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By   •   May 30, 2012

Q:

In my view, religion is just a crutch for weak people. The sooner we forget about God and learn to rely only on ourselves, the better off we'll be. As far as I'm concerned, religion is a fraud. What do you think of that?


A:

My first reaction to your letter, frankly, was one of great sadness, because your mind and heart seem absolutely closed to any other viewpoint. Centuries ago, the Prophet Jeremiah warned the people of his generation about the dangers of having “stubborn and rebellious hearts” (Jeremiah 5:23).

My second reaction to your letter was to ask why you might feel this way. Only you know the answer, of course (or perhaps you don’t; you may never have honestly examined your real motives). Are you rebelling against your parents? Or are you confused by some of the failures you see among so-called Christians (who may not be Christians at all)? Perhaps so, but God is far greater than these.

Or is it something deeper? I suspect it is, and that your real problem is that you simply want to run your own life, and you don’t want God (or anyone else) telling you what to do. But this is a dead-end road, and I urge you not to take it. Jesus warned, “Broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it” (Matthew 7:13).

I challenge you to have an open mind and heart about Jesus. Look at Him as He is found in the Gospels of the New Testament — at His life, His teachings, His death and resurrection. Then be honest about your need of Him — both for this life and the life to come — and by faith become His follower. I’ve never met a person who regretted giving their life to Christ — and neither will you.

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4 Comments

  1. Isaac says:

    King Solomon was one of the wealthiest, smartest,powerful and wisest kings. However, he still needed help from God. Time after time he asked God to help him to be strong. War soldiers faced death and were some of the bravest men who needed God.

  2. kendyl says:

    Hi Eric. Why are you even on this site if you regret ever going to church? Second, if you turned away from Jesus, then you never really knew Him in the first place.

  3. Greg says:

    Jesus Christ DID NOT ask what you thought about other Christians?Jesus Christ [He] asked what you think about him. HIM…

  4. Eric says:

    Hello. When I was younger I was in fact devoted to God and as i grew older I never understood why I needed to be. I regret spending that time in church when I could have been doing something or anything else. Iv regretted it. Now you know one.