Question: How do I know if I'm being really religious?

    There's a simple test isn't there? It says, ``True religion, pure and undefiled before the Lord, the Father, is to keep oneself unspotted from the world and to aid the widows and orphans in their times of tribulations.'' If you're doing that, then you're being religious. If you're not, then you're not being religious.
    What's tough about that question? Its the simplest thing in the world. If you're working constantly at not being spotted by the things of this world and you offer aid to widows and orphans, only, I might add, in their times of trial and tribulation, it doesn't say to just go around doing things for people. It says under very specific circumstances, isn't that right?
    If I'm doing those things, then I'm being religious. If I'm not, then I'm doing something else and calling it religious. Since the questioner is a Christian, that just shows a Christian who hasn't studied their own textbook very well, doesn't it?

    Mn-hm.

    It says very clearly what religion is. It doesn't say its anything else. It says, ``pure and undefiled before the Father,'' this is what it is.
    Now, I've met very few people in my life who are working to keep themselves unspotted from the world. In fact, most everybody I've met -- it doesn't look like they're kinda' spotted from the world -- they look they're dyed! Isn't that about right? They don't look like a little bit of paint splattered on them, they look like they fell in the can!
    So, I don't know too many people who are doing the first thing that religion is. And I bet that person wouldn't even consider spending some of their time and energy aiding somebody in their time of trial and tribulation unless they call them ``friend'' or its part of some group effort. Isn't that right? Unless they think, in other words, they can get something for it. They don't do it because its to be religious, they do it because they'll get something from it -- they'll keep their friend or be admired by others and feel good because they helped out their friend and so on and so on...
    Very simple test. Of course to understand what those words really mean, instead of just the obvious meaning of them, they make it a much more difficult test. But if you can't even live up to the obvious meaning of them, then I doubt if you can live up to the inner meaning of them. Try doing the outer meaning and see if you can live up to that. If you can do that, then maybe we can talk about what those words really mean. Because they do mean the outer thing, too.

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