I have said it before, and I will say it again -- part of educating my children is giving them a final authority (the Word of God) which teaches them to identify TRUTH and FALSEHOOD. This is part of training them up "in the way they should go". I am soooo thankful to have a Bible, to be able to read it, and to have the Holy Spirit, the author of the Book, himself, abiding within me!!
Here is a good example of FALSEHOOD: this unbelievable article which my DH emailed to me. How ridiculous. I feel very sad for the young man who took God's "body". His church has turned on him. He was trying to answer some questions of a friend who wanted to know more, presumably about "Christianity". By the time this is over, the "Church" will have succeeded in turning away both him and his friend from religion. But that is a good thing.
This reminds me of the days of the book of Judges, when the Lord told Gideon to throw down the altar of Baal, to cut down the grove, and to offer unto the LORD a burnt offering using the wood of the grove for the fire (chapter 6:25-32). When he did, the Baalites were ready for war! They wanted blood! "Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son [Gideon], that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it." In the next verse, Gideon's father, Joash, answers them, "Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar." Good point, huh? If Baal is a god, let's see him defend his own honor. If this wafer is, in fact, the body of the Lord Jesus Christ (it is not), is He so weak and helpless that he can't keep this young man from holding Him "hostage"?? What a pathetic savior. And what a hopeless religion, a man-made system of do's and dont's with no true salvation from sins in it, no freedom from guilt, no eternal life. But, religion will defend its dogma -- not Bible truth -- to the death. (Read your history.)
Several years ago my friend's father spied a miniscule piece of wafer on the floor of the church where he attended occasionally. He picked up the body of "Jesus" and gave it to the priest. That night he was rewarded with a vision of what he believed to be the female third of the Holy Trinity, thanking him for "rescuing" her dear son. What a pathetic savior. And a man with no hope.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the God of the Bible, was NOT a victim. The Bible says he laid down his own life ON PURPOSE, to provide himself the sacrifice that would, once and for all, take away our sins. He was NOT weak and pathetic! He does not abide in a piece of dough! His body does not need to be rescued! Jesus Christ brought the world into existence with the word of his mouth. "His hands formed the deep places of the earth." Heaven is his throne and the earth is his footstool. The Lord Jesus Christ is the judge of all nations and of every man. He is the Redeemer, the Rock, the King of Kings! Religion has reduced God to a helpless little babe in a manger, weak and at the mercy of mankind. This pathetic impostor "Jesus" is NOT the God of the Bible.
Our family's memory verse for last week was John 6:35, and what appropriate timing: And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. The Lord Jesus Christ has filled me up and satisfied me completely. Since I met the Savior, I no longer thirst for that missing "something" that would make me complete. I no longer wander from church to church or from doctrine to doctrine, looking for the one that will fulfill me. A zillion of my own good deeds could not fill that emptiness, neither could any church -- only the person of Jesus Christ could, through the complete forgiveness of my sins. The soul of man longs for a right relationship with HIM, and our hearts are not eternally satisfied by any sort of religion. I have not hungered or thirsted for anything spiritual since the day I met the Lord, just as he promised.
The young man in the linked article needs to know that the true God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of the Bible, cares for him and wants to save him from his sins. My prayer is that he will somehow realize that religion has manipulated and deceived him all along.