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Christianity: A Better And Pure Religion


Pastor Lazarus Muoka

Pastor Lazarus Muoka

ONE thing that distinguishes Christianity from other religions is not only its doctrine of purity, but also its sophistication and erudition. While all other religions talk about love and care for your neighbours and kin, Christianity goes beyond human comprehension of love and advances it to love and care of even your enemies. This is why others chide Christian faithful and believers are taken for granted. But that is what makes it stand out as the true religion.

Lev. 19:17-18 states, “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD”.

The above is the law as was given to Moses. It says one should not do his neighbour any kind of evil, including harbouring hatred in his heart towards him. But the inference drawn by the Jews from this teaching was that one should only love his neighbour and probably his kin. This, they believed would make them pure and dutifully comply with the law. They supposed that if they loved only their neighbours, they must, of course, hate the other. The entire world believes religious conviction should end at this doctrine of only loving your neighbour.

However, the teaching of Christ jolted the conclusion of the Jews on love and advances the argument for a better and pure religion.

Jesus says, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them, which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Mtt. 5: 43-44).

Here comes the difficulty of Christianity. This is where the challenges lie and this is what distinguishes Christianity from other religions. Those who claim to be Christians must give heed to this teaching. That is why Christ said if any man will come after Him, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Him. The principle of this teaching is the carrying of Cross and following the way of Christ the Master and nothing less.

Praying and being ready to do good unto them that despitefully use and persecute you, which are the highest expressions of enmity, is like doing the impossible. Yet we are commanded to pray and show sincere affection towards them who are our most malicious enemies.

Although we cannot approve their conduct but we must love them. It is impossible to love the conduct of a man that curses and reviles you, and injures your person or property but though you may hate his conduct, and feel deeply that you are affected by it, yet you must wish him well for the Lord has commanded it. We may pity his madness and folly but we must still speak kindly of him, and not return evil for evil. We must aid him in the time of trouble and seek to do him good for this is what we are commanded to do and that is what Christianity is all about. This is the highest possible test of piety, and probably the most difficult of all duties to be performed; yet that is true religion. Beloved, while others render good for good, let us render good for evil for we are not of the world. While they salute only their brethren, let us salute them also. While they kill us, let us love them.

Roms 12: 20-21 says, “Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21: Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good”. So, instead of revenge, render kindness; return courtesies for injuries, affability for affronts. The Lord that commanded us thus has not abandoned us. Yes, so difficult but it is our duty to desire, and press towards perfection in grace and holiness. And therein conform ourselves to the example of our heavenly Father.

  • Clarkorama

    I’m glad we’re picking and choosing from Leviticus today. Here’s another…

    One day a man who had an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father got into a fight with one of the Israelite men. During the fight, this son of an Israelite woman blasphemed the LORD’s name. So the man was brought to Moses for judgment. His mother’s name was Shelomith. She was the daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan. They put the man in custody until the LORD’s will in the matter should become clear. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take the blasphemer outside the camp, and tell all those who heard him to lay their hands on his head. Then let the entire community stone him to death. Say to the people of Israel: Those who blaspheme God will suffer the consequences of their guilt and be punished. Anyone who blasphemes the LORD’s name must be stoned to death by the whole community of Israel. Any Israelite or foreigner among you who blasphemes the LORD’s name will surely die. (Leviticus 24:10-16 NLT)

    But yeah, love your enemy.

    • Sleepy Ape

      Overlooking the obvious sarcasm, this is a good comment/question.

      Leviticus was written in 1512 B.C.E. and covers 1 month of time. Exodus covers a time period between 1657 and 1512 B.C.E. My point is that the Law had already been spelled out before the man made his fateful decision. Note these scriptures:
      (Exodus 20:7) “You must not take up the name of Jehovah your God in a worthless way, for Jehovah will not leave the one unpunished who takes up his name in a worthless way.
      (Exodus 21:17) “And one who calls down evil upon his father and his mother is to be put to death without fail.
      (Exodus 22:28) “You must not call down evil upon God nor curse a chieftain among your people.
      (Leviticus 19:12) And YOU must not swear in my name to a lie, so that you do profane the name of your God. I am Jehovah.
      The man(or at least his parents) had actually witnessed miracles and had no doubts about there being a God Almighty.

  • Sleepy Ape

    Religious doctrines that originated in Babylon, such as the immortality of the soul, hellfire, and the worship of triune gods(the trinity), are shared by virtually all religions, including Christendom.

    • Sharpshooter

      Do yourself a favor and read the book two Babylons. then do your self another favor and read {actually study} bible prophecy as an example for Jesus Christ to fulfill the famous 48 specific prophecy’s the mathematical probability is 19 million time 19 million x 10 to the 157 power. that’s 157 zeros Being properly informed gives you more credibility.

      • Sleepy Ape

        You misunderstood what I wrote. I am an avid reader and believer in the Bible as the word of Jehovah God Almighty. The bible does not teach the three doctrines that I listed. My point(although I did not make it very well) was that Christianity is believed to be made up of many different sects when in reality it is made up of many false religions and there is only one true Christian congregation.

  • louis dubi

    first of all, Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship. there is nothing a person can do on his own to gain GOD’S acceptance.
    we don’t accept Jesus, he calls us to come to him.
    The doctrine of salvation is repentance from dead works and faith towards God.
    in the book of Hebrews chapter 11 the Bible states, now Faith is the substance of things hope for…….
    A good defination of Faith is..
    FAITH is an expectant hope based upon WHOM , you choose to believe.
    In Ephesians 2 the bible states…
    for by grace are you saved thru Faith, it is a gift of God not of works, lest any man boasts.
    Jesus said you must be born again.
    We are reconcilled back to God by the blood of Jesus shed at the cross for remission of all our sins past present and future, to those who will believe and have faith.
    Again the bible says without FAITH, it is impossible to please God. Those who come to Him Must believe that HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

    • Sleepy Ape

      (James 2:14-26) 14 Of what benefit is it, my brothers, if a certain one says he has faith but he does not have works? That faith cannot save him, can it? 15 If a brother or a sister is in a naked state and lacking the food sufficient for the day, 16 yet a certain one of YOU says to them: “Go in peace, keep warm and well fed,” but YOU do not give them the necessities for [their] body, of what benefit is it? 17 Thus, too, faith, if it does not have works, is dead in itself.

      18 Nevertheless, a certain one will say: “You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith apart from the works, and I shall show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe there is one God, do you? You are doing quite well. And yet the demons believe and shudder. 20 But do you care to know, O empty man, that faith apart from works is inactive? 21 Was not Abraham our father declared righteous by works after he had offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 You behold that [his] faith worked along with his works and by [his] works [his] faith was perfected, 23 and the scripture was fulfilled which says: “Abraham put faith in Jehovah, and it was counted to him as righteousness,” and he came to be called “Jehovah’s friend.”

      24 YOU see that a man is to be declared righteous by works, and not by faith alone. 25 In the same manner was not also Ra´hab the harlot declared righteous by works, after she had received the messengers hospitably and sent them out by another way? 26 Indeed, as the body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

      • louis dubi

        Your arguement is valid in my opinion as long as you put the faith before works and here is why I say this.
        The doctrine of salvation is repentance of “dead” works and faith toward God. A dead work is anything we do to gain Gods acceptance.
        In Ephesians 2 : 8-9 it states Faith, Grace ,not of works.etc. . so how do we come to understandand James statemennt?
        My answer is.. We do “good ” works that are acceptable to God once we are saved to say thank you for the gift we didnt earn or deserve.

        This is not my answer in full but a brief explanation of the seemingly contradictory concepts

  • Sharpshooter

    @clarkorame, obviously you’re confused. The tile to this says “Christian” Not Judaism. Back in the day the Jewish authorities had an innocent man killed. And what he said on that cross says it all “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”

    • Sleepy Ape

      He wasn’t referring to Jesus’ death. Read my post below it. It was a time when Israel was Gods cherished people and the mans death was surely justified.