Many Christians are still searching, finding and learning more about their faith. Not all churches are full.
There is a reason for this. There is a never ending quest for the truth of God in our lives, and it does not come easy. There is ridicule from family and friends for getting “too religious.” On one hand we want to have our questions answered and understand better. On the other hand, some decisions need to be made regarding what we choose to believe, or not believe.
Do we take the easy road of what was handed to us as children, if in fact matters of faith were handed down to us?
Is it alright to change what we believe at this point in our life?
Isn’t this the age of inter-faith, anything goes with everyone’s belief system, as long as we do not hurt their feelings?
And what is the Book of Revelation all about anyway?
Does any of this even matter?
Jesus prophesied that a small group of Christians keeping the faith as he taught it would remain in these last days. He did not say a large group of Christians would stay to the end. He did say that in these days, before God’s Kingdom comes to earth, that “weeds” would be sown among his faithful, mixing them up, even among the faithful. This is easy to see. What Jesus taught has nothing to do with human traditions, seasonal celebrations, and worldly obsessions. These are major distractions to the faithful.
One thing is clear. Jesus did not tell the Jewish people to keep practicing their Jewish ways.
Jesus did not tell the Gentiles to keep their non-belief systems.
Jesus did not tell the pagans to keep their false gods.
Jesus did not tell everyone he met to go along with any and all belief systems, nor did he ever say to worship all religions together in an inter-faith way.
Today we see so many divisions in our human grappling with our understanding of exactly what Jesus told us to do. We see a great “falling away,” (the Greek word apostasia here means “to defect from truth”) before the Return of Christ (II Thes. 2:1-3) has now occurred.” rcg.org.
There are many churches now who are taking a much needed closer look at what they teach and why. The reason this is necessary is because many churches, since the time of Jesus, mixed the pagan traditions and their celebrations and festivals to the false gods; with how God told his faithful how, what, when, where and why to worship. The celebrations to the false god Nimrod (at Christmas) and his to his wife Ishtar (Easter) being combined with Christianity is a major problem for anyone authentically claiming to be Christian. Anyone not knowing the history (not opinion or faith, but fact) of these celebrations may refer to posts 1-10 in this series, as well as the True Origin of Christmas series in this blog; or simply check any secular (or even Catholic) encyclopedia.
The Restored Church of God, from which this series is taken at rcg.org, is written by David C. Pack. It is accurate. In my studies, I must also mention that the Jehovah’s Witnesses also have accurate understanding in these matters. This post continues now regarding the separation of the churches, and the great switch that has taken place within all of Christendom:
“Thus, the previously described true Church organization joined the other church, portrayed as a harlotrous queen (like Semiramis/Easter) riding a beast with seven heads (Rev. 17). These heads represent the historic revivals of the Holy Roman Empire. This whorish woman symbolizes a powerful, politically organized church. Gradually, this church, centered at Rome, adopted more and more pagan doctrines and practices until the only discernible difference between it and pagan religion was its use of the name of Jesus Christ. This is how Easter came to be celebrated in place of the true Christian Passover.” rcg.org.
When Jesus told his disciples, “Do this in memory of me,” he was talking about the Passover celebration, which God himself commanded to his followers to do. Jesus was not talking about his resurrection, which at that time had not even happened yet. How many people know that stories of gods resurrecting were common in pagan culture?
In a misguided attempt to appease pagan and Christian cultures by blending them into one, they have been as successful as blending oil and water, which never truly blends. It is the pagan cultures and traditions which kept the Babylonian false ideologies alive.
“This “mother church” has many “daughter denominations,” and the entire system masquerades under the banner of “Christianity,” when they are really the “Babylon Mystery Religion.” The Bible pictures her as a universal deceiver with all “Christian” countries made drunk with her false doctrines! She is pictured as being made drunk with the blood of the saints, while, at the same time, bragging that she is the true church. All of her daughters have adopted her pagan practices.” rcg.org, by David C. Pack.