Which Is the True Religion?

There are lots of religions in the world.  In fact, there seems to be a bewildering array of them.  Is there one religion which is true?  And, if so, which one is it?

Consider the words below, and, as you read them, take note of your heart’s response to them.  That is, ask yourself if they carry the ring of truth.  Here they are:

“This is true religion in the sight of God: to provide for widows and orphans in their distress and keep yourself uncorrupted by the world.” 

They come from the first chapter of the epistle of James in the New Testament of the Bible.  Note that these words about true religion speak nothing of creeds, doctrines, groups, ethnicity, or any of those characteristics commonly associated with religions.  It certainly speaks nothing of pastors, priests, bishops, popes, rabbis, imams, or any other religious leadership. 

These words from James are true, and represent the one true religion God desires us all to practice. 

God wants us to improve our behavior toward each other.  That will lead to our having a more fruitful relationship with Him.  For more explanation, see this overview.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ for those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church, organization, mailing list, or anything else other than Him.

2 Replies to “Which Is the True Religion?”

  1. I totally agree, which I guess is why I am thinking more and more about the “Charter of Compassion” which picks up what is best across the religions. However I fear that for most who claim to be Christians, the creeds, the religious titles and associated rules take over. Remember the letter of James was called the “gospel of straw” by some of the Church fathers, and looking at the behaviour of many Church members today it is hard to see evidence that the majority still give James the priority that in my view he deserves. You might even like to check out my essay, “So you think you have the one true faith?”

    1. Jesus gave us what could be called the original and transcendant charter of compassion when He said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you” (John 15:12). This has nothing to do with going to church, it has nothing to do with being a Christian. It has to do entirely with compassion, which is why James wrote what he did about compassion being the only kind of religion in which God was interested (James 1:27).

      Jesus came to usher out the age of religion (in which Jews carried the torch for Him) and usher in the age of the kingdom of God in which every human being would be His child. He speaks to our hearts (more specifically, our consciences) and urges us to forsake selfish interests and pursue His interests…which are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, strengthen the weak, and so on.

      As for your essay, I left this comment:

      You are right to say that with its innumerable different denominations that Christianity as practiced by the churches cannot be the one truth faith. What is important not to overlook, however, is that just because the churches are wrong does not mean Jesus is wrong.

      Jesus Christ is the truth. He was God come to us to show us how to live. As God, He belongs to all of us, not just Christians. In fact, He makes no distinctions between Christians, Muslims, atheists, or agnostics. He looks on every human heart and asks that we trust and obey Him. That means submitting our every thought to His lovingly watchful eye and loving one another as He loved us.

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