Why So Many Religions?
The path between religions and doctrines are wide open, each Denomination interprets the scriptures and come up with the various flavors of Christianity today. According to Wikipedia there are an estimated 38,000 Denominations in the world today that claim the name of Christian, 12,000 in the United States alone.
The path is wide open and we are free to build our own version of believe system and call it the truth. My friend let God speak to you one on one through His word and not second hand through someone else regardless of how honorable and trust worthy you feel that they are.
The truth is God is perfect, Man is imperfect.
Take all the man made opinions and doctrines, you know the ones that you have been taught all your life, set them aside mentally and let God speak to you one on one. Don't read God's word through the doctrines and traditional teachings, "Religion is man made" therefore all Religion is imperfect and corrupt, some more than others, but all Religions are corrupt to some degree.
New Age belief systems have crept into Christianity from every angle and has made it corrupt in many ways but always using deception and secrecy as it undermines the fundamental foundation of true Christianity. Don't limit God by looking at Him through human eyes, following these humanistic beliefs and traditions.
Here are some personal examples of Religion: I was never comfortable with the Trinity Doctrine, the three person "Great Mystery" thing just didn't work for me even before I studied God's word for myself. I have Catholic and Protestant friends who firmly believe that if I don't believe the Trinity doctrine, I can't be saved.
The word Trinity isn't mentioned in the bible one time
thought up by the Latin/Greek theologian Tertullian born in circa 150 AD, who later in life converted to Montanism (Monarchian Modelist). Then trinitarianism was embraced by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD and established by the early Catholic Church.
I have Pentecostal friends who believe that if I am not baptized in the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues, I can't be saved. I have found that people can psychoanalyze the KJV version of the bible into being whatever they want it to be, and they do. I have family members who are strict 1611 King James version Adventist and they tell me that if I say "I Love Jesus" and don't worship on the Sabbath "I'm a Liar" and the truth is not in me and with the same breath proclaiming 2 God's, God the Greater and God the lesser.
I've been in contact with King James Only believers who considered me a wolf in sheep's clothing for quoting the NKJ version during a radio broadcast 6 or 8 years prior to the conversation. Actually if you read the King James version of the bible you do well because it is God's inspired word in English form but not the only inspired English version and to say the the KJV is the only source of salvation well, I'm sure glad God knows my heart.
Personally I enjoy reading the standardized Geneva bible
yes God's inspired word did exist before King James. Unfortunately God's inspiration has been watered down since then through the newer versions. As a matter of fact modern versions point you away from the true God and guide you to another Jesus, the God of the New Age, Emergent, Emerging church etc.
Yes the translations of the past 100+ years have been greatly influenced by other religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and the Rosicrucian philosophy. Francis Bacon and various secret societies such as Freemasonry have done much to transform the Christian belief system in preparation for the new Atlantean Age of Enlightenment and Illumination. Most all Christian religions are drawn from the same source "none" of them are the source.
The earlier inspired versions of the bible are the true source and you can go directly to that source without Religion. When God truly speaks to you one on one the religious path that you have been walking on is cut off at your heals and you simply cannot go back to and believe the teachings of man because the truth will change you from the inside out and man made doctrine will no longer work for you.
The grocery store shelves where you have been shopping will be filled with a stench of New Age traditions and doctrines made by man instead of a personal relationship with God and you will find yourself needing more. That is when God can move in your life.
When you follow Doctrines it's easy to look at God through the human minds-eye
and include our human limitations, thoughts, and frailties to how we see Him, but when you grasp the knowledge of who God really is you can see that Gods way's are not our ways.
God is not limited by time or space as we are. God's word (the Inspired Word) is true from cover to cover, but the bible is not all that God is. The Bible was inspired by God, written by man, for man. The Bible is just the smallest fraction a "Taste" if you will of the wonderful wonders, mysteries, and knowledge of God.
Pick up Gods word and ask God to speak to you without limitations and allow Him to expand your mind past those doctrines and teachings that keep Him in a box. Pray and ask God to speak to you one on one, once you know the truth about who God is you won't want to trade His truth for doctrines and traditions that are made by man.
Romans 3:4 says: "Let God be True, and every Man a Liar." Jesus is the Truth and the Truth will set you free, there is simply none like Him, no not one, Jesus is what you need in your life, follow Him.
Ok, enough about Religion - Let's move on to Who God is...