Self-defined Religion v. True Religion
A contrast of two worldviews.
Published January 30th, 2017
Main point summary
True "religion" can only be defined by God.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious,
If , someone uses their own definition of being "religious"
and yet does not 1 a bridle his tongue
but they often speak without thought and uncontrollably,
but deceives his own heart,
they don't really know themselves.
this man’s religion is worthless.
Then , this person's definition of religion is worthless and he accomplishes nothing.
Pure and undefiled religion a in the sight of our God and Father is this:
On the other hand : God's definition of true "religion" is this:
to b visit c orphans and widows in their distress,
[How to] caring for those most vulnerable, i.e. orphans and widows in need
and to keep oneself unstained 1 by d the world.
and following God's commandments, not the world's compromises.
These two verses are a contrast of two different worldviews. On the one hand, an individual's self-defined religion. which is really no religion at all because he acts in an uncontrolled manner, without really thinking about the consequences, either to himself or to others is worthless. The reason it is worthless is because it doesn't really express what is in the person's heart. On the other hand, God's definition of true religion always results in the benefit of others, especially those who are most in need and is accomplished by a person who is committed to living a in a self-controlled manner that would please God, which in the end is really the only thing that really matters.