Niceman

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Religion is easy and people like taking the easy route. That is the problem. And it happens for several main reasons, I observed a few,

1. DESIRE TO SHIRK ACCOUNTABILITY.
When you answer to Jesus, you are 100% accountable directly to God and very careful with self examination. But with religion, people assume that the pastor is accountable for them and can know one's status with God in every case, especially if the pastor absolves them of sins in the given denomination. People may replace in their mind their reputation among believers with their actual standing before God. This can lead to scary results. In the end of the day, we are accountable to Jesus. We must be ready to face Jesus at any given time, whether our peers believe we're a good disciple or not so much.

2. DESIRE FOR COMFORT.
People like to get validation and to comfort themselves among other believers, because after all walk isn't easy. This may be right if dosed correctly, the Body is there to support one another. But it can turn into a habit of running to man for advice and opinion all the time, instead of asking God directly, becoming stunted in personal relationship with God.

3. DESIRE FOR RECOGNITION.
One may fall into pride and become focused on presenting self to other believers as some special prophet figure and better than others who were redeemed with blood of the Lamb. They are constantly looking for error in others, instead of being focused on God and seeking to have their own errors ironed out. Often goes hand in hand with doctrine wars.

4. DESIRE TO BE RIGHT.
Presuming that those with the correct teachings are "holier" than those who have less correct teachings. This comes back to personal fears and discomforts because we being men see dimly still, and don't have all questions answered. To negate these insecurities, the person hangs onto doctrine as if it were Christ Himself and tears other believers down, destroying one another. True doctrine does stem from Christ's person, but doctrine isn't Christ. This is also a bad witness to the unbelievers, who misinterpret our faith to be "a set of beliefs", like all other religions.
 
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