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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Religion 501

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and my second mini series entitled "Religion".

Religion has always been a controversial subject, especially more so in the current stream of time since so many crimes are committed in the name of religion. Have you ever wondered where religion originated from? Why there are so many religions? Can religion be trusted? Do you believe all religions lead to God? How do you know which religion is the true one? These questions will be answered in this and future articles based on what the Bible says.

In order to find out the origin of religion and why there are so many religions, we must go back in Bible history to the time of Nimrod. Genesis 10:8-10* states: "Cush became father to Nimrod...a mighty one on the earth...a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah [God's personal Name]. The beginning of his [Nimrod] kingdom was Babel [later known as Babylon]." Genesis 11:1, 2* states: "Now all the earth continued to be of one language and of one set of words. As they traveled eastward, they discovered a valley plain in the land of Shinar, and they began dwelling there." Once settled in Shinar, the people decided on a building project (Genesis 11:4*) The city they built was called Babel [Babylon], primarily a religious city [archaeologists have found many temples in its ruins]. Its worship featured triads of gods, belief in immortality of the soul, belief in the underworld [or hell] and astrology. They practiced idolatry, magic, sorcery, divination and occult. The Tower of Babel was most likely a ziggurat with several stages and a temple at the top. It rose above and dominated the city.
  Jehovah God was not pleased with this project (Genesis 11:5-8*). Remember, He originally intended for man to become many, to fill the earth and subdue it, not to remain isolated in one place trying to make a name himself (Genesis 1:28; 9:1*). So what happened to the building project? Genesis 11:9* says: "That is why it was named Babel, because there Jehovah confused the language of all the earth, and Jehovah scattered them from there over the entire face of the earth."
  No longer able to speak the same language or communicate with each other, the building project was abandoned and the people moved out in different directions, just like God had originally purposed! Of course, they took their Babylonish religious practices, beliefs, ideas, legends and myths lies with them.
  Fast forward to our day, do you see similar beliefs and practices in the world's religions today? Teachings they hold in common but that differ from the Bible originated in ancient Babylon (e.g. hellfire, immortality of the soul). In fact, when compared with the Bible, these lies teachings and practices indicate the diversity of religions is because people have become followers of men instead of listening to God [e.g. Christmas is not a Bible teaching]. Notice what the Bible states at Matthew 15:3*: "Why do you overstep the commandment of God because of your tradition?" and Mark 7:8*: "You let go of the commandment of God and cling to the tradition of men."

*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here
**Image modified from here

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