god created all of us. he has no favorite religion. professing christians have the perfect opportunity of the ideal example set before them. that does not mean that others are left out. jesus taught just the opposite. he calls to all and tells them the good news that their sins are forgiven. there is nothing they have to do to receive that part.
i know exactly what youre talking about. to me, they are superstitious beliefs that turn the word of god into a book of magic incantations. they dont DO anything. they are lip service.
That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
4Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
13Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
14Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
15Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
16Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
17Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
18And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
19The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:
21That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
22Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.
23But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.
24They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
now really. do you think that god is a respecter of persons in any of these things? are there special groups who are included? or special groups who are exempt? i dont think so.
if you get into some "name of jesus" arguement, it just doesnt hold water. the jehovahs witnesses have already tried this. its actually silly, quite frankly. god doesnt even have a name. he doesnt need one. he is totally unique and the creator of all. are you going to mistake him for someone else? god looks on the heart. if someone comes to me and says their god wants all to do a nightly dance and chant, i know they are not talking about the one true god. if they tell me their god wants them to love everyone, even their enemies, then i know they are in communication with the one true god, regardless of the name they use for him.
people think following jesus is about being a fan of his, like one follows jim carey's work. nope, its all about being like him. imitation is the sincerest form of worship.