EVeRYoNe has some kind of world view or ideology in their lives, that they have picked up somewhere, even if they haven't realized it.
There is a LOT of religion in the world, and not just in all the varieties of Churchism, Islam and Judaism, etc. It comes in any form, form Hinduism to Environmentalism. Man's need to worship and find meaning and structure is impossible to escape. and so, there is a vast, confusing amount of religiosity.
But If I Had the Chance, to broadcast a message to the WHOLE world, and to have a captive audience of every human being for a few minutes. There is only one message that I would wish to share. It wouldn't be a social message, I wouldn't ask them to vote for someone, or to join a Church or buy a book. If I had the whole world's attention, this is the one message that I would share with them:
according to the Bible, ALL men have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We are all separated from a good and holy God, from our Creator, by our sins. God is Holy and Perfect and Just and so He cannot tolerate sin and it must be judged. The PRICE that must be paid for sin, is beyond anything we can afford, it will cost us our souls. If we try to pay the debt, the payment of death will leave us in Hell forever.
But even though God is Holy and Just and Righteous, He is also loving, and compassionate, merciful and gracious and so. He has come down in the form of the Son, Jesus Christ, lived a perfect, sinless, flawless life, and then given His life and shed His blood on the cross. He bore the debt of sin for all mankind on Calvary, He was rejected by the Father. He took our place. And then He rose up from the dead in eternal victory.
ONLY the perfect act of God on Calvary and in the resurection can save us. We can trust wholly in Him. If you will repent, and turn from your own ways, sins and self-righteousness and just put your faith in Jesus, ask Him for forgiveness and He WILL forgive you. He will save you and make you His own if you simply, sincerely, ask Him. the Bible says "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"
adhering towards any religion or teacher will not save your soul. Going to a Church will not get you to heaven. Confessing to a priest will not get you forgiven. Respecting the "Pope" will not make you a Christian. Praying and praying and praying will not make you Holy, Religion is just one big, hot mess! The Only hope you've got is in simply turning to Jesus. They don't call Him Saviour for nothing! He is the Only one who can save you. His blood is the only true payment for our sins, to wash them away forever! Taking communion or getting in the water of baptism will not make you closer to God. It is only Jesus. Jesus Himself said "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me"
Do you want to know your Creator and know you are forgiven and going to heaven? Realize that you are a sinner and acknowledge that you deserve Hell, and no one deserves Heaven, and depend on His grace, put your trust in Jesus for forgiveness. Ask Him to take your life and forgive you and redeem you by His blood. He will! He will come into your heart and become your adopted heavenly Father because of what Jesus did on Calvary. ONLY Jesus can save, religion is nothing but the self-righteousness of man. True repentance is turning from our own idols to Jesus alone. He is the doorway. If you die trusting in your church or the pope, you'll be dissapointed. If you trust in Jesus, you'll be saved!
Jesus said, "Ye must be born again"
The Bible says "There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" The 'priest' isn't a mediator, Mary isn't a mediator. The Church isn't a mediator, your pastor isnt a mediator, Only Jesus is our mediator! I hope everyone who reads this can turn from their own thoughts and just turn to Jesus and receiev the rest and peace that comes from knowing Christ as your personal Saviour and Lord!