JESUS promoted respect for God’s Word, the Bible. However, many of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day did not share his respect for God’s Word. Many of the world’s religions, Christian and non-Christian alike, claim to respect the Bible, therefore in the eyes others these religions and their leaders need to be respected.
Jesus condemned the religious leaders of his day for their love of titles and their desire for prominence. He said that those men loved “the first places at suppers and the front seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the market place, and to be called by men ‘Rabbi.” Matthew 23:7
Most people don't even question if that religion is in line with God's standards, because they have been conditioned to accept either what their family believed or what satisfies their need for worship. Jesus stated, "Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do.” (Matthew 7:21,
Since there has always been a relationship between church and state, not church, God and state, there are bound to be consequences. The Bible says, “No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stick to the one and despise the other." Matthew 6:24
The results has been a promotion of things that are against what the Bible says is right from God, the creator's standard. The results, Revelation 18:4 says, "Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.”
The respect and reverence that seems to be given is short lived, and much of it has already started to diminish, as we we see how many of the churches in Europe are now museums.
The Bible tells us that God loved humans so much, that he allowed His son to suffer by the hands of these so called religious and political rulers, to give those who respect and love Him an opportunity to learn about Him and his requirements for approval.
John 3:16, John 17:3.
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