Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.” (Matthew 2:8)
These were the words spoken by Herod to the wise men. They look very sincere and genuine but in reality they were just a cover for an evil plan.
He didn’t want to worship Jesus but to kill him. He covered his wickedness with a cloak of religion.
Often people say to me, I don’t like religion, religion causes wars, the world would be better off without religion etc
And they are very surprised when I tell them I can’t stand religion myself!
There is a massive difference between having religion and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Religion in that context is about the outside, appearances. But really knowing God goes deeper than that. It’s about the heart.
People hide behind religion and use it as a cover for all manner of wrongdoing.
Religion binds us but relationship with Jesus sets us free!