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Religion or A Belief In God

May 19, 2007

I was reading ‘The Other Side Of Religion by Raja Petra Kamarudin’ here and was posting my comment when I noticed that it was getting a tad too long. So I have decided to post it here as a blog instead. Moreover, the comments at Malaysia-Today were far too many that it was almost impossible to follow the discourse taking place. This blog is not a definitive work on the subject but merely my personal interpretation of the concept of religion. An open-mind is most welcomed at this juncture as we are fully aware how Malaysians generally react to a discussion on a subject of this kind. Peace. (Note: All scriptures quoted are from the King James Version.)

Religion, in whatever faith or form, is an invention of man.

Please, folks, hold your horses. There is a fundamental difference between Religion and A Belief In God.*

The two are not the same and should not be confused. Simply put, the former is man’s way to God whereas the latter is God’s way to Him. Note the difference?

Perhaps to help you understand better, allow me to explain it another way.

Religion is man’s ritualistic way to God as imagined by man. Whereas A Belief In God is one’s direct spiritual way to God as ordained by God Himself.

There’s no third-party involvement for the latter. It’s just you and God, me and God, one-on-one in spirit and in truth with God. We are all equal. No one is holier than the other as God has flatly said that “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10)

To disagree with the above and you’ll call God a liar.

When man takes it upon himself to find ways to God through “good works” that’s when we give rise to religion. And herein lies the root cause to the multifarious problems overwhelming mankind today. Religion is also when man has invented a way for another whereby he or she can find favour with God and therefore be guaranteed a place in heaven. What?!!! Can God be so easily bribed and bought? Does He require the things from a man or woman those that He Himself has created?** Such foolishness! Such audacity!

The situation is made worse when man starts to think that he knows God and proceeds to behave like Him! Oh brothers and sisters, how dare we to usurp God’s place. Are we not one of His creations like everything else that He has brought into being in this universe? Who are we to dare think that we think like Him and then boldly go forward to act on His behalf? Can we create a new grain of sand or a new drop of water or a new pip of seed with all our technology existing today, without borrowing anything that God has created and placed on this Earth?

We don’t even know when we will be born and when we will go back to Him. We don’t even know how many hairs we have on our own head. How dare we to think that we are like God and behave like Him?

God, in His infinite wisdom, only gives mankind a set of simple truths (e.g. Exodus 20: 2-17, Deuteronomy 5:11-21, 1 John 5:3) to follow and live by. Here’s where it’s absolutely mandatory that one has to read the holy book yourself and don’t let someone else read it for you and tell you what God says!

God talks to each and everyone through His Word+ and make sure the holy book you read from is authentically His Word. There are so many perverted versions in this universe right now that finding the one true Book is necessarily a task in itself. But I digress.

Coming back to God’s truths. Whether one chooses to believe and do so by His Word or commands is entirely up to the individual and there is no compulsion. God never uses force. He merely tells us what is right and what is wrong and the consequence that will surely befall us should we err from His ways is clearly written. The rest is up to the individual. This is democracy and free-choice at the most supreme.

God did not create robots. He created us as His children in His image and gave us the faculty to reason, discern and choose.

One can choose to obey or disobey God, full-stop. No man is given the right or authority to enforce that obedience on another person and also to usurp the judgement seat of God Himself (search your scripture for this simple truth whether you are a Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, Mormon, Jew, Catholic, Jehova’s Witness, Christian, Muslim, etc.) To do so will be an insult to God and a sin against Him. So tread carefully for He did say “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” (Romans 12:19)

God does make sure one is solely responsible for one’s actions and He will be your only Judge when the time finally comes for you to meet Him. Whether one believes He exists is another matter. The vulnerability of your soul is in your hands and He has full ownership of it. You can put yourself at variance with God or in harmony with His Being. It’s your choice. And don’t let another make that choice for you.

Seriously, God does not need another mere man to act on His behalf unless He gives that man a direct command or a command through His angels or prophets. (If you read His Word, you’ll know how to identify such beings.) His wisdom is not our wisdom and who is to know His mind when we ourselves do not even know when our time will be up?

Man’s obedience to God’s words is all the Almighty wants. Disobedience to God’s truths is a rebellion against Him. The rebellion against God did not start yesterday. No, not even a thousand years ago. It started all the way back in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve first lived and where God placed a tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of it and simply commanded Adam and Eve that they should not eat of it nor even so much as touch it: “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” (Genesis 3:3) “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)

And how did we screw up so bad? Because of religion! All it took was the serpent to come and plant the seed of doubt and preach his “twisted” Word of God to Eve, preceded by just four mere little words: “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1)…. “Ye shall not surely die:” (Genesis 3:4) “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)

How wonderfully said. How enticing! No wonder most of us are fools to sweet words of man and be bought over by his religion. No wonder we are faced with all sorts of problems that seem to confound us no end. No wonder we are all feeling so lost and helpless. All because of our blind and mindless acceptance of a religion created by another man! A mere man behaving as God, and playing God! Therefore, beware the serpents that live amongst us – and there are many.

A belief in God and believing in his truths are the only way mankind can save himself or herself. You don’t need religion; you only need God and to Him alone should you look to. You don’t need another person to tell you how to reach God. Let God Himself tells you how to reach Him. Read your holy book yourself. Let God sends His holy spirit to guide and teach you what He is saying to you. Then have a direct one-on-one relationship with Him. He does not want, and has no need for, your golds nor your properties nor your homages. All He wants is your obedience. Your obedience to His every word.

Just imagine this. When every man and woman obey God’s every word and live by them, all problems will disappear overnight. There will be no contention and no strife. No suspicion. No hate. No jealousy. No greed. No corruption. No crime. What a paradise on earth!

Religion or a meek, truthful belief in God and His Word? You choose.

Peace be with you, and God bless you.

+ “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments ….” (Psalms 111:10)

+ “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)

+ “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

+ “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

* “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

** “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31)

  1. Nora permalink

    Long time no see brother,

    Just dropping by to say hello. In BTW clemfour had move to wordpress already.

    Adios from Miri

  2. ewoon permalink


    Thanks for dropping by. Will you be in town anytime soon?

    Take care and keep in touch.

  3. Mat Salo permalink


    Your posting, and RPK’s earlier privide much food for thought. It’ll take a while to digest – you know where the problems lie – in its various interpretation. I read somewhere, that genetically everyone is “hard-wired” into religion – just like the fear of snakes is. It’s a primeval “fight” or “flight” thing. But bravo Sir, for putting up this excellent commentary!

  4. Maverick SM permalink

    Good discourse.

    But I do disagree the interpretation of religion and a belief in God as two distinct features as illustrated.

    Religion is about man’s belief in the existence of God, or in other terms, metaphysical being.

    Believing in God is believing that He exist and that there is a higher being above.

    Certainly, religion is about man’s belief in God (man’s way to God as you had said) and there’s no such thing as God’s way to man. For man are man, created by Him and those who claim they were sent by Him was a claim by another and was not validated by Him for we won’t know whether it was absolutely true whether it was Him who sent this or that messenger. But those who had accepted a certain religion would therefore naturally accept what was preached within that system of belief and of course has the right to believe whatever he wants, including believing each and every word of THE BOOK and believing in those of the other scholars. However, we had forgotten the fundamental and empirical fact, that there was no validation from the Creator Himself to justify the claim of another human creation. Somehow, the power of believe and the so-called element FAITH was the essential necessity to provide unity to the system of belief, for in the absence of such faith and belief, the whole system of belief would disintegrate and perish.

    Religion is a complex subject and involves a language game. Those who are convinced by the philosophy of one type of religion would indulge in the learning of the writings from the internal point of view. The essence is, the believers would closed the mind-set to other philosophies and ideologies that could contradict the statements in THE BOOK. At such, that person would be a state of calcification or in a not so good word, indoctrinated. From then, any information that are divergent are considered blasphemous.

    The above is an analytical study and not intended to present or dispute the cognitive understanding of anyone nor intended to influence the belief of anybody.

  5. patrickteoh permalink

    God gave us truth and faith.
    The Devil invented religion.

  6. monsterball permalink

    Patrick Teoh…How true!

  7. Old Fool permalink

    Democracy means that anyone can follow any superstition, even religion. Oh and not follow if they don’t want to.

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