of us however have been conditioned to look at it as a moral training manual alone. We’ve been conditioned to look at the “Spiritual Life Rule Book” as a “Physical Life Rule Book” instead. We’ve lost the understanding of the spiritual life with God, so we look at everything with the eyes of the flesh and call it all spiritual when it pertains to God, but physical when it pertains to living. In this manner, religion and church relationships are called spiritual matters and everything else is part of our secular, (physical), life. For this particular blog today, let’s keep the same separation and look upon religion in general as “all spiritual” and everything else as “all physical.”
By calling everything religious a spiritual matter, there is a major misconception. That misconception is that anything from any church or ministry is directly related to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This means that the gods of American Indians, Hindu Indians, Allah, Lucifer, Buddhism, or any other religious belief are no different to the God of Jews and Christians. There is no doubt that miracles, or unexplainable things can happen in many religions all around the world. Faith healers are common in the far east, but very uncommon in the west.
Spirit appearances are recorded all around the world and also cannot be scientifically explained, or scientifically reproduced. It is this fact that science cannot reproduce an event reliably that makes the spirit realm unknown to science. It is closed to scientific study for consistent and reproduceable experimentation. Spirits cannot be measured or weighed. So the spirit realm remains an unknown and closed realm for scientific examination. The spirit realm is only known through the religious realm. But, just as every religion is different and worships gods of different names and personalities, the spirits that are made known are also different. It is as foolish to class every religion under one banner, as it is to call every known spirit by the single name “god.”
The first time the Bible uses the word “devils” is in Leviticus 17: 7
“And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.”
The Word of God differentiates between sacrificing to God, and sacrificing to devils.
It reveals more in the next place where the word “devils” appear.
Deuteronomy 32: 17
“They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.”
This verse reveals that the devils were also gods, but not God. It also reveals that these gods, (devils), were not feared by the elders, (fathers), of Israel.
From these two verses alone, (and both are found in the Tanakh), we know that the children of Jacob knew as early as the 12th Century BCE that God held a singular difference from every other spirit in the world. Only God was supreme and most powerful. Every other spirit worshiped everywhere else were devils. This is one of the great deceptions of the spirit realm, all spirits are the same and godly. They are NOT all the same, only God is God, all other spirits are devils. These devils are the ruling spirits for all of the other religions in the world. This is the testimony of the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian Bible.
So now we know why every other religion in the world holds such hatred against the Jewish and Christian religion. Our belief has classed all other religions as devilish and ours alone as Godly. This is the first point of division and hatred they harbor against us.
Now we can consider the second reason they hold hatred against us. That is our God consistently proves that He is able to reverse and overcome the authority of the devils. The Old Testament recounts numerous incidents where God’s spokesman stands toe to toe against the priests in the local culture of the area, and proves God is supreme. Moses did it against the Egyptians. Daniel proved God’s supremacy over and over in Babylon. Neither denied that the local priests were powerful, they only proved that God was most powerful. Let’s face it, no one in authority enjoys being shown that they are second in authority to anyone else. This was the story of Jafar in Aladdin.
Jafar wasn’t satisfied with riches and power he had. He always wanted more. This brought him to the point where his own greed for power could be used against him. His lust for power, got him to wish to become the most powerful genie. But he never considered the fact that the power of the genie was still bound to the master of the lamp. He now held stupendous, phenomenal power, in an itty bitty living space. His power was not his alone to utilize, he was still under the authority of another.
This is what every devil spirit shares with Jafar. They all crave authority! So every religion that displays spiritual power besides Jewish and Christian is displaying the power and miracles of devils. The power is real. The miracles are real. But the source is not from the real God of love and truth. They are all deceptions that lead their believers anywhere but to redemption and salvation in the Messiah. Their believers are led to a form of “enlightenment” for their lives today. They may be led to attain a form of “peace” and “harmony.” But their allegiance is towards the ruling spirit of the religion, to appease, or to please that spirit. In return, that follower is promised to spend eternity with or in the presence of that spirit.
Depending upon your personal point of view, this is how spiritual religion will play out. All will have spiritual power and miracles present. All will have prescribed rituals to follow. All will seek to attain the eternal presence of the follower with their god. So in these respects, every religion in the world is the same, including Judaism and Christianity. Every religion considers the soul to be the same as the spirit. So all religions groom the soul to become worthy of eternal spiritual presence with god. But the Judeo/Christian religion promises wholeness. Body, soul, and spirit wholeness just as Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden.
From the Judeo/Christian perspective, all religions are lost, deceived, and following devil spirits. Their promises for the follower to eternally remain in the presence with their god is the truth. The deception, is that their eternal presence with their god, will be in the Lake of Fire. It will not be a wonderful coexistence in harmony and peace with a benevolent god of love and beauty. They are following a doctrine of devils to share with the judgement reserved for the devil and all his followers. Naturally, nobody in the world wants to hear that their religion may be leading them to eternal damnation. As long as they reject the Messiah, they want nothing to do with a church that follows a Messiah and don’t want to hear anything from that church either. When we display the power of God and prove their gods are either powerless or obedient to our God, they would prefer to simply exterminate the Jews and Christians instead.
From their perspective, we are deceived to place our trust in a man that we say God raised from the dead. The Jews say that Jesus’ body was stolen from the grave. They look forward to a coming Messiah that would arrive as the King of Kings. We say that Jesus is the same Messiah that they are looking forward to following into eternity. The followers of Islam say that Mohammed is the Messiah and that Allah is the same God of Abraham we follow.
If we follow miracles, both Godly and ungodly religions can produce miracles. Miracles alone will never be enough to prove the truth of Christianity above every other religion. Showing none at all however, only proves we follow a powerless religion of promises and rhetoric. This is not the Christianity of the New Testament and we really have a right to question whether we are following Biblical Christianity or a distorted and powerless form of Christianity.
There is miraculous power in religion. Whether Christian or non-Christian, true miracles happen. The miracles come about because of faith and spiritual intervention of some kind. Faith is trust. It is the child like trust that the thing prayed for will come to pass. It is trust in the purest sense. Even people who trust only in their own ability, who live entirely in their five senses have learned that this level of trust works miracles that they cannot explain. When we see these miracles, we call it magic. Even in the days of Pharaoh, they knew of enchantments and magic.
Exodus 7: 11, 12a
“Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents:”
The magicians of the world is able to do magic like this even today. Shin Lim demonstrated spiritual enchantments and magic like this on “America’s Got Talent” and won the competition. Before our eyes, we watched the numbers and pictures on the playing card move and transform into another playing card. There is no explanation, but spiritual intervention. Ink cannot move on the surface of paper without spiritual intervention.
There is no need whatsoever for any god to be mentioned, nor any spirit to be proclaimed. The honor and glory did NOT go to the true God at all. All of the honor and glory went to the man, Shin Lim instead. This is the easiest way to know which God is being followed when a miracle happens. The true God always receives the glory for the great works and miracles He does by the hands of His believers. Devils only care that the true God is ignored. Anything and anyone else can receive the glory for the miracles they perform at the hands of their followers. But there is one important fact that needs to be mentioned concerning the miracles before Pharaoh. God always proved that His miracles were greater.
Exodus 7: 12
“For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.”
He proved it when Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal at Mt Carmel. The record is found in 1 Kings 18: 21 – 39. In this record, 450 prophets of Baal were given one bullock to sacrifice and Elijah took one to sacrifice to God. The god that answered by fire to accept the sacrifice would be the true God. The prophets of Baal danced, prayed, shouted, and cut themselves for an entire day and received no answer. Elijah had 12 barrels of water poured over his sacrifice and with one prayer, God sent fire from heaven and consumed the sacrifice and all the water before the eyes of the people.
This is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Moses that Christians worship through Jesus Christ. Our God is NOT dead. We have every right to expect miracles from our God when we pray. If the rest of the world can pray and expect miracles from their gods, we have the right to do the same. When the rest of the world needs their god the most, they will be disappointed. When we need our God the most, He will always come through. The first place to start to know our God is by His written Word. There are over 600 promises He gives us in His written Word. If you don’t know His written Word, you cannot claim a single one of His promises and you cannot test Him at His Word.
There is certainly and without a doubt, miraculous power in religion. It is evident the world over, even in Christian religion. All miracles are energized by the spirit realm, but only one god, is the true God. You are free to choose any god you want. It doesn’t have to be spiritual. We can even make our own desires our god. But no matter which god you choose, all will provide you will miracles. So miracles alone cannot be the proof of following the true God. It is however, a good place to start, when you say you follow the true God.
If your god is silent and your life is completely predictable without any miracles happening around you, then you can truly say that you are liberal and free of religion. But when you have a need that logic and reason cannot answer, are you really content with any outcome? When you have no choice but to endure pain, hardship, loss, and suffering without any hope for deliverance, you are truly alone. With religion, your pain can be shared with caring people. With God, your pain can be overcome with spiritual words of encouragement and direction. Maybe even a miraculous intervention for deliverance.
Phillipians 4: 13
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
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