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Today's Creation Moment

Fast Water, Quick Canyons
Genesis 8:3a
"And the waters returned from off the earth continually..."
Visitors to the Grand Canyon will recall the Park Rangers saying that it took millions of years for water to carve out the Canyon. We have looked at examples of rapid canyon formation in previous...

Knowing the Religions of Our Times

Deuteronomy 12:8
"Ye shall not do after all [the things] that we do here this day, every man whatsoever [is] right in his own eyes."

What is a religion? You might be tempted to answer that it is any kind of belief about a god or some gods. However, that's not complete enough to cover all religions. There are many old religions – not to mention the new ones – that don't believe in any gods at all in the traditional sense!

Knowing ReligionsSome religions even claim to be nonreligious because they reject any idea of God. Did you know that the United States Supreme Court has recognized the beliefs of Secular Humanism as a religious expression covered under the constitution's protection of religion? All of which is to say there are many religions around today, some of which we forget are religions. And some pretend they are not religions.

If we do not see ourselves as creatures, we cannot recognize the Creator. If human beings don't recognize the Creator, they are destined to try to take His place. If His values are not central in our lives, our own values will rule. If His definition of who and what we are is not part of our lives, we will make up our own definitions.

This is exactly what many are doing today. There is no shortage of religious leaders to encourage them, no matter how outrageous their beliefs. As faithful children of our Creator, we need to understand the religions of our day. We need to know what people believe so that we can show them how Jesus Christ answers their questions better than some guru or popular writer. The Great Commission gives each Christian the need to know the religions of those with whom we come into contact.

Father in heaven, I thank You that You have made us religious creatures. Teach me how to use this in telling those around me about Your revealed truth and love for them in Jesus Christ. Amen.