Statesboro, GA, USA
good to see you around again.
does God take pleasure in the forms of religious worship today?
I think that would depend upon how conformable these are to God's revealed truth as expressed in the Bible, and relationally, how conformable to the leading of God's Spirit.
Does he take pleasure in watching the turth about Him, His Son and what his plans for the universe are, being twisted and tainted beyond any recognition?
Of course not. But it's not as if we have been left without guidance textually or relationally (despite what some would say). I think the decry of something being "twisted" presupposes the standard I am speaking of.
Is it necessary to point fingers and deem others unworthy to hear the truth about God? After all " God is not partial..."
No, you're right. No one is unworthy to hear the truth about God. However that is not to say that no one may reject the truth of God upon hearing, or at some later point, taking themselves out of the fold (so to speak). Even Jesus, as inclusive as he was, said not to "cast pearls before swine". Can that statement be abused, and be made the indiscriminate philosophy of a haughty and self-righteous heart? Sure it can. All of God's truth is double-edged and conditional upon grace in the heart. Rope can be used to pull someone out of the mud, or to hang them with.
This is not to say that any specific religion is right and others are wrong
Does this mean that you have no standard by which to judge whether God's words have been "twisted and tainted"? Or are you referring simply to denominational variations of the Revelation as given by God, rather than saying there is no religious truth?
For instance, when a child died, the parents were told that "God wanted a little angel..." is this right? Why not use the scriptures to rightfully point out that "Through one man sin entered the world, and through sin death..." rather than using mans understanding, creating a heathen religion and lying about God's purposes?
But in a sense, BOTH could be right. The Bible speaks of the curse of sin, but also about redemption. All death is somehow related to the sin nature that our first parents entered into. But does that mean there is no mercy, or that God doesn't view dying children with compassion and redemption in mind? The thing is, both of the concepts are true and are expressed in the Bible. It presents a complexity of course, but it is a complexity we can understand because we live with it.
So, what makes religion in anyway in tune with what God said in the bible?
May sound overly simplistic, (but it really is, in theory) but what makes it in tune with what God said in the bible, is whether or not it is in tune with what God said in the Bible. We have propositional truth in the Bible, which, though it may not be as clear as a dotted diagram, is nonetheless open to examination. I think more people fail from a lack of looking with earnestness, tenacity, and humility, than fail from true textual (or spiritual) opacity.
Me included. How Often I'll choose junk food instead of what I know is better for my body. The same is true in spirit.