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 pro 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.