Freedom Of Religion Means Any Religion

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Freedom Of Religion Means Any Religion

Democracy is a wonderful experience enjoyed by few in the world and seldom found in the history of men. The early colonial days of America were not tolerant of other religions. Long before the Pilgrims arrived in America, a group of French Protestants established a colony at Fort Caroline (Northeast Florida). Florida was governed by the Spanish, who were predominantly Catholic. In 1565, Spanish troops massacred everyone at Fort Caroline for being followers of the “odious Lutheran doctrine.” In 1791, the First Amendment was passed that reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Freedom of religion is a valued part of the American culture. As a melting pot of many cultures and races, the United States is a place where freedom of religion allows anyone to worship in any manner they desire. A recent bumper sticker touted the ideal of religious freedom, meaning any religion. It is clear the author of the phrase seeks to impress upon others the fundamental right under the constitution of the United States to worship after any religion they may choose. Legally, they would be correct in their assessment. Religiously they are blatantly wrong.

Religion is the idea of man worshiping a higher being, whether singular or plural, including a system of belief and a body of faith. Everyone has a religion. The atheist may deny the existence of a living God, but his religion is the worship of self. His god is what he makes himself to be in his own image. Some religions have multiple gods, like the Greeks and Romans. Buddhist worship Buddha. Hinduism includes an assortment of gods with diverse beliefs and practices. Islam follows the teachings of Muhammad and the teachings of the Koran. Judaism still maintains a devotion to the Old Law but varies with the traditions of Jewish halakhic and theological discourse. One source puts the number of 4,300 religions in the world.

God created man to be a creature of worship. Cain and Abel evidenced the first record of worship when they offered sacrifices to the Lord. Noah built an altar to the Lord after the flood. Abraham can be traced by the smoke of his sacrifices to God. The Lord established a law through Moses to fulfill the Seed promised in Christ. Jesus came and established His church and, after His ascension, ordained the apostles to establish the church in the city of Jerusalem. During the ministry of Jesus, the Son of God made a shocking statement. The night before Jesus was crucified, the Lord told the eleven there was only one way to the Father. Jesus said He was the only way to God, the only eternal truth, and He was the only life whereby men could be saved. That eliminated all others. Jesus declared there was only one way to God.

Freedom of religion is the freedom to follow any religion but the only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ. The United States will allow a man to follow any religion he chooses because that is his democratic right. However, the One who established worship (religion) determined there was only one way, one path, one truth, and only one Savior – Jesus Christ. There is no democracy in the kingdom of God. A man can choose to attend whatever church he desires, but there is only one church where the saved are found. On the Day of Pentecost, three thousand souls were saved and added to the church (the only true religion) by the grace of God. There was no freedom of religion. It was either the church of Jesus Christ or none. Jesus died for His church, His Kingdom, and His Bride. Freedom is in Christ, but there is no freedom to worship any way a person may desire.

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