Here we are at the end of 2011 and what a year it has been. As is typical of this time of year, we see people bustling about to prepare for holiday celebrations, which includes the celebration of the birth of the God’s Son, Jesus the Christ. What many people do not know is that Jesus was not born in December. Most people do not even stop to think about it.
It does not help that the Christendom religions and their clergy teach falsities about the birth of Christ. From gaudy decorations to the destruction of millions of life-giving trees, at Christmas people continue to follow their family and religious traditions year after year instead of identifying the reality of what is being celebrated. They do not know that Jesus Christ instructs us to remember his death, but says nothing about celebrating his birth.
To add injury to ignorance, many people identify Christian religions with the Bible, which means they think these religions and the Bible are basically the same. But religions and the Bible are not synonymous. They are very different from each other.
Hypocrisy is a feigning of what a person is not or to believe what they do not, especially the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion. Religions contain some of the most hypocritical teachings ever imagined. These teachings are promoted and supported by some of the most hypocritical people. The clergy’s feigned service and worship of God slanders and defames the Bible, making it appear to be false and causing others to disregard its teachings. The hypocrisy in their beliefs and practices makes it difficult for the general public to trust and believe the Bible, and their influence causes many people to stray and err. Jesus said you will know them by their fruits. Read Matthew 7:20-23.
The apostle Paul wrote that only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God exist (Ephesians 4:4-6). But people desired their own ideas, and multiple religions emerged and still thrive today. Remember 2 John 1:9: "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."
Some examples of religious practices that are not synonymous with the Bible’s teachings are described here. You might recognize some of them in the teachings that you observe today.
• Worship of idols. Exodus 20:1-5. The Catholic practice of worshiping idols, such as praying to statues, is contrary to the Bible’s teachings.
• Christmas as Christ’s birth. Jeremiah 10:1-5. Do not decorate a tree like the heathen. They do not know God. Google the origin of Christmas and examine it for yourself.
• Trinity doctrine. John 14:28. Jehovah/YHWH sent His Son. They are individual beings as Father and Son with different roles. See John 6:44.
• Teaching the end times. 2 Timothy 3:1-7. Many Christian religions do not teach their followers about the end times.
• Watch. Mark 13:37, Matthew 24:15. Jesus Christ teaches sincere Christians to watch for the times and events that he has foretold will come.
• War and the clergy’s blessings on wars. Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:3. A day is coming when warring will be non-existent.
• Practicing righteousness before others. Matthew 6:1-8. Many so called religious people pray and display their deeds openly in public.
• Holy Spirit. John 14:17. The world cannot receive the Holy Spirit because they do not behold or know God. Without the Holy Spirit, a person cannot understand the teachings in the Bible.
• Teaching the truth for money. Titus 1:11, Isaiah 55:1-2. Do not pay others for the truth. The truth is free. By following Christ, you will know the truth and it will set you free from the bondage of this evil world. See John 8:31-32.
As you enter into 2012, consider if what you believe is synonymous with the Bible. Before time runs out, begin to question what you have always believed. Question everything. Sincere Christians must watch, learn, and change. It will be important to your salvation to discern now what the religions are teaching. What you understand when Jesus Christ the Messiah comes will make a difference in his judgment on you