How do you identify the true religion?
The bible and only the Bible explains how we can find those who practice the true religion. It is their fruits, by which they will be recognized.
Matt 7:16 By this they will know, that you are my disciples, if you have got love among yourselves.
Trademarks of a true religion:
- The true religion teaches that, the Bible is the only Holy Book of God, and God is it's author.
- The true religion teaches the truth found in God's word: the Bible. the truth is not based on human ideas, or human concepts.
- The true religion helps people learn about God and His quality of Love.
- The true religion believes in only one God (JHVH), one Son (Jesvs Christ), one Saviour (Jesvs Christ), one Holy word, one Faith, one Church, one Babtism
- The true religion makes people focus on Jesvs Christ as their only true King of kings and Lord of lords. The only redemer for mankind.
- The true religion promotes peace and love. and teaches people to respect others and their differences.
- The true religion does not take up arms to fight another that does not agree with theirs.
- The true religion is not just a good feeling in your heart, it is one of true actions of love toward ones neightbour.
- Members of the true religion practice what they preach
- the true religion is unified in thought and mind, being taught the same truth world world wide.
- members of the true religion are speaking the truth to one another.
- members of the true religion are willing and ready to lay down their live, if it means they can save that of a fellow member.
"a defection or revolt" is the formal disaffiliation from or abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person. One who commits apostasy (or who apostatizes) is known as an apostate. The term apostasy is used to mean renunciation and criticism of, or opposition to, a person's former religion, in a technical sense and without pejorative connotation.
Apostasy is generally not a self-definition: very few former believers call themselves apostates because of the pejorative implications of the term.
Many religious groups punish apostates. Apostates may be shunned by the members of their former religious group or subjected to formal or informal punishment. This may be the official policy of the religious group or may simply be the voluntary action of its members. Certain churches may in certain circumstances excommunicate the apostate, while some religious scriptures demand the death penalty for apostates. (As in the case of izlam, the penalty of apostasy is death.)
In the sociological classifications of religious movements, a cult is a religious or other social group with deviant beliefs and practices. However, whether any particular group's beliefs and practices are sufficiently deviant enough is often based on what is considered "normal" to the comon people of the area, and thus establishing a precise definition based on these criteria is problematic. The English word often carries derogatory connotations and is used selectively by proponents of "mind control" theory.
examples: izlam & scientology fall in this clasification because of mind control.
Faith is confidence or trust in God (or a person, thing, deity, viewpoint, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion.) It can also be defined as belief that is not jet proven, as well as confidence based on some degree of warrant, that things promised will come true. The word faith is often used as a synonym for hope, trust, or belief.
a heretic is a believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by the christian faith or rejects doctrines prescribed by the christian faith. anyone who does not conform to the established attitude, doctrine, or principle of the christian faith.
A sect is a subgroup of a religious, political or philosophical belief system, usually an offshoot of a larger religious group. Although in past it was mostly used to refer to religious groups, it has since expanded and in modern culture can refer to any organization that breaks away from a larger one to follow a different set of rules and principles. The term is occasionally used in a malicious way to suggest the broken-off group follows a more negative path than the original.
The historical usage of the term sect in Christendom has had negative connotations, referring to a group or movement with heretical beliefs or practices that deviate from those of groups considered orthodox.
example: mormons fall in this clasification because they permit poligamy.