Champlain from Battery Park, Burlington, Vermont looking Westward to
What is religion?
is written: "God
is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. ... If
anyone says 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For
anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God,
whom he has not seen. And he has
given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother." -1
John 4:16, 20,21
The Heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard." -Psalms
patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is
not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always
hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." -1
"Do not repay
anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of
everybody." -Romans 12:17
"... In fact,
violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence
multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of
stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Martin
Luther King, Jr.
"Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is
the fulfillment of the law."
Whereas, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, calls his followers
to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9); and Whereas, “We believe war is
incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ.” -United
Methodist Church Book of Discipline 2004, Par. 165.C More:
shown, that rather than serving as a force of peace, “religions have
served to foment (instigate) scores of horrendous and bloody wars,’ and
religious leaders who have ordered their followers, in the name of
religion, to kill indiscriminately,
‘have done so by hijacking and distorting the religions in whose name they
Israel Singer; World Jewish Congress, Report/Fall 2005, page 7
(Photo: Lake Champlain
Sunset by Romona Cole Millington)
ever since the creation of the world His [God's] invisible nature and
attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity have been made
intelligible and clearly discernable in and through the things that have
been made- His handiworks.
So [men] are without excuse- altogether without defense or justification;
Because when they knew and recognized Him as the God, they did not honor and
glorify Him as God, or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile in
their thinking- with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning and stupid
speculations- and their senseless minds were darkened." -Romans 1:20, 21
"This is what God
the Lord says- he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who
spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to
its people, and life to those who walk on it: 'I, the Lord, have
called you in righteousness;'" -Isaiah 42:5, 6
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I [Jesus] will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am
gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
"Now fear the
Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your
forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt and serve the Lord.
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for
yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your
forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in
whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will
serve the LORD." -Joshua 24:14, 15
"For in Christ
Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only
thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."
American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828
n. relij’on. [Fr. Sp religion; It. religione;
L. religio, from religo, to bind anew ; re and
ligo, to bind. This word seems originally to have signified an
oath or vow to the gods, or the obligation of such an oath or vow,
which was held very sacred by the Romans.]
1. Religion, in its most comprehensive sense, includes a belief in
the being and perfections of God, in the revelation of his will to man, in
man’s obligation to obey his commands, in a state of reward and punishment,
and in man’s accountableness to God; and also true godliness or piety to
life, with the practice of all moral duties. It therefore comprehends
theology, as a system of doctrines or principles, as well as practical
piety; for the practice of moral duties without a belief in a divine
lawgiver, and without reference to his will or commands,
is not religion.
2. Religion, as distinct from theology, is godliness or real piety in
practice, consisting in the performance of all known duties to God and our
fellow men, in obedience to divine command, or from love to God and his law.
Religion will attend you—as a
pleasant and useful companion, in every proper place and every temperate
occupation of life.-Buckminster.
3. Religion, as distinct from virtue, or morality, consists in the
performance of the duties we owe directly to God, from a principle of
obedience to his will. Hence we often speak of religion and virtue, as
different branches of one system, or the duties of the first and second
tables of the law.
Let us with caution indulge the
supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.
4. Any system of faith and worship. In this sense, religion
comprehends the belief and worship of pagans and Mohammedans, as well as of
Christians ; any religion consisting in the belief of a superior power or
powers governing the world, and in the worship of such power or powers.
Thus, we speak of the religion of the Turks, of the Hindu's, of the Indians,
&c. as well as of the Christian religion. We speak of
false religion, as well as of true religion.
5. The rites of religion; in the plural. -Milton
Black's Law Dictionary, 6th
Religion. Man’s relation
to Divinity, to reverence, worship, obedience, and submission to
mandates and precepts of supernatural or superior beings. In its
broadest sense includes all forms of belief in the existence of superior
beings exercising power over human beings by volition (the act or power
of willing, choosing, or resolving), imposing rules of conduct, with
future rewards and punishments. Bond uniting man to God, and a virtue
(moral excellence) whose purpose is to render God worship due him as
source of all being and principle of all government of things.
[Nilculnikoff v. Archbishop, etc.
of Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, 142 Misc. 894, 255 N.Y.S. 653,
As used in constitutional
provisions of First Amendment forbidding the “establishment of religion,”
the term means a particular system of faith and worship recognized and
practiced by a particular church, sect, or denomination.
[Reynolds v, U. S., 98 U.S. 145,
149, 25 LEd. 244; Wolman v, Walter, 433 U.S. 229, 97 S.Ct. 2593, 53 L.Ed.2d
714; Roemer, et al. v. Board of Public Works of Md. 426 U.S. 736, 96 S.Ct.
2337, 49 L.Ed.2d 1.]
Religion, offenses against. In old English law, they were enumerated
by Blackstone as including: (1) Apostasy; (2) heresy; (3) reviling the
ordinances of the church; (4) blasphemy; (5) profane swearing; (6)
conjuration or witchcraft; (7) religious imposture; (8) simony; (9)
profanation of the Lord’s day; (10) drunkenness; (11) lewdness. 4 Bl.Comm.
"Then the eleven
disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them
to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
Jesus came to them and said. 'All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and
of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of
the age.'" -Matthew 28:16-20
It is written:
"[Rather,] is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the
of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed
go free, and that you break every [enslaving] yoke? Is it not to
divide your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor
into your house? When you see the naked that you cover him, and that
you hide not yourself from [the needs of] your own flesh and
blood? Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your
healing [your restoration and the power of a new life] shall spring
forth speedily; your righteousness [your justice and your
relationship with God] shall go before you [conducting you to peace
and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
-Isaiah 58:6-8 Amplified Bible
speak louder than words, so keep watch. If you know the difference between a
handshake and a fist, and kind words and unkind words, you can understand
TRUE Christianity... love never fails! Godly men, women, and children
ALWAYS point you back to the Living God Jesus Christ, who always
lives to intercede for us! I say this because cult leaders will
attempt to get us away from the Bible and Christ our Savior, and impose
their authority over the Lord's authority. -Thomas
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people have heard something about Jesus and, truth be told, whatever
they’ve heard or seen has given them
ammunition to form an unpleasant understanding of Him. ... Relationships
matter because they help debunk and break down fears, stereotypes,
caricatures, myths, pain and anger. The answers that will speak to and
deeply engage the dis-churched, overchurched, unchurched and never-gonna-step-
into-church kind of people aren’t buildings, more conferences, more theology
or even more doctrine. While these all have important value and purpose,
something is so simple and profound about the power of human relationships.
-Eugene Cho, Outreach
Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2013
having shot down an enemy plane the thought came:
"Under different circumstances we could have been friends."
-No Parachute: a fighter pilot
in World War I; letters
written in 1917 by Arthur
Look any human being in the face and
eyes and ask yourself, "Who created this person that didn't also create me."
From Break Point with Charles
“The secular elites and a lot of our
neighbors tell us we shouldn’t be imposing our views on others. But until we
recover a sense of absolute moral truth, we’re going to continue to see
scandals… We are foolish if we think we can legislate away the immorality of
human beings. I stand as living proof that the cure comes, not from
statutes, but from the transforming of the human heart- the embracing of a
moral code to which people, by their conscience, bind themselves.
While tough laws may produce some
immediate relief and boosting of public confidence, the only long-term
answer is to take a bracing dose of reality, to recognize that the real
enemy is moral relativism and moral confusion, to embrace once again a solid
code by which conscience can be informed…And then we need to go about the
business of strengthening the conscience of the nation! This will require a
heroic effort- but it is one that Christians are uniquely equipped to
personal signature of Chuck Colson to Tom (Millington);
Justice That Restores
Only when the Cross stands alone, unencumbered with other religions,
philosophies, or political ideologies, does it retain its power." -Hitler's
Cross, Erwin W. Lutzer; page 196
If Muslims and Christians address the same God, how then is
this fact possible "...there is not a single one of the fifty-five
predominately Muslim nations on earth today where Christians are not
-What in the World Is Going On?, Dr. David Jeremiah
Obsession the movie
"The world has achieved
brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of
nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know
about peace, more about killing than we know about living." -General Omar
N. Bradley (U.S., World War II; Born 1893-?)
-History Book Club 2005 Desk Calendar
have long been convinced that our enemies have made it an Object to
eradicate from the minds of the People in general a Sense of true Religion
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"Love worketh no ill to his
neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
-Romans 13:10 KJV
"They shall be put to shame, yes,
confounded, all of them; they who are makers of idols shall go into
confusion together." -Isaiah 45:16
"To the pure [in heart and
conscience] all things are pure, but to the defiled and corrupt and
unbelieving nothing is pure; their very mind and conscience are defiled
and polluted. They profess to know God- to recognize, perceive and be
acquainted with Him- but deny and disown and renounce Him by
what they do; they are detestable and loathsome, unbelieving and
disobedient and disloyal and rebellious, and [they are] unfit
and worthless for good work (deed or enterprise) of any kind."
-Titus 1:16 Amplified Bible
When you where born, what did you inherit?
Religions lead to the same God?
“…religion flourishes in greater purity
without than with the aid of government.”
-James Madison (Twice President of the
"Secularism is unconstitutional
...preferring those who do not believe over those who do believe... It is the
duty* of government to deter no-belief religions ... facilities of
government cannot offend religious principles..." -1973, Abbington v. Schempp,
pp. 21, 71
moral or legal obligation
"To announce that there must be no
criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or
wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile (slavishly submissive), but is
morally treasonable to the American public."-Theodore
Roosevelt, 26 U.S. Pres (1858-1919)
The late Pope John Paul II was
quoted saying, "[he] loathed
'substitute religion.'" -Vermont
Rutland Herald, 4-3-2005
Word of Caution:
The Roman Pontiff claims supreme and universal power over the whole Church (CCC
881, 882); however, Jesus himself is head of His Church through His HolySpirit!
Forced religion or voluntary religion?
Emmanual Felix, lifelong citizen of
Haiti and Lawyer, says," Voodoo is not simply a myth toward which we
[Christians] can remain indifferent. The gods of Voodoo are not simply idols or
harmless gods; they are real beings, intelligent beings, and they lust
after worship and are full of cruelty."
Get his book
Understanding Haitian Voodoo
Law Dictionary 6th Ed.): Any oral or written reproach maliciously cast
upon God, His name, attributes, or religion [Christianity/ doctrines of
Jesus Christ]. In general, blasphemy may be described as consisting in
speaking evil of the Deity with an impious purpose to derogate (detract;
belittle) from the divine majesty, and alienate the minds of others from the
love and reverence of God. It is purposely using words concerning God
calculated and designed to impair and destroy the reverence, respect, and
confidence due Him as the intelligent creator, governor, and judge of the
world. It embraces the idea of detraction, when used towards the Supreme
Being, as "calumny" (false and malicious statement; slander) usually carries
the same idea when applied to an individual. It is A WILLFUL AND MALICIOUS
ATTEMPT TO LESSON MEN'S REVERENCE OF GOD BY DENYING HIS EXISTENCE OR HIS
ATTRIBUTES AS AN INTELLIGENT CREATOR, GOVERNOR, AND JUDGE OF MEN, AND TO
PREVENT THEIR HAVING CONFIDENCE IN HIM AS SUCH. ...In English Law, blasphemy
is the offence of speaking matter relating to God, Jesus Christ, the Bible,
or the Common Prayer, intended to wound the feelings of mankind or to excite
contempt and hatred against the church by law established, or to promote
[Jesus/Yeshua:] "Therefore I
tell you, every sin and blasphemy- that is, every evil, abusive,
injurious speaking or indignity against sacred things- can be forgiven
men, but blasphemy against the (Holy) Spirit shall not and cannot be
forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of man will be
forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Spirit, the Holy One, will not
be forgiven, either in this world and age or in the world and age to
-Matthew 12:31, 32
This photo is a very rare one taken by NASA with the Hubbell telescope. This
kind of event occurs once in 3000 years. This is the picture NASA took called
"The Eye of God."
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