The Lord Jesus warned His disciples of false prophets (Matt. 7:15). Where these and their teachings are, there are also false religions. Any religion that is opposed to God's Word is false and originates with men, not with the Lord. False religions are Satan's tool to decieve men and lead them to eternal damnation (Prov. 14:12; 2 Thess. 2:9-12). False religions center in man and his fleshly lusts, enabling him to worship according to the desires of his fallen nature rather than the Lord's commandments (John 4:24). Herein lies the broad appeal of all false religions.
False religion, like anything which comes from Satan, enslaves men spiritually; it does not free them, as do the law of God (Ps. 119:45) and true Christianity (John 8:36). Where the truth is (Ps. 119:142; John 17:17), spiritual freedom is experienced (John 8:32). Being free spiritually, men aspire to freedom in all areas —religious, political, economic, and social—of their lives. Where truth is not known, these liberties do not exist, and false religion keeps all of the people who are oppressed under it in religious, political, economic, and social bondage.
All false religions are intolerant of any beliefs which differ from theirs. If any dare to believe something different—especially the truth—false religions will persecute him and all others who share his beliefs. Hinduism and Islam are notable examples of this fact, but secular himanism does the same thing. In the USA no denomination of Christians persecutes other Christians today, but there is a growing intolerance of all Christians on the part of those who advocate a one world government, the acceptance of sodomy, the worship of the earth, abortion, etc. Those who oppose these evils on Biblical grounds are intimidated, isolated, demonized, threatened, discriminated against, and persecuted for their beliefs.
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