First off this is my opinion on how I see things happening, and it is based upon what I've lived and observed as well as studied and discussed with people in the past and present. That includes my grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, in laws, children, grandchildren, as well as friends and those who are not friends. It includes studies of history and The Bible, as well as some military and political history. I realize my beliefs offend some people, well some peoples beliefs offend me as well. Isn't it great we live in America with the right to discuss our beliefs without being silenced by the government ??
Sadly I think with all the commotion going on about "christianity" instead of Christ based Christianity people are thinking in a legalistic and law based religious experience. Like the law of Moses which was given to the Jews so they could follow the Law of God. They found out they could not keep His Law, because in order to do so requires a perfection man is not able to acheive in his flesh. Does that mean the Jews are evil ?? Not at all, it means they are human just like us.
The law given to Moses was not to perfect the Jews it was to show them they could not be acceptable by the law and needed forgiveness just like everyone else does. Thus they had the sin offerings, the sacrifices of animals and the spilling of blood to cover their sins, the scape goat which was sprinkled with blood then sent off never to be seen again- a picture of one who took the sins of the people, but who was not guilty of the sins itself- . But the sins were covered based upon the faith in Gods promise that they would be forgiven if they did the things He said to do and believed in Him to be faithful to His word. It was a picture of the Lamb of God Who was to come in the future as God promised to Abraham when Abaraham was faithful to believe in God to the point of being willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac. God stopped Abraham and said He would provide the sacrifice-paraphrased-. Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of that promise to Abraham.
Now a lot of people don't see that or don't believe it. That is their right. But without that understanding of what God said and God did how can you understand that God doesn't want mans religion as man practices it ??
There are people in this world who know man seeks to be delivered from the ways of the world, some are of God and some are not. Through out history we have seen the ones who are not become tyrants, but they usually have one thing in common. They try to use "God" or religion as a way to control people for their benefit. Look at Hitler, he claimed he was leading the people in God's way and yet wanted to destroy the Jews. Why because Hitler did not want God's rule, he wanted to rule. Remember God's chosen people are the Jews, so those who want to destroy them are not for God's Way they are for the enemies way.
Look at the "religion" that is trying to be passed off as Christianity by so many today. The politicians have been trying to destroy the understanding of Christianity to make it seem as hatred. When in reality the hatred is in them. It is a hatred of His Truth, and they try in very subtle ways to make conservatism, or liberalism their brand of "christianity", or they try to blend all the religions and create a hodge podge of a make your own brand of religion, throw in a little of this, take that out, make this up, deny that part, ... and pretty soon you have a brand of religion that is just political no matter which party you support.
I've seen it with the liberals who claim a form of "christianity" where grace equals the allowance of sin because to them sin is something that other people have made up in order to control them. I've seen it in the conservatives who think that their sin is acceptable because they believe Jesus Christ is a conservative like them and so their sins are not sins, it is just that people don't understand they are right and everyone else is wrong.
The divisiveness is what we were warned about, and the politicians are being used even if they do not realize it. Look at the political leaders world wide and ask yourself a question. Why have the leaders of the world become so politically inept and religiously deceitful ??
I have to go to work now. Hope this gets some people to ask themselves and others some questions.