1. Introduction

2. How I can be bothered with old-fashioned religion...

3. Aren't all religions basically the same?

4. Where then does one start, if he sincerely seeks to find the Truth?

5. But isn't the Bible the traditional Holy Book of the West?

6. If the God that the Bible tells us of is not like the churches...

7. Where is this God?

8. Is this "Great Spirit of Love" the only spirit that exists?

9.Other Gods

10. Any religious practice is wrong?

11. Is it necessary to suffer in order to please God?

12. How can I save myself?

13. What can I do?

IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH!

--Answers to Many of Life's Most Meaningful Questions! "What is life all about?--What am I here for?
Is there a purpose, a plan for me?--And if so, what is it?"

By D Berg

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Many religions teach that it is necessary for us to suffer in order to truly please and draw close to God.--Is this true?

No!--As we mentioned earlier, God is Love, and He loves you very much and wants you to be happy! This is why He's placed you here in this beautiful World in the first place! He intended for you to enjoy living, and has given you the ability, the senses and the environment to do so. He created you to enjoy the life He's given you, and to love and enjoy Him forever!


But sad to say, a lot of people do not realise that God wants them to be happy. Their concept of religion is like that of the young boy who, while walking home from a religious service that he attended with his strict and ultra-religious grandfather, stopped and spoke to a neighbour's mule. As he stroked the mule's nose he said, "You must be an awfully religious creature, you have such a long, sad face!"


To many, godliness and saintliness are supposed to consist of a denial of all human happiness and general enjoyment of any kind. Some go so far as to believe and teach that any kind of physical pleasure must be sinful or wicked!--And they think that godliness consists of such suffering, pain, self-torture, self-denial and self-crucifixion that you must be in utter misery and agony in order to get close to God! This, thank God, is not the case according to the Bible!


Nevertheless, some poor folks are so obsessed with a fetish for self-denial and self-torture that they actually sit on nails, put skewers through their cheeks, walk barefooted on hot coals, whip themselves and even have themselves nailed to crosses!--

Purposely suffering all kinds of physical torture because they think that the more they suffer, the more "religious," "holy" or close to God they will become!
It's true that there are times when we may need to sacrifice or suffer, but according to God's Word in the Bible, we do not have to do it on purpose, as some kind of means to gain personal merit or favour with God! If we suffer, it's usually because God allows it for some reason, but it's usually a result of our sacrificing and giving of ourselves in order to help others.--Not because we necessarily ask for it or want it or think we are gaining any merit or righteousness by it.

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