No religion comes from God. Every religion is human-made, and we create our religions based on our own needs to feel comforted, to feel empowered, and most of all to feel safe and loved. We build into our religions our self-designed gods that we tailor entirely to suit ourselves, and none of our gods is anything like the genuine Creator God that Jesus tells us is perfectly loving Spirit. So everything about the clergy of Jesus’s day really got on His nerves!
For example, He said, “Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation” (MK 12:38-40). And He said, “Why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?… You hypocrites! Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men’” (MT 15:3-9). And He even said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one convert; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (MT 23:15).
Rather than listen to any of the clergymen of His day, Jesus told us that it was time for each of us to learn to relate to the genuine God, which is Spirit, individually and privately. He said, “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full! But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you” (MT 6:4-6).
Please read those two paragraphs again. Jesus told us when He walked the earth that it was time to throw away all our religions, and to learn to relate to the genuine God, which is Spirit, both individually and privately. But why would Jesus want to abolish all our religions? Here are three primary reasons why:
God is in each of us right now! The abolition of all religions because they are all human-created, fear-based, and not related to the genuine God was supposed to have happened two thousand years ago, and under Jesus’s gentle guidance. And then of course that did begin to happen, when for three hundred years the spiritual Way of Jesus took hold around the Mediterranean Sea. But Roman Christianity broke in when Constantine established the Roman Christian religion in 325 CE. And while that human-created Christianity is now fading at last, there remains our false sense that the genuine God of infinite love, and Jesus as God’s messenger, are now in some way tethered to Constantine’s religion. So Jesus and the genuine God must be set free from the human-made religion that remains in our minds.
It is likely to take a while for our minds to sort Jesus and God as infinitely loving Spirit back out from Constantine’s Roman Christianity. It will take time for us to re-learn the fact from Jesus that He and God are not just a subset of some religion or other. But instead, the genuine God that Jesus first introduced to us is all that there is and was and ever will be! God is the water in which we swim and the very air we breathe. God is the source of infinite love, safely deep within and empowering each of us. When you look the deepest within yourself that you can possibly look, you will find that God is already there. As Jesus says to us, both today and forevermore: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, it will be opened” (MT 7:7-8).