HOW YOU CAN KNOW IF YOU ARE IN THE TRUE RELIGION?
It has been said, “Does it really make sense that the geographical location of ones birth or the particular family tree into which one was born should determine ones religion?” If a person was born in Southern Europe or South America, he or she will probably be raised a Catholic. If a person was born in the Middle East or North Africa, he or she will probably be raised a Muslim. If a person was born in South East Asia he or she will probably be raised a Buddhist. And if a person was born in India, he or she will probably be raised a Hindu.
Most religious people have blindly followed the particular religion into which they were born and raised without carefully examining the intellectual integrity of its foundational beliefs. If a religion is really a true religion then it must present some convincing reasons why people should believe it above other religions. For if everyone simply believes in their different religions simply because they were raised that way then all religions could be considered true no matter how different they are from one another.
For example, Muslims and Jews believe that there is only one God yet Hindu’s and Shintoists believe in many Gods. Catholics believe in prayers to the saints while Protestants do not. Jehovah’s witnesses believe that Jesus is Michael the archangel “manifested in the flesh” rather than the Bible’s teachings that “God was manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16).” Can all of the various world religions and sects of these religions be true while they are diametrically opposed to each other? How can one religion believe that God is ONE Divine Individual and another religion believe that God is MANY different Divine Individuals? God cannot be both ONE BEING and MANY BEINGS at the same time? Therefore it is clear that all of the world’s different religions cannot all be right!
How then can the average seeker find the true religion from the many false? The only way to know for sure if one is really in the true religion is for that person to carefully examine his or her particular religious affiliation to make sure it is founded on solid foundational pillars of truth and credibility. The evidence proving the one true religion should be clearly understood and explained in the presence of other hostile religions. If there is no substantial evidence giving justifiable reasons why one is a Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, etc. then it makes clear sense that the followers of this religion have been deceived by a false religious system. And if the majority of the world’s religions are false then it makes reasonable sense to honestly take a careful look at one’s own religion to ensure that it is indeed the right one! Have you ever done this? Most people have accepted the religion that they were raised in as the true one without ever seriously taking the time and effort to question its validity. If a person honestly investigates the reasons why a religion claims to be true and finds that this particular religion (that he or she was raised in or has embraced) is proven false, then one must have enough honesty and integrity to abandon this religion (or sect of a world religion) and embrace the true one. If a person sees that their religious affiliation is false but he or she is afraid to leave that religion because of fear of being rejected or persecuted by one’s family, friends, and the religious people associated with one’s culture, then that person is a religious hypocrite who loves the approval of men more than the approval of God (or the gods of Paganism). For why should anyone spend the rest of his or her entire lifetime diligently pursuing a religion that is not founded on intellectual truth and credibility? And why would one knowingly choose to follow a false religion with false promises? And why would anyone knowingly allow himself and his family to waste their lives away pursuing a religion that is false?
Below: Catholic Popes forced Catholicism upon most of Europe and Latin America. Can one’s religion be right because it was forced upon his ancestors centuries ago?
Eternity is too long to take the chance on being wrong! If you choose the wrong religion in this short life it will determine where you spend all eternity. In other words, if you diligently follow the right religion you will be rewarded with great blessings and eternal life (most of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam believes in eternal life) but if you have the wrong religion you will receive no blessing at all, but rather, eternal damnation in Hell (most of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam believes in eternal damnation in Hell). No matter what your religious affiliation is I’m sure that there are great blessings promised to the faithful and great punishments promised to the unfaithful. Therefore it is necessary to make sure you are truly in the right religion so that you do not waste your life chasing false promises and false rewards that will never come to you and to your family. For eternity is too long to be wrong!
If we are to make sure that we are in the right religion and that we are rightly rewarded we must be willing to take an intellectually honest look at the alleged foundational evidence of the religion we were raised in (or the one we have subsequently embraced) and compare our findings with the alleged evidence of other religions. Any religion that cannot stand up to critical examination is not worth following. Many false religions use fear tactics and threats to keep adherents in the same false religion from generation after generation.
If a religion is established upon the fear of men then it cannot be true. Man’s intimidation, persecution, and punishment against those who turn away from a particular religion is not a justifiable reason to follow that religion. If people are constantly threatened to stay in a particular religion rather than being given evidence for faith in that religion then it is not truth that the religion is built upon but the fear of men. Many who have decided to change their religion have been severely persecuted by people in their former religion because the former religion was not built upon truth. Many people have even been disowned by their parents and family members just because they rejected the religion that they were born and raised in. Any religion that rams its beliefs down people’s throats without giving adult people a choice to accept or reject it cannot be a true religion. For how will the Divinity judge the world for wrongdoing if all people are forced to do right?
It makes clear and reasonable sense that a Divine Religion would back up its teachings with clear signs and infallible proofs confirming the Words of its founding Prophet(s), Apostle(s), or Teacher(s). The true religion should obviously stand out from the many false religions so that all mankind could easily know the true religion from the many false religions! If the Deity in any religion is Almighty, All-Knowing, and All-Wise, then it is reasonable to expect that His chosen Prophets, Apostles, or Teachers who founded the true religion would speak with infallible utterances and with signs and miracles confirming the power of the Deity of that true religion. Therefore, there should not be any historical, scientific, doctrinal, or prophetic errors or contradictions inherent within the utterances or inspired writings of their religions founder(s).
If a religion is true it must have some justifiable or factual reasons why it is true. If a person cannot find some kind of evidence to back up his or her faith in that religion then that religion cannot be true. If that alleged evidence is not powerful enough to submit to others (even one’s critics) then how that religion can be a true religion. There must be some kind of concrete evidence to give credence to a religion if it can be called the true religion.
If the religion of our family or ancestors is proven false then we must be honest enough to accept the truth about the matter and honestly seek only the truth that comes from above. It makes no sense to blindly follow ones particular religion into which one was raised without taking the time to carefully critique the intellectual credibility of its origin. If you have never honestly analyzed the intellectual credibility of the religion that you were raised in then you are probably following one of the world’s many false religions, rather then the true one!
What a tragedy that so many people around the world are wasting their precious lives by dedicating themselves to so many different false religions or diverse sects within these religions? If all religious people everywhere would carefully examine the foundational integrity of their particular religion with an intellectually open and honest heart, then all of humanity would be able to find and acknowledge the One True Religion originating from above. How I wish that all people everywhere would do just that!
Unfortunately, most people are not willing to carefully examine their particular religion to make sure it is indeed the right one! They will get very mad at anyone who dares to question or expose the false and contradictory teachings of the particular religion they have been raised in (or have embraced) without ever seriously taking a moment to question the legitimacy of their religion. Many are content to say that their parents were Catholic, Muslim, or Hindu etc. so this is the reason why they remain in that religion.
Many people who are in false religions refuse to hear anything about other religions because they are afraid of being ostracized by their family and friends. Others even fear being physically armed if they were to change their religious faith. Are any of these reasons the same reasons why you are in a particular religion? If so, you are most probably in a false religion and on a path leading you and your family away from the truth rather than towards it!
Therefore the great majority of people who have lived their short lives here on planet earth will suffer the consequences for choosing to follow the false religions of their ancestors. The Prophet Jesus said, “If the [spiritually] blind lead the [spiritually blind] both will fall into the ditch (Matthew 5:14).” Although Jesus spoke this maxim of truth it can rightly be applied to all religious people worldwide. Both the false religious leaders and their followers shall fall into the same ditch. This is why it is necessary for every man and every woman to carefully examine the original foundations of their religious faith. It is very careless and reckless for anyone to take the chance on one’s religion being the right one just because it was the religion he or she was raised in from birth.
Any religion which cannot endure intellectual critique but has to perpetuate itself through isolation from other religions, the use of persecution, or even physical violence to suppress its detractors, cannot be a true religion. If a God is a true deity then He could never make the mistake of building His religion without ample foundational reasons to back it up as the one true religion mankind is to follow. Otherwise, all of the world’s population could not be held accountable for believing in any different kind of religion that they wanted to follow. Therefore, the true religion must stand out from the rest of the world religions by many Divine confirmations that all other religions do not have!
A few thousand years ago the great ancestors of all later Muslims and Christians did not embrace Islam or Christianity because the vast majority of the world’s population were born and raised pagans. Less than two thousand years ago the religion now known as Islam did not yet exist because the Prophet Muhammad was not born until the seventh century AD. About two thousand years ago Christianity was still in its infancy and Christians were only a very small part of the population of the known world. According to the annals of history, your long distant ancestors were probably pressured to convert into the particular religion you are now embracing today through fear of harsh persecution or even death. The great majority of professing Christians in Europe were coerced and pressured into embracing the various Church State forms of Denominational Christianity. The same can be said of many of the earliest peoples converting to Islam. They were pressured to join the new religion of Islam through fear of forced slavery, heavy taxation, or bodily harm.
PROOF THAT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM PERSECUTED EACH OTHER
The Following Quotes Are From The Wikipedia Encyclopedia
Persecution of Muslims in South Europe
“At first, the Muslim populations did well in Sicily in the first 100 years of the Norman conquest. Arabs remained privileged in the matters of government. Indeed, 4000 Saracen archers took part in various battles between Christian forces. When the Normans and later the House of Anjou lost control of the Island to Peter of Aragon, Islam began to decline. Norman rulers followed a policy of steady Latinization (converting the island to Catholicism). Some Muslims chose the option of feigning conversion, but such a remedy could only provide individual protection and could not sustain a community (Page 35).”
“Sicilian Muslims, a subject population, were dependent on the mercy of their Christian masters and, ultimately, on royal protection. When King William the Good died in 1189, this royal protection was lifted, and the door was opened for widespread attacks against the island’s Muslims. Islam was no longer a major presence in the Island by the 14th century. Toleration of Muslims ended with Increasing Hohenstaufen control. Many repressive measures, passed by Frederick II, were introduced in order to please the Popes who could not tolerate Islam being practiced in the heart of Christendom, which resulted in a rebellion of Sicily's Muslims. This in turn triggered organized resistance and systematic reprisals and marked the final chapter of Islam in Sicily. The rebellion abated, but direct papal pressure induced Frederick to mass transfer all his Muslim subjects deep into the Italian hinterland, to Lucera.”
In the Iberian Peninsula
“Depending on the local capitulations, local Muslims were allowed to remain (jars) with some restrictions and some assimilated into the Christian population. After the conquest of Granada, all the Spanish Muslims were under Christian rule. The new acquired population spoke Arabic and the campaigns to convert them were unsuccessful. Legislation was gradually introduced to remove Islam, culminating with the Muslims being forced to convert to Catholicism by the Spanish Inquisition. They were known as Moriscos and considered New Christians. Further laws were introduced, as on 25 May 1566, stipulating that they 'had to abandon the use of Arabic, change their costumes, that their doors must remain open every Friday, and other feast days, and that their baths, p