Is religion still needed? Who practices pure religion?
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. Thiswisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.”
It said that, wherever envy and divisiveness, or factionalism dwells, there alsodwell confusion and all evil works. And this, according to the Bible, is not thewisdom that descended from above. Instead, it is earthly, sensual, and devilish.Therefore, it would mean that, if a group is divided – if there is strife within thegroup, if there is envying, factionalism, and divisiveness – it violates the will of God.I am not here to attack anyone. I am just doing my share in eliminatingfactionalism and differences in feelings. And that is by being united as a manner that is prescribed by God. We have to look for a common point, or a commoninterest, that will bind us together, and not to further divide ourselves. Myobjective is to foster unity. Others only misinterpret me. They thought that Isimply meddle in the affairs of others. They question me why I have to mentionthe beliefs of others.Actually, in this world, there is really nothing wrong in talking about the beliefsof other people. That is not bad. Even our Constitution allows that. We have our freedom of speech; we have our freedom of religion. And when it comes toreligion, there is such a thing as “privileged communication,” especially on radioand on television. It is a form of immunity against libel. You may talk aboutother’s beliefs without being sued for libel. That is, if what you say deals onlywith the beliefs, and not with the person. You are not actually trying to destroythe person, but you are simply telling that what he believes in is not correct. Thatis what we must understand. So, please, do not get us wrong. In the studies thatwe are making, we do not have any ill intention of attacking anyone, if ever weare scrutinizing his beliefs. I am not saying anything bad about any person; I amsimply talking about their beliefs.Just consider the situation in our country today. We have a multi-party system; wehave different ideologies. The government had permitted the communists to become a legal political party. There is also the Liberal Party, and the Nacionalista Party. They all have the freedom to express the ideology that they believe in. What more when it comes to religion! There is no need to seal our mouth to prevent us from proclaiming our belief that the Bible containseverything that is good, although, of course, this might offend others. But that is biblical, nonetheless. It is not bad to compare things if we truly desire to see thetruth. This is what
“Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account.”
According to Solomon, he was
“counting one by one, to find out the account.”
Therefore, we cannot really avoid making comparisons. Before coming up with a