May 13, 2017

True religion is clear

In religion, men appear naturally fond of the difficult and obscure; perhaps, because there they find escape from the disquieting light of clearly revealed truth. (John L. Dagg, Manual of Theology, p. iv-v)

The truth about God isn’t found in fluffy mysticism. It’s not some esoteric knowledge. God has written plain words for us to read, that we may know Him and know what He requires. There is enough to master in what He has given us that we don’t need to go looking beyond that. Yet, as Dr. Dagg points out, we often want to look for the obscure and esoteric as a way of avoiding what we already know. True religion is not found in claiming blessings or speaking in tongues. Rather, “religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27).

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