Religion is the Opiate of the Masses

Posted: February 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I have never been a fan of Karl Marx. I saw the devastation of communism on Romania and the Soviet Union first hand in 1991. But I believe that I agree with the words of this statement. I do not know that I would agree with the meaning that Marx gave to them. For me, religion is man’s effort to find God. There is a huge difference in religion and knowing God in an intimate way.

In West Africa the majority of the people claim to be Muslim. But it is a veneer for most that covers the core of animism that comprises their lives. They live in a culture that is based on fear and power. They must appease the evil spirits and seek the good. At the same time they perform ritualistic prayers throughout the day in words of a language they do not understand. It is all something they do to try and satisfy an emptiness in their soul.

In the southern part of the U.S. where I live it is not much different. People go to church and engage in certain activities that they beleive will satisfy God and therefore fill the emptiness that is inside because of the devastation of sin. Sin separates us from God. Sin is inherited as we are born. That is why we do not have to teach children to be selfish and to do wrong. We are born spiritually dead and separated from God. The longing of our soul is to know the God who created us for Himself, so we drug our souls with the narcotic of religion.

In contrast, the Bible offers to us a gift of grace. Jesus Christ died on a cross in payment for sin, and God offers to us forgiveness and eternal life if we will receive the gift of grace. He calls for us to turn away from sin and to turn to Him in faith. Our pride gets in the way. So, we have a choice. We can accept religion, an opiate to hide our pain, or we can choose a relationship to the living God through Jesus Christ. It is a choice every person must make.

  1. Lori Harrison says:

    You can accept Christ and cease from commiting sinful acts, but if you sit in a pew thinking you’re ok and do nothing that Christ has called us to do, it is still sin. It is still disobedience. To be called and not go, to be commissioned and not be missional~ at home or on foreign soil, to see those in need and not give, knowing someone’s hurting and not giving them love…it’s disobedience and it grieves the holy spirit that lives inside us. Once that happens, it becomes all too easy to fall into a pit and fill it with a facade called religion to hide shame and hurt because we are disconnecting from our father.

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