A New Religion?
Why did Jesus of Nazareth come into this world, live among us for about thirty-three years and die a cruel death on a Roman cross? Then, following His resurrection, a forty day post resurrection ministry and ascension, the Holy Spirit is sent to empower the Church.
I think I can safely say it was not because God, in His wisdom, decided the world needed a new religion. Throughout history the world has had plenty of religion, and of course, still does. Religion is an invention of men in their effort to reach, please, or appease and find favor with some supreme being or power that has control over the affairs of humanity. This has proven to be a futile effort since the Tower of Babel.
True Christianity is not a religion. It’s a relationship. A relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. True Christianity is not man trying to reach out to God with a set of rules, rituals, and sacrifices. It is God reaching out to man. This is why the Word was made flesh. This is why Christ died an agonizing death. This is why Christ in us is the secret hidden from ages and generations. (ref. Colossians 1:26 & 27) Remember John 3:16, perhaps the best known verse in the Bible, “For God so loved the world that He gave……” True Christianity is an act of God toward mankind and not an invention of men.
The only question is, how do we, as individuals and as a Confederation dedicated to truth, respond to God? The only reasonable response is to accept His gift of life and put our faith and trust in Him. Jesus tells us in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
God has done all the work. All we need do is, as someone once said, “Let go and let God.”
Bro. Len Patterson, Th.D Chaplain, Army of Trans-Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans