How to pick the right religion

Picking the right religion for yourself or your family can be a daunting challenge. There are so many religions. Over 40,000 of them, some research says. Probably a good starting point would be to decide what you believe. Then, search for a religion that matches your beliefs.

For instance, are you pro life or pro choice? That’s a biggie in many religions. Do you believe gays and LGBT’s can love Jesus? Should women have to wear dresses to church? Would you seek a religion that baptizes children? Should men wear suits? Or would it be okay in your religion to wear jeans to church? What about a religion that said drinking wine was a sin but supported gay marriage?

Would you want a religion that believes it’s a sin to dance? Or watch R rated movies? Or, heaven forbid, drink alcohol? Or get a divorce? What if a religion made it a requirement to read your Bible at least once a week? Would you seek a religion that believes only its members would go to heaven? Would you like a religion that required its members to serve in one of it’s ministries?

Do you begin to see the real dilemma? What if the religion you settled on was proreligion choice, but required a dress code for all men and women? Or what if the religion you liked was okay to wear jeans to church, but believed all gays were condemned to go to hell? Or what if you favored a religion that believed the Bible is God’s word but preached dancing is a sin? What if you found a religion that encouraged its members to work real hard to achieve victory over sin but didn’t believe in divorce.

How could you reconcile all the conflicting beliefs with your search for the best religion for you?

Actually, that’s a trick question. You can never reconcile any religion’s system of beliefs with yours. If you’re seeking a religion to match your beliefs you’ll never find it. Religion can tell you what you need to do and where you need to go. But it has no answers for how you get there.

Only Jesus can. And only through an intimate personal relationship with Him. And with Jesus, there are no rules. There are no standards of behavior. There’s not even any right or wrong. We have only to accept the gift of salvation Christ has to offer us.

About Steve Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

10 Responses to How to pick the right religion

  1. Organized religion is mans futile attempt to reflect the divine. If god (the divine) is where you are looking he will speak to you.

    • ptl2010 says:

      The Lord Jesus Christ is not promulgating a religion but a personal relationship with you and me. He speaks to us through His Word the Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit and gives us peace this world cannot afford IF we will repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior from the penalty of our sins which is death. May you discover the Savior who loves you and gave His life for you.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    “There are no standards of behavior. There’s not even any right or wrong. We have only to accept the gift of salvation Christ has to offer us.”

    Christ accepts you as you are Once you accept Jesus as your Saviour by faith, He begins to change you to want to live in paths of righteousness by His standards. He changes you from the inside out. Praise God.

  3. Well that’s not entirely true. Jesus does have standards pretty high ones actually. We don’t get to make up our own morality in Christianity. He has told us what us right and wrong and it is all based around love, 1 Cor. 13 love, not the wishy washy thing the world has made lice into. Here’s the thing we can’t attain it for ourselves. So not only does He forgive us when we fail. He helps us grow in t h e areas we are weak.

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