VERSE EXPLANATION: Matthew 13:24
Pamela Ayn Austen
Why There Are Many Religions
MATTHEW 13:24-30 & 37-43
24. Jesus put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25. But while everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and slipped away.
26. When the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. 27. The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did these weeds come from?' 28. 'An enemy has done this,' he replied. So the servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?' 29. 'No,' he said, 'for if you pull the weeds now, you might uproot the wheat with them. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them into bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat into my barn."'"
37. Jesus said, "The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39. and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40. As the weeds are collected and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom every cause of sin and all who practice lawlessness. 42. And they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father."
There is an old, simple fable that illustrates why the world contains so many religions, and it goes something like this:
A boy was in the forest when he spied a Leprechaun. Legend had it that if you could grasp a Leprechaun in your hands and hold him, then he had to grant you three wishes. The boy snuck up, grabbed, and held him. The Leprechaun agreed to give him three wishes.
The boy first asked the Leprechaun to show him where he buried his pot of gold, and the Leprechaun took him to a tree deep in the woods and told the boy it was buried under the roots of the tree. The boy asked him for a yellow ribbon, so the Leprechaun pulled a bright yellow ribbon from his pocket and gave it to him, and the boy tied the ribbon around the tree. Then, the boy asked the Leprechaun to promise that he would not remove the ribbon or the treasure while the boy ran home to get a pick and shovel, and the Leprechaun granted his third wish. The boy let him go and ran home.
When the boy returned to the forest, every tree had a yellow ribbon tied around it, and he could never again discern which tree was the one that hid the treasure.
That has been Satan's scheme since the Tower of Babel. He could not un-do God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, so he created so many religions, and clubs and secret-societies like the Jesuits and Freemasons, that in time, he pulled billions of people into false religions and false beliefs, so that they lived and perished without the Lord. Jesus said to the Jewish leaders of his day: "You don't enter the kingdom of God for yourselves, and those who want to enter, you prevent them." Matthew 23:13
Furthermore, Satan has worked hard to get people to always be lumping Christianity and Jesus into one huge pot, so that Jesus appears as every other religion. Have you ever seen the bumper sticker that spells "Coexist" while using seven religious symbols, with the cross placed as merely one of them. This is an example of how Satan makes Christianity appear equal to all other religions, and this is how he deceives the entire world. How can they find the treasure, the salvation of their souls, if they believe there are many paths to God besides through Jesus, as Oprah Winfrey espouses. (article) Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father but by me," John 14:6 and "Unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins." John 8:24
Today, the Pope of Catholicism is working around the globe to connect all the religions into one huge one-world-religion, because the Pope is a wicked deceiver, and Catholicism is the Great Harlot spoken of in Revelations. It's called a whore because the Catholic religion has fully turned its back on God, and played the harlot with many different idols and false gods, and this is nothing new; it has always been their way. It is not God's "bride"; it prostitutes itself with the world, and it has murdered true believers in Jesus. The Inquisition and the Crusades were NOT accomplished by Christians, but by Catholics; and Christians were being murdered by the millions, just like Catholics helped Hitler murder Jews by the millions. Catholicism is a lying monster that Satan has used to give true Christians a bad name; but sadly, it's just one of the monsters that are joining forces today to do exactly that and I won't even get started on TV evangelists who claim to be Protestants but are lying devils, scamming people for money while working under the colors of Christianity. There are thousands more of Satan's false religious workers, all over the world, in every country. Atheism is also one, because it is the Religion of Dissembling Warfare against Jesus.
All of the religions except Christianity are merely the demonic Leprechaun, called Lucifer and Satan, tying yellow ribbons around all of the trees, so that he can hide the true treasure, which is the salvation of the soul through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus.