I enjoy cooking savory foods, but I love to bake. Recently, while having a quiet moment, I realized that we can contrast various faiths with cooking or baking. Did you know that there is a big difference between cooking savory foods and baking sweet treats?
When baking sweet treats you are required to follow a specific recipe. Whereas, cooking savory dishes you can use your creativity to enhance the dish. You can prepare a savory meal by adding or taking away ingredients for your own personal taste. Baking, however, is so precise that if one doesn’t follow the recipe actually as written, it will alter the outcome of that baked product. Baking requires specific ingredients and measurements in order to achieve the creators original results. Taking away or adding from the original recipe, you take a big chance in the baked products not tasting as intented.
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Personally, I love smelling bake goods, they emit such a sweet aroma. Cooking savory dishes have its own unique smells also, the smells are good but more of a pungent earthly smell. Savory foods are inviting, but not as inviting as the sweet comforting smell of baked cooks coming from an oven.
From these examples of cooking and baking, I came to realize that there are two forms of religions, those that are similar to savory cooking, and those that are similar to baking sweet products. There are religions similar to savory cooking. I noticed that they add to or take away teachings that don’t suit their personal lifestyles or needs. They also organize their faith by figuring out how they want their religion to be by adding or subtracting commandments that they don’t agree with.
I believe Christianity (those who truly follow Christ) is similar to baking. With Christianity you can’t add or take away from God’s prescribed Word if you want be a genuine Christian. A Christian that believes and follows Christ will follow the commandments of God producing a healthy and fruitful lifestyle for God’s Kingdom. Isaiah 40:8 states that “the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” And in Luke 21:33 we read “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
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I also noticed there is a distinct aroma with religious people versus Christian Believers. Religious believers when entering a room tend to have an aroma of arrogance, whereas Christian Believers when entering a room have a sweet aroma that draws you to them. We read in Second Corinthians 2:15-16 “For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?”
The question is which type of person will you be drawn to: the savory cooking type or the baking sweet goods type?
Life is too short to be religious. Having a religious spirit will not and can not promise you eternal life. Religion is following a prescribed manmade program. Religion and religious people are self-serving and judgmental. Religious people were the ones that cried out “crucify Jesus!” Religion and religious people are doomed to hell unless they repent and seek Jesus Christ.
Genuine Christians are promised eternal life with Jesus Christ forever. Christianity is believing in Jesus Christ who died on a horrible Cross for the sins of the world. Christianity is believing that Jesus Christ rose on the third day and is now seated at the right hand of God. Christianity is knowing their is a devil (satan) who hates God and hates mankind and is evil. Christianity is knowing there is a heaven to gain and hell to shun. Christianity is loving and praying others into the Kigndom of God.
Which do you choose? Religion or Christianity?
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