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(Acts 17:22 KJV)

Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

The age of the Internet is upon us. It is a place where every person can voice their opinion. It levels the playing field and makes each individual as important as entire organizations. As a result we can find all sorts of ideas about religion.

Like walking through a cafeteria and picking only those things that please us we can create our own religion; customized to meet our emotional requirements. That approach, even in a cafeteria line, doesn't always provide the best results.

There has always been and there will probably always be a struggle between the people of any particular faith and the leaders of that faith. Each of us wants to do what we think or feel is right. Each of us wants our own way.

In Christianity we are taught that we are to have more than a religion. We are to have a personal relationship with our God. All relationships are unique. They are a combination of the people involved. As a result many humans misinterpret the relationship to be unique to them in every aspect.

When Christianity was being formed as an established religious faith Jesus left the apostles in charge. It was their job to 'feed the sheep'. The further we progressed through history the less it seemed there was any centralized organization that had God's true authority.

Most people are aware of the Catholic/Protestant split but not everyone is aware that even the Catholic church is split. There is the Catholic church who's head, the Pope, is in Rome. And there is an orthodox church.

With this much decentralization it is difficult to know who actually has authority. In the United States where religious freedom abounds all one has to do is decide that they have a new religion and then start a church.

Someone can decide that a doorknob is their god and that it possesses the key to eternal life. Who is to say differently? If their new found belief in doorknobs changes their life it must have some power or authority...some would say.

In the Christian realm if we don't like a particular biblical passage or we disagree on its interpretation we simply jet out of our church and join another one. Many of us are still nomads just like Abraham who left his family and country and set out on a quest to find God.

Jesus made it very clear who had authority and what belief we should follow to find eternal life. If he is to be believed there can only be one way that each of us can reach God.

(John 14:6 KJV)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Tim Russ is the Publisher & Editor of Believers Bay Magazine. Believers Bay is published monthly but has an active forum which creates a close community of believers from around the world.

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