Long ago, a deception was made. A hiding of a simple truth. Documents were destroyed, people were killed to silence them, fear was bred to drive men away from the truth.
Why? So that people who had power could retain that power. So that people who had money could retain that money. So that people in control could keep that control.
So that people who were afraid of the true meaning of Jesus' message wouldn't be the only ones left when everyone else accepted and practiced them.
In the words of Jesus Christ:
"The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20-21 NKJ
But a deception was made, a change in the way the words were understood. People were taught that seeking the kingdom within themselves, seeking the truth, was akin to paganism (and thusly akin to satanism).
People were persecuted for not believing what the orthodox Christian church attempted to put in place. Jesus himself said to the pharisees that only he without sin could cast the first stone, and the early church (and the church today!) goes about casting stones in every direction, as if it believes itself to be without sin.
But who really does this church worship?
Matthew 13:22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God
2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (note that Jehovah wasn't described as an invisible god. He made himself aware and known and had to physically hide his face from Moses on the mount. He walked in the garden with Adam and Eve, his presence on Earth was repeatedly recorded.)
Those who blindly follow where they are taken, listen to the words they are told without comprehension and believe what they are taught are being mislead.
They have been brought to the point of blindly following because they have been conditioned to think that questioning, seeking on your own and exploring all of the other beliefs and possibilities is evil. They speak the words of enlightenment but are blinded from comprehension by fear. If they attempt to comprehend a greater understanding, they frighten themselves by touching something unique, something special, something unknown and foreign, and when that happens they snap back into line, hiding under their fear, convinced if they just say the name Jesus over and over again it will somehow protect them.
If only they knew that they are seeking protection from the truth, and seeking shelter provided by the world... which only hides God from them.
What is really going on here?
Jesus and others in the Bible warned that mankind would be decieved into thinking that they were serving god but in fact serving the world itself... and if you can open your eyes and look around, you can see that many religions are of the world and are serving the world, rather than serving God or even trying to seek him.
Churches of brick and mortar that call for money and call for support and cry out to be trusted and believed and who promise salvation while bonding in slavery are not churches of God. We have been raised and programmed to think that these organizations are here for our benefit, that they want the best for us, that they would not mislead us, that they can be trusted. It is true that they do a lot of good in the world, but they do so while also pushing their agenda - their religion - on the people whom they help. It is not necessarily with malice that any of this happens, most of those who preach and profess these messages believe them just as much as the rest of the congregation.
To be continued...