Religion’s Future in View of Its Past

Religion’s Future in View of Its Past

Part 24—Now and Forever—The Eternal Beauties of True Religion
“Religion, if in heav’nly truths attir’d, needs only to be seen to be admired.”—William Cowper, 18th-century English poet

THERE is nothing to be admired about false religion. It has brought humankind 60 centuries of misery and suffering. Its lying, deceptive, treacherous, and hateful ways have made it ugly both in the sight of God and of man. Far from being attired in heavenly truths, false religion is the antithesis of truth and beauty.

Soon God’s executional forces will unceremoniously dump false religion into the pit of eternal extinction. Shortly thereafter, the rest of Satan’s system will follow. But true religion, as well as those who practice it, will live on. What a joy then to see its eternal beauties displayed to a degree we today can scarcely imagine!

What Beauties?

Many are the beauties of true religion. Here are but a few. Why not take time to look up the cited Bible texts that prove these eternal beauties to be Bible-based?

Among the many eternal beauties of true religion are:
▪ It is based on the truth of an infallible God, whose name is Jehovah, upon whom we can unconditionally rely.—Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 55:10, 11.

▪ It is available to everyone with a humble heart, not reserved for only those with superior intelligence.—Matthew 11:25; 1 Corinthians 1:26-28.

▪ It is blind to race, social status, and economic position.—Acts 10:34, 35; 17:24-27.

▪ It offers the well-grounded hope of life in a world of peace and security without sorrow, sickness, misery, and death.—Isaiah 32:18; Revelation 21:3, 4.

▪ It provides a framework within which its members can live as a worldwide loyal brotherhood, united in doctrine, conduct, and spirit.—Psalm 133:1; John 13:35.

▪ It offers everyone—man, woman, and child—an opportunity to share actively in God’s work, filling life with purpose.—1 Corinthians 15:58; Hebrews 13:15, 16.

▪ It warns us of hidden dangers, instructing us how to conduct ourselves so as to be benefited.—Proverbs 4:10-13; Isaiah 48:17, 18.

And why can it be said that these beauties are eternal? Simply because they will last as long as does true religion itself—forever.


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