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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Set Apart

    Holy: “set apart”. Different. Not of this world.

     

    As you read the Bible, you might find that these are heavily recurring themes. God made Adam and Eve different from the animals and plants. God brought Abram out of the land of Ur to be different-to worship Him.

     

    All of the famous Biblical heroes from Moses to Job to Esther to Elijah to Peter were different. Different, set apart, because they loved God. The people of Israel were set apart to be a witness to other nations (Deuteronomy 7:6-8).

     

    They were a tiny nation, prone to being enslaved, and they had no king (at first anyway) because God wanted them to be “different”.

     

    Ancient and modern Christianity is also supposed to be “different” from the rest of world’s religions. In fact, Christianity was never meant to be a “religion” in the first place, but rather a relationship with God.

     

    Phrases like “I have decided to follow Jesus” and “Take up your cross and follow me” (Matt. 16:24) are misunderstood today. We are not meant to merely struggle along, stumbling and attempting in vain to fill the huge footprints of God-we are meant to walk beside Him.

     

    It is to our shame that many who call themselves Christians have little to no true relationship with the Living God. It is to our shame that many who call themselves Christians act no differently (or worse) than those who do not classify themselves as a “Christ Follower”.

     

    It is to our shame that the current trend is to lump all religions and belief systems into one hodge-podge of “unification” and we who call ourselves Christians do nothing.

     

    There are so many ways in which people are being told that Christianity is no different than any other religion or belief system. The truth is Christianity (based on the New Testament “Acts” church), is a very unique concept. Not a religion, not a so-called belief system, a relationship (which is itself unique). 

     

    But don't take my word for it. Read these religions’ holy books for themselves and compare and contrast them. The entire “Tao Te Ching” is shorter than the Bible’s book of Proverbs.

     

    Borrow a copy of the Koran/Q’ran/Quaran and see what it has to say about the treatment of women and infidels (or do a Google search). Just the introduction of the Book of Mormon is very telling. And do one more thing.

     

    Research the lives of the founders of all these religions. In addition to their backgrounds, it is a well-established fact that authors write themselves and their beliefs into their own works.

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