Believe God. Or Religion You Choose. We choose daily and from minute to minute. Should I believe God? Or religion (religion being defined as mans attempt to reach God his own way) Religion says: God makes you sick to teach you something. God says: "By Jesus stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (Young's Literal Translation) 24who our sins himself did bear in his body, upon the tree, that to the sins having died, to the righteousness we may live; by whose stripes ye were healed, Religion says: Poverty is good for your spiritual growth. God says: Jesus came that you might have life and that more and more abundantly. John 10:10 (Amplified Bible) 10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows). Religion says: We cannot be perfect (clean, blameless, lacking nothing for completeness) until we get to Heaven God says: Be perfect. Now. Matthew 5:48 (King James Version) 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. That makes me think of the British monarchy. They currently have Queen Elizabeth, but she became Queen because her uncle abdicated the throne. He said he did not want to be king. That is what we do when we listen to the lies of the enemy and follow him, we tell God we don't want to be Princesses in THE KINGDOM and want to settle for being scullery maids in the land of the devils. I finally learned to say I'm not taking it any more, I am a child of the KING of the Universe and my children are His, also! We are going to live our lives as His, after all, He came so we might have life and that more abundant! Abundant life is NOT listening to a man lie about and to me and believing him. When I believe those lies do I pound the nails into Jesus' hands again and again?