The list of things that God hates (below) is borrowed from ‘Meredith’s Book of Bible Lists.’ I looked through it and I can’t find anywhere where God says that He hates, abhors, or considers the Christian religion to be an abomination. What the list does reveal is that God hates false religions that lead men to their destruction, man-made components added to the Christian religion, and religious hypocrisy (e.g., Christians who preach one thing, but then continue to do sinful things).
Jesus doesn’t hate religion, nor did He come to abolish it. That notion can’t be found anywhere in God’s Word. To suggest otherwise is to add words to the Bible (a practice God despises). To say Jesus hates religion and He came to abolish it is a lie. God hates lying.
Here’s what God hates according to the Bible.
1. Homosexual acts (Leviticus 18:22).
2. Bestiality (Leviticus 18:23)
3. Idols, and the materials used to make idols (Deuteronomy 7:25)
4. Blemished sacrifices (Deuteronomy 17:1)
5. Worshipping the sun, moon or stars (Deuteronomy 17:3-4)
6. Divination (Deuteronomy 18:10)
7. Astrology (Deuteronomy 18:10)
8. Enchanters (Deuteronomy 18:10)
9. Witches (Deuteronomy 18:10)
10. Charmers (Deuteronomy 18:11)
11. Wizards (Deuteronomy 18:11)
12. Necromancers (Deuteronomy 18:11)
13. Transvestitism (Deuteronomy 22:5)
14. The hire of a whore (Deuteronomy 23:18)
15. Remarriage to a former wife after she has been married to another man (Deuteronomy 24:4)
16. Dishonest scales (Deuteronomy 25:13-16)
17. Workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5)
18. The wicked (Psalm 11:5)
19. Those who love violence (Psalm 11:5)
20. The froward [perverse] (Proverbs 3:32)
21. A proud look (Proverbs 6:16-17)
22. A lying tongue (Proverbs 6:17)
23. Hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17)
24. A heart that devises wicked imaginations (Proverbs 6:18)
25. Feet that are swift in running to mischief (Proverbs 6:18)
26. A false witness who speaks lies (Proverbs 6:19)
27. Anyone who sows discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:19)
28. Lying lips (Proverbs 12:22)
29. The sacrifices of the wicked (Proverbs 15:8)
30. The ways of the wicked (Proverbs 15:9)
31. The thoughts of the wicked (Proverbs 15:26)
32. The proud in heart (Proverbs 16:5)
33. Those who justify the wicked (Proverbs 17:15)
34. Those who condemn the just (Proverbs 17:15)
35. Vain sacrifices (Isaiah 1:13)
36. Feasts as Israel celebrated them (Isaiah 1:14)
37. Robbery for burnt offering (Isaiah 61:8)
38. Idolatry (Jeremiah 44:2-4)
39. Evil plans against neighbors (Zechariah 8:17)
40. False oaths (Zechariah 8:17)
42. Divorce (Malachi 2:14-16)
44. Sacred pillars (Deuteronomy 16:22).
45. “I hate, I despise, your feast days” (Amos 5:21).
46. “Your new moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates.” ( Isaiah 1:14)
What is the Christian Religion?
Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines religion this way:
Religion, in its most comprehensive sense, includes a belief in the being and perfections of God, in the revelation of his will to man, in man’s obligation to obey his commands, in a state of reward and punishment, and in man’s accountableness to God; and also true godliness or piety of life, with the practice of all moral duties…Religion…is godliness or real piety in practice, consisting in the performance of all known duties to God and our fellow men, in obedience to divine command, or from love to God and his law.
I have gone through that definition word by word and I cannot find anything that God said He hates or would desire to abolish. What I like about the definition is that it points out that the Christian religion is in obedience to God’s commands, implying the components of our faith are not man-made. So if you’re in a church that says you must do works to be saved, or you must attend that denomination to get to Heaven, or you must recite these words to Mary ten times, your religion has man-made parts that need to be rejected.
God’s Mandates for Religion
As we already pointed out, people do not have to do works in order to earn their salvation. The Bible tells us that it’s by faith we are saved. ‘For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation.’ (2 Corinthians 7-10) Jesus finished all the work at the cross. In love and gratitude, we willing submit ourselves to the only One who could have saved us. It is our desire to obey, not because some cleric said we had to, but because we desire to; it blesses our Lord and Savior. Therefore, we utilize the components of the Christian religion that God has established — they serve to bring us closer to Jesus and to equip us for ministry.
What are some of those religious, God-given elements we practice?
Praying, reading our Bibles, meditating on His word, going to church, fellowship with other believers, communion, worship, baptism, and marriage, are a few that top my list.
Here are a few others:
Keeping God’s word (John 14:23 )
Feeding God’s sheep (John 21:15-17 )
Heal the sick (Matthew 10:8)
Teaching (Matthew 28:20)
Preaching repentance and remission of sins (Luke 24:46-47 )
Preaching the gospel (Mark 16:15)
Doing good to those who hate you (Luke 6:27-28)
Not being hypocrites (Luke 12:1)
Giving (Matthew 5:42)
Loving God (Mark 12:30)
Loving one another (John 13:35)
Not being deceived (Mark 13:5-6 )
Being ready in season and out (2 Timothy 4:2)
Making disciples (Matthew 28:19)
Letting our light shine (Matthew 5:16)
And there are plenty more.
…Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:1-6
There is a bottom line here. While I might call the adherence to God’s mandates religion, you might call them your steps of faith. Someone else might call them the elements of their relationship. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we’ve committed our lives to Jesus Christ and that we’re submitted to His authority…because we want to, not because we have to.
What’s not okay is for one Christian to suggest or imply that another Christian is not saved because they’re not using the same vocabulary as them. It’s really quite arrogant for someone to think we should remove a perfectly good word, a word that they have misunderstood, misapplied, or perhaps were even mistaught, from our vocabulary. Frankly, that practice wreaks of the kind of man-made dogma that God hates. So if you want to say that Christianity isn’t a religion, but a relationship, that’s fine. If I want to say I practice the components of my religion religiously, that’s fine too. But let neither one of us ever say the other is wrong based solely on semantics.
- What are your thoughts?
- How did God speak to you?
- What is your prayer?
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