Religion can be corrupted because religion is administered by human beings. Every human being is subject to temptation, and thus to being corrupted. Religious leaders can thus be corrupted by the same things (such as money, fame, power, and so on) that corrupt leaders of any other endeavor.
Because religion can be corrupted, God had to design a plan of redemption that did not depend on people to administer it. Therefore, the nation of Israel (with its temple, priests, and sacrifices) was merely a preliminary stage before the institution of the kingdom of God (the incorruptible administration of God Himself). Even the church we see in the New Testament was preliminary. It was the final stage of Israel before the kingdom of God came.
The kingdom of God is Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Therefore, if you want to have a proper relationship with God you do not need religion. You only need to embrace Jesus by faith. He is, of course, invisible, but you know His name and you can therefore call upon Him at any time. You can keep your mind focused on Him all day long as you serve Him with your life.
There was a time when God used human intermediaries (that is, biblical times), but those times are no more. You can relate to God directly. Therefore, the only one who can hurt your relationship with God is you. Don’t be your own worst enemy. Trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Live for Him!
Bible notes on this post.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.