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Faith vs Religion

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Submitted by Michael Snee (United States), May 21, 2005 at 09:49

Thanks for your efforts and attention, Daniel.

I have learned that faith is one thing and religion is another.

Faith is strong belief and a direct connect to God, be it my God or your God. Through faith, God himself can correct us from bad behavior and the influence of the ultimate enemy, Satan (the liar spirit).

Religion however is weak belief, encouraged by Satan (the liar spirt) through false sacredness, limited understanding and misdirected dependance on Earthly things (Bible, Koran, Patriotism, National Interest, War, Retaliation). Through religion, some people adopt these "things" as God and then seek to control God and others through them.

Faith unites. Religion divides.

Truly the kingdom of heaven, on which Jesus spoke, is not of this earth. It is not in the pages of any book or ancient sacred artifact. It is in the heart of the living God, which he shares through faith, and not through any religion.

Michael Snee
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