Why Religion Is Wrong for You
When you are ill and you go to your doctor, you know how important it is for him to diagnose your condition correctly. When a doctor misdiagnoses a condition, he will prescribe the wrong treatment, which can lead to prolonged suffering and even death. If you have a tumor in your head that needs to come out, you don’t want your doctor treating it as a mere headache and prescribing Tylenol. A misdiagnosis, or under-diagnosis, in such a case could prove fatal. I have had more than one relative to die because the wrong medication was administered as the result of a wrong medical dagnosis.
Sadly, when it comes to matters of the soul, the religions of the world have grossly misdiagnosed the spiritual condition of the human spirit. Consequently, they have prescribed a course of treatment consisting of rules, rituals and regulations. They instruct their adherents to keep commandments, conduct pilgrimages, perform rituals, fastings, and other religious duties as a way to fix what’s wrong with their spirits.
But that’s like prescrbing Tylenol for a cancer patient and expecting it to cure him. It can’t and it won’t. Rules, regulations and rituals cannot fix the human spirit. That is because sinners are not just spiritually bad, or wrong, or not good enough to be pleasing to God. It’s far worse. The spirits of sinners are cut off from God and dead.
“The day you sin you shall surely die,” God told Adam. Not just become imperfect, but actually become dead spiritually. Dead people can’t be helped by rules, regulations, and rituals. The only thing a dead person needs and that can help him or her is life.
This is why Jesus said to Nicodemus, one of the most religious and respected leaders at the time, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
And to Thomas, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” And again to all His disciples, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 3:3, 14:6, 10:10 NKJV)
The only course of treatment that can help a man who is cut off from God and dead spiritually is one that will give him new life. And the only one who absolutely guarantees He can give you this life and reconnect your spirit to His Father’s is Jesus, the Son of the Living God.
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36 NKJV)
So, if your religion tells you that what you need to do to solve your spiritual problem is to do a better job at keeping its rules, regulations, and rituals, it has under-diagnosed your condition and consequently, prescribed a course of treatment that will not help you. Unfortunately, like a medical misdiagnosis, this wrong diagnosis will leave you worse off—still lost, still cut off from God, and still dead spiritually!
Dear friend, if you have not yet asked Jesus to come into your heart, then you are still suffering from spiritual death. The solution you need is not more law. You need more Life. You don’t need more morality. You need a supernatural miracle. You need to be born again, from above!
Perhaps, like Nicodemus, you want to see the kingdom of heaven. Then, please do not turn to religion for help because its rules, rituals and regulations cannot save your soul. Turn to Jesus, instead! Believe He is the Son of God, who suffered in your place, and confess Him as your Lord and Savior. He promises to forgive all your sins and to give you Eternal Life.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
Hallelujah! Right diagnosis. Right cure!