It is very difficult to do justice to a heathen religion. The attention is attracted to the ritualistic services - temples, priests, offerings, chants, prayers, processions, symbols, rites. To appreciate properly any strange religion, a man must be a genuine lover of humanity, and an unprejudiced and earnest, a sincere and diligent inquirer. He must be ready to recognize something good in every religion, some pure gold, though perhaps in the midst of much rubbish.
There are those who teach that faith alone is necessary and religion is unimportant. James writes that "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." A religious life is important or unimportant according to the faith. It becomes vain when it is cluttered with religious habit that is not led by the spirit. You can become religious in the repetition of religious acts when it is not necessary. You can become religious about some things without the remotest possiblity of profiting spiritually from them.
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