Why Are There
So Many Religions?
Two words: The Devil
"Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil." - Eph. 6:11
"In order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes. - 2 Cor 2:11
Directions: First read the verse carefully on the left . Then answer the questions below the verse. The answers are in orange to the right. This is design for you to stop and contemplate what is being said in the bible verse. This page will lead you to more and more conclusions as you proceed down the page
"For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. (James 3:16 NAS) All The Devil has to do to cause confusion in the religious world is to add a second teaching. Thus, it becomes harder to find the truth.
1. When we are selfishly ambitious, what is the first thing to come into our lives? Disorder (confusion, chaos)
2. When confusion (disorder) comes into our lives, what comes next? Every evil thing
3. When we see disorder in our lives, we will find evil rearing it's ugly head.
What Is The Scource Of This Confusion?
"But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic." (James 3:14-15)
Did you know that the source of earthly wisdom is demons?
1. Why is there disorder in our lives? We are using the wisdom from below.
2. How are the sources of the wisdom from below described? earthly, natural, demonic
Are Demons Really The Source Of All False Religions?
"But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron." (I Timothy 4:1-2)
What will cause some to fall away from "the faith?
1. Who is behind false teaching? Deceitful spirits
2. Where do false doctrines come from? Demons
3. What kind of men deliver the demos' message? Those teachers with a seared conscience
What Teaching Did The Early Christians Follow?
"So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching." (Acts 2:41-42) Is God senile? Did He tell one group one thing and forgot what he told the first group and told the second group something different?
1. What teaching did the early Jewish church follow? The apostles teaching
"And the word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7)
The faith is what the early Jewish church followed.
1. How did people become disciples in the early church? By becoming obedient to the faith
2. What group of people turned to this new teaching? Many priests (Jewish system priests)
2. What does "the" faith mean? One or more than one?
Is There More Than One Way To Be Saved?
"I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:6-8) NAS
There is no other gospel.
1. What made these Christians Leave Christ? A Different Gospel
2. Can this different gospel save anyone? It is really not another.
3. What does a teacher of something other than the truth deserve? To be cursed.
What Does It Mean To Be Cursed?
"Alas, you who are longing for the day of the LORD, For what purpose will the day of the LORD be to you?It will be darkness and not light; As when a man flees from a lion, And a bear meets him,Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall, And a snake bites him. Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light, Even gloom with no brightness in it?" (Amos 5:18-20)
There is no escape from pain.
1. What happens if you escape the lion who is chasing you? You run into a bear.
2. What happens if you escape the bear who is now chasing you? Your safe at home. Whew!
3. Only to bitten by a deadly snake. To be accursed means a life of gloom without any brightness at all and no escape from the impending destruction to come.
How Does One Know If The Teaching Is From God Or Not?
"They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. " (I John 5:5-6)
The standard is the apostles' teaching.
1. Who listens to the worldly preacher? Those with the spirit of error.
2. Who listens to the preacher sent from God? Those with the spirit of truth.
3. Where does truth come from? God.
The Scariest Thing Of All
"And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false." (2 Thessalonians 2:8-11)
God will give you what you want in religion.
1. Who is behind the lawless one? Satan
2. What will the lawless one be able to do? Signs and false wonders
3. Do all miracles have God as their source ? No
4. Who will slay the lawless one? The Lord
5. What are the tools that Satan uses? Deception and wickedness
6. What group of people will fall prey to the lawless one? Those who perish
7. If you do not care about "the truth", what will God do for you? Send upon you a deluding influence
8. Once it is clear you do not really desire the truth, will God affect your life toward judgment? Yes
9. What is the purpose of this deluding influence? To help you believe what is false
There are over 1500 Chrstian religions? Do you understand what that means? 1499 are wrong. Maybe all are wrong. What is the answer?
"Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him,
"If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. "

They answered Him, "We are Abraham's offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You shall become free'?"
Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin." (John 8:31-34)
Did you know that disciples can be lost?
1. Who is Jesus talking to in this setting? Believers
2. What is the first step toward being free? Abide in His word
3. What is the benefit from abiding in His word? One comes to know "the truth"
4. Whose word must one abide in? The Lord's word
5. What does knowing the truth do for you? It will set you free
6. What do we need to be set free from? Enslavement to sin itself