It is a very serious mistake to oversimplify by saying, "Religion is just about money." Your enemy, Satan, and his demons want you to believe that lie. If they can get you to hold on to that lie, they'll likely get you to hell for eternity.
It is true that televangelists, and radio preachers, and pastors of churches usually provide opportunity for people to donate, but YOU DON'T HAVE TO GIVE.
The fact they would like your financial support doesn't necessarily mean that what they're preaching is lies, however I believe there are some false men of God preaching.
A church I used to go to in Glendale, CA, had its own radio station. The Pastor told about a listener who selected him to listen to, because our pastor was the radio preacher who consistently said the same things.
When you die, Dave, it's only your body that dies. Then, you, the man who had that body as his house, will go either to heaven, or to hell. How do I know? Jesus said so, in the Bible, and Dave, I know that Jesus doesn't tell lies.
Jesus told about two men. One of them was a beggar, named Lazarus. The other was a rich man, at whose gate Lazarus laid, full of sores, hoping to be fed from the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Jesus didn't tell us the rich man's name, but we know he had a name, because Jesus said, "There was a certain rich man..."
Then both men died. Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man's body was buried, and then in hell, the rich man lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. The rich man said, "Father Abraham, send Lazarus, so he can dip his finger in water, and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame."
Jesus said that in hell, there's weeping and gnashing of teeth, where their worms don't die, and where the fire is not quenched."
Abraham answered the rich man, "Son, you know that in your lifetime, you received your good things, and he, evil things, but now he's comforted, and you're tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is this great gulf fixed, so that if anyone wanted to come from here to there, they can't."
Then the formerly rich man said, "Then send him back to earth, for I have five brothers, so that they don't also come to this place of torment."
Abraham answered, "They have Moses (books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy) and the prophets, let them hear them."
The rich man said, "No, Father Abraham, but if someone went back from the dead, they'd believe."
Abraham answered, "If they won't listen to Moses and the prophets, they wouldn't believe even if someone went back from the dead."
Jesus also teaches that most people go to hell, when he says, "Broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat; narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there are who find it."
But I'm one of those who has found salvation, and eternal life, and heaven, by becoming a born again Christian, but to Jews, I try to say, become a Messianic Jew, and accept Jesus the Messiah. It costs you not one penny to become a Messianic Jew, or in other words, a fulfilled Jew.
Judaism used to be the number one religion in the world up until about 2,000 years ago. The Jewish religion, Judaism, correctly teaches that a savior, a messiah would come.
Here is the good news, Dave, your promised Messiah has come, and his name is The Lord Jesus Christ, born of a virgin in the city of Bethlehem, who died for our sins, whom God raised from the dead on the third day.
But then Judaism became the second best religion, because the Jews generally rejected Jesus as their messiah. I think they were expecting that the Messiah would immediately set up a kingdom on earth. But Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this earth." Jesus said the kingdom of God is in your hearts (if you're a Messianic Jew). The number one religion is the Christian religion, or, Messianic Judaism, which includes some Jews and some gentiles.
As a Christian, the Bible says I'm grafted into Israel.
Jesus said in the book of Revelation, "See, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." Open the door, and say with your mouth, Yes to Jesus, Dave.
The Bible says, "All that call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Open your mouth, Dave, and ask Jesus to save you. He will hear from heaven and save you.
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