Equality vs. Freedom of Religion

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Religion in our country is taking on a different definition.  Our forefathers made it very clear that the United States should be a melting pot of people from different countries, cultures and, YES, even with different religious beliefs.  They stated that our country would stand for freedom of religion.  No person would be persecuted or harassed for their beliefs.  However, it was also very clear that our founding fathers believed in The Trinity — God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  That is not arguable.  They did not say that all religions are equal.  Our forefathers understood we all must respect each other’s beliefs.  However they also knew there is a big difference between equality of religions and freedom of religion.

Society is making a major push to try to equalize religions.  Your god can be the same as my God, just as long as he/she/it is called a god.  “Please Pray” oftentimes now means “Pray to your god”  –  meaning the God or god of your choice.  Sound familiar?

The Old Testament is full of stories of people who tried to make other gods equal to the only true God.  Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the commandments of God and, remember this… the first commandment was (and STILL IS), “thou shalt have no other gods before me.”   (Exodus 20)

Our God is the only one worthy of all devotion and worship.  But sadly throughout time — and increasingly in our time — other gods are being elevated and deified by many.   The horrific problem with this is that it not only denies our Creator God, but it also takes Jesus out of the equation.  People easily accept the concept of a god, (some will even accept the Creator God of the Bible), but many do not want to accept the concept of sin, or the Saviour who paid for our sin —  Jesus.  Many think it’s too dorky, freaky (Jesus Freaks) or mystical and miraculous.  They want to candy-coat sin and wrap it up all nice and pretty. Society wants you to believe in a loving god that would not allow pain and suffering.  Many do not understand or want to accept/confess sin and the reason for Jesus.  Society teaches “I am a good person so why do I need a Saviour,” or  embraces a “just play nice and accept each other’s god” attitude.  There’s a growing belief that everything and everyone can be equal.  Please understand that our God is not equal to any other god.  He is the Alpha and the Omega (Revelation 1:8). He is the Great I AM (John 8:58).

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