Last time we imagined “there’s no countries/ It isn’t hard to do/ Nothing to kill or die for/.” Here we will finish the verse – “And no religion too/ Imagine all the people/ Living life in peace…” John Lennon was obviously saying nations and religions divide people and lead to much of the death and destruction in the world. His point is well taken, but his naivete was showing if he really believed erasing borders and dogmas will eliminate the evil in fallen men’s hearts.
John was also missing another very important fact – he himself was religious. How so? Webster’s defines religion as:
1) The service and worship of God.
2) Devotion to a religious faith.
3) Organized system of faith and worship.
4) A cause, principle, or belief held to with faith.
That 4th definition tosses everyone into the basket – does it not? Mr. Lennon and the Tower of Babel faithful with all their utopian beliefs and causes certainly qualify.
Although this blog will be elongated I think we need to touch a bit on the subject of religion. Now I don’t disagree with Webster’s, but I define religion a bit differently. Religion is a man-created, man-centered attempt to either be God or to appease God. If that is an accurate description, do you see where the utopians fit in? Hint: They sure are not trying to appease God, are they? Not on your life. They want His seat. They want to sit right up there on top of their tower and run the world.
With a loud voice the Scriptures point to what should be obvious to everyone – God is God and man is not. “I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.” (Isaiah 44:6) We cannot be God. But religion insists “we can be as God.” (Genesis 3:4)
The appeasers aren’t on the right track either. The Bible assures us that we cannot appease God. “We are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6) Man tries to keep the laws of God and cannot. But religion insists we can clean up enough that God has to accept us.
If the truth be told, God hates religion. He has not called us to have a religion with Him. He has called us to have a relationship with Him. He says through the prophet, Hosea: “I don’t want your sacrifices – I want your love. I don’t want your offerings – I want you to know Me.” (Hosea 6:6 TLB) The Apostle Paul explains “that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)
So, with that said, from a Christian perspective we want to shun “religion”. At the same time by the first three definitions above, Christianity is a part of the religious paradigm. And in most cases the disciples of one worldism have the Christian faith in mind when crying out, “No Religion”! They know that Christians stand for divine authority, absolute truth and moral boundaries. Wherever and whenever the umbrella of Marxism, Communism and Socialism gain a foothold, Christianity is marked, mocked, marginalized and then removed. We are currently in that very process here in America. The secular left is fervently disassembling the three building blocks of this country which we mentioned before in this series – Christianity, the Constitution and Capitalism.
Why do the dreamers dream of “And no religion too?” We answered that previously in the series: “The unique individuals that God made each of us to be must be suppressed and then sacrificed for the whole, for the group. With this comes allegiance not to God, but rather to the State.” Totalitarianism and the Christian faith mix like fire and water. They cannot peacefully coexist. Millions of people whose first loyalty is to God have been enslaved or slaughtered by Tower of Babel tyrants. Millions more will be – all in the name of peace of course.
Okay, so far we’ve “imagined” a world with:
No God of any power or consequence.
No judgment to hold us accountable for our actions.
No check to stop evil intentions and actions.
No religion to mark our moral boundaries and highest standards.
And John Lennon concludes the first two verses with, “Imagine all the people/ Living life in peace.” Yeah right, what we’ve “imagined” so far is a really super-duper recipe for everyone living life in peace. Is this where we’re supposed to laugh…or just cry?
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