SHOWING OUR LOVE TO GOD.
Upon listening to a local radio program the other day, I heard a Jew praising the Pope on his choice of a man to replace Cardinal Ritter. This Jew went on to say that the Protestants also used good judgment and means in choosing their leaders. He stated that they all had their different ways and methods of showing their love to God.
What this Jew was saying, is actually the philosophy of the majority of the religious world. You love God your way and I will love God my way and we will all go to heaven together. But the Bible tells us how we are to love God, 1 Jno. 5:3, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments..."
Taking the Jew first, we know that he does not love God; because he does not accept His Son, 1 Jno. 2:22, 23.
Secondly, we take the Catholics and say that they do not love God, because they keep not His command- ments, 1 Jno. 2:1-6. In this scripture, we find Christ being the Advocate, the only Advocate, the only Mediator between God and man. But the Catholics have Mary, the Pope, the Priests, "Saints", etc. as mediators. They also violate Matt. 23:9, ;by calling their priests, "father".
Next, we notice the protestants. Every protestant church without exception has been started and is main- tained upon a peculiar dogma of some man or woman. Christ warned against such in Matt. 15:8,9; 7:21-23; 15:13. If the Jew, the Catholic, and the Protestant would put aside the very man-made dogmas that make what they are religiously and would take the Bible and the Bible only, there would cease to be Jew, Catholic, or Protestant, but they would all be one in Christ and known as Christians.
The New Testament teaches us how to love God the acceptable way. Unless we follow its teaching and obey its laws, we do not love God. For those who love God keep His commandments.
By Jim Sasser
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