Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


LOVE ONLY GOD COMMAND - the shema in an evangelical context
 
Many evangelicals teach that Christ’s doctrine of exclusive love for God implies that salvation is by faith alone, “Everything we do is sinful because we cannot love God alone. Only God’s grace can enable us to and we cannot have it unless we accept the payment Jesus made to God to atone for our sins and earn salvation for us. This tells us that unless we see that we can do nothing to be saved and that faith that saves is a gift from God and that Jesus deserved salvation for us we cannot be saved. We have to understand how sinful we are before we can sincerely come to Jesus for the free salvation he offers. Roman Catholics believe that venial sin does not stop you from being right with God and destined for Heaven so this theology blocks you from properly accepting the salvation won by Jesus.”
 
And “There can be no salvation for anybody that does not believe in God or in the commandments of Jesus Christ.”
 
And “When we accept Jesus as saviour and ask him to help us do good works and to save us from sin we are not really doing this unless we understand that the Bible is the literal word of God and commands that we love God alone in the strict sense and that is why everything we do is sinful and no good deed can earn any reward from God. These truths are necessary for the faith that is necessary for salvation.”
 
And “Anybody who does not believe in the Bible, in loving God alone, that people are useless when it comes to genuine good and that Jesus earned salvation vicariously for us is an enemy of right and wrong and cannot be saved for they cannot see what they have to be saved from.”
 
And “Right and wrong cannot be based on human philosophy. The Roman Catholic Church and any other Church that employs moral philosophy is doing great harm to the faith by implying that we can know what is right and wrong without God. If God who is goodness itself commands us never to kill babies that means we believe goodness itself that cannot be changed makes this command. But if we judge for ourselves without God that it is wrong to kill babies this is just our opinion. If somebody says that the more babies you kill the better for it curbs world population then you have nothing credible to say in reply. Nobody deserves praise for doing what they think is right for thinking is dangerous and could go one way or another. If we judge for ourselves we believe that it was unjust for Jesus to pay the price for our sins for he was innocent. If we judge for ourselves we will believe that nothing justifies hurting a child which insults the Lord who has made fatal viruses that children are not immune to. We need to have faith that God is looking after the world and in him to really believe in being righteous. Only the good works of the true Christian deserve praise. Unless you believe that loving God alone counts, and unless you believe you cannot fulfil this law to any degree, and unless you realise that the only solution is for Jesus to love God for you in your place you cannot be saved and you do not have anything that deserves to be called morality. Christianity, when expressed through evangelical (faith alone) theology, alone is true morality. To pray for the success of other faiths, to give them money is to promote evil and hypocrisy. Good is not good unless you really and truly believe in it and you cannot do that without the true gospel of Jesus the Christ.”
 
The reason we need to think about what they are saying is that the commandment does imply that faith alone salvation is true. This means that since you can be saved once and for all because it is the only way for you always sin you can commit murder and still go to Heaven even if you die unrepentant. What this leads to is not morality but evil. No matter what evangelicals say about Jesus paying for our sins and bearing their punishment this is still in practice rewarding the sinner for sinning. It is evil to embrace such a faith for anything that disrespects the human right to life is to be condemned.