Religious Pillars – God Looks at the Heart
Can you gain favor with God by fulfilling outward deeds—like following religious pillars? Imagine a secret atheist who observes religious requirements to please his parents. They might be satisfied, but not the all-knowing God. He demands sincerity. A businessman, though outwardly religious, cleverly cheats his clients. He never gets caught, and people praise him for his religiosity. That might pass in society, but not before God. He demands purity. Finally, another man believes in God and carefully observes all the laws, rules, and requirements. His religion constrains him to treat people fairly, which he does. But deep down, the man is proud in heart and feels contempt for others. People praise him, but not God. He demands humility.
With a bit of effort, people can keep religious requirements. But to truly honor God requires far more. Some claim the following five points, principles, or pillars are central to true religion: 1) belief, 2) worship, 3) charitable giving, 4) fasting and 5) pilgrimage. The Bible strongly affirms these five points, but to them it adds some interesting and provocative twists.
Religious Pillars – Five Examples
Here are five examples of religious pillars: