Imagine a World with No Religion

John Lennon wrote what is one of the most famous songs of his generation, Imagine.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

As a child of a huge Beatles fan I found the tune catch, enjoyable to listen to, and often found myself singing along.  As I got older I began to appreciate the sentimentality of the song.  Wouldn’t it be great if we stopped the fighting.  Wouldn’t it be great if we all got along.  But, now I see the song for what it really is.  It is about an anti-God of a song as you can get.  And the sad reality is, with the current issues taking place in this country more and more people are seeing all religion as being the problem.

In Orlando, the most recent of mass shootings, a “religious” man shot up a dance club in the name of his religious beliefs which coincide with what was once called “radical Islamic” beliefs.  Other religious groups have come out proclaiming that God sent that man to that dance club because the inhabitants thereof were homosexuals.  With religious zealots like these, it is no wonder why John Lennon’s words sounded so perfect.  Nothing to kill of die for, and no religion too.

But, what if the issue was not religion, but the wrong kind of religion?  In II Thes. 1:9 Paul wrote, “These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”  (Now this is not meant to be a discussion on hell or whether or not religion is bad because hell is said to exist or even a discussion on who is sent there.)  I want you to focus for a moment on how eternal destruction is described.  It is away from the presence of God.  The same place the bible describes as a place of outer darkness (Matt. 22:13), a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Luke 13:28), a place where the carrion worm does not die and the fire is not quenched (Mark 9:44) and a place of torment night and day (Rev. 14:11).  The God of all peace, the God of all comfort, the God that gives us every spiritual blessing is not known in hell and as a result everything awful exists there.  The more God is removed the worse things get. 

Maybe the reason our world is suffering right now is because we have removed God more and more from our lives.  More and more people are living like there is no tomorrow and they aren’t caring for their fellow man, they are only caring for themselves.  I have imagined all the people living for today and it is a scary place indeed.  The issue is NOT religion it is the wrong kind.  The issue is not God, it is having the wrong impression about who God is, what God expects, and what God wants his people to be.

Imagine there’s a heaven
It’s easy if you try
A hell below us
Above us is a God
Imagine all the people
Loving our fellow man… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s a better country
It isn’t hard to do
A door opened by Jesus
In a loving sacrifice
Imagine all the people
Living as the Christ




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