Modern Religion

J. D. Conley
December 1, 2013

Religion in this age is largely man-centered, human-based, and from humanity rather than God. Many reach out for God and seek Him, but they want to recreate God in their own image. They have to make Him more palatable, more to their own liking.

The ancients, we know, made images of "God" - idols to fit their own ideas of what God should be. People are more sophisticated today. Instead of a wood or bronze idol, they cast their idolatry in ideas, in personal philosophies. But these theories are still of their own choosing, and for their own pleasure.

Humanity does not want a God that will mold it and make it into His image - that might be uncomfortable. It might call for sacrifices, humility, obedience.

But true religion must begin outside of ourselves with the true God. It must of necessity bring with it self-discipline. It must encroach on our personal space. God will want one thing, the person something else. That is a conflict. How should one respond to that conflict?

True religion happens when a person bends himself to God's expressed will, instead of to his own self-will. Anything else and the individual is just worshipping himself, and such religion is no better than idolatry. Much modem religion is simply the effort to try to reshape God's religion into man's wishes.

Why not call simply and unconditionally for a recognition of God's authority as expressed in His Word? Jesus said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth...and, lo, I am with you always” (Mt.28:18-20). May each one of us learn to do His will, and not our own.