No one likes to be controlled by another person or thing. Yet, I believe that we can be controlled by our religions and not realize it. Not only can we be controlled, but we can be trapped in our beliefs because religion is able to manipulate us into seeing God in a certain light. This can be very harmful because it may not be the way God is at all. It is hard enough as it is to know God without someone or religion feeding us false information. Allow me to share some examples with you and show you how one falsehood can build upon another falsehood.

The first example is the falsehood of need. People are convinced that they need certain things in order to be happy. They even think that God needs certain things from them before God will bless them. Then religion comes in telling them what they need to do and what God needs from them; even to the point of telling them what they need to believe.

As far as happiness is concerned, some believe that they can be happy only under certain conditions and so we experience life in this way and think that God must experience life in this way. In reality, we need nothing to be happy because happiness is a state of mind. There is also nothing that God needs from us before God will bless us.

The next falsehood is that of failure. This falsehood is the falsehood that God can fail because God can desire something but not get it. For example, 1 Tim. 2:3-4, "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” I hear people say all of the time that God can do anything but fail. But they do not believe that God can accomplish what we read in the verse above without forcing mankind to be saved. Just because you cannot see how God can do it does not mean it cannot be done. Because they believe failure exists, the outcome of life is full of doubt.

I have more examples to share but I will share them in my next article. 

Published by Willie Starks