The reason I ask this question is because there are millions and millions and millions of people out there, both secular and 'Christian', who do. They do think that to live the Christian life you have to live your life to a set of ethical and moralistic ideals. Now are they right to believe this, or are they just plain deceived? Just plain deceived is the answer to that question, and all of them, both secular and 'Christian' alike. In fairness, though, the secular element is deceived only, but the so called Christian element is deluded as well. Is there a difference? Oh yes, most definitely.
How are they deceived and deluded? They are deceived and deluded because they think Christianity i.e. following Yashua Anointed, is a religion and they listen to what those men of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion say instead of reading The Holy Scriptures for themselves and listening to Yashua Anointed alone:
1 John 2:27 (KJV) But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is Truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.
This means that their faith is in men of religion, the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion, and not in Yashua Anointed, so their belief is in vain. It also means that the secular world is fooled into thinking that these men of religion are, who they say they are, i.e. God's representatives on earth, but nothing could be further from the Truth, so they are deceived. How do I know all this? Easy, and I will return to this topic later.
In the meantime, let's expose these silly non-Christian words "ethics and morals" first. The Concise Oxford Dictionary definition states that the English word "moral" is etymologically derived from the Latin word moralis, which is a combination of two other Latin words, mos meaning "custom, tradition or habit," and alis which means "people." 'Moralis' or Morals, therefore, means the "customs of the people." Straight away we can see that this word has nothing to do with the Father and Son Godhead nor anything to do with what is taught in The Holy Scriptures. "Customs of the people" means exactly that - customs or standards as laid down by men, not laid down by The Father and The Son. This also means that one man's morals could easily be another man's immorality, so it's all down to personal or societal interpretation and choices - one man's meat is another man's poison.
In turn, the word "ethic" etymologically originates from the Greek word 'ethos' which also became the root of the Latin word 'ethice'. In the 'Koine' Greek; otherwise known as Biblical Greek, the word 'ethos' referred to social custom or habit. So here we have, in their original forms, their true meanings and both words refer to man and his customs or his own vain traditions, or mankind just doing what HE thinks is just, right and proper. This, in effect, is man replacing God - idolatry.
As we know, in modern English, the usages of the words ethics and morality have changed somewhat i.e. referring to the determination of what is good or right behaviour, with the inherent social approval or disapproval of such activities but, at the end of the day, both words are dependent upon what man deems his customs to be, or wants them to mean. The Father God and Yashua Anointed are not involved in this arrangement at all. They are not in the picture. They do not feature in man's ethics nor do They feature in man's morals either.
What if we add another word into this equation? What if we refer to religious morals? Does this now bring The Godhead into the picture? No, never, nor can it? How is that I hear you say? Well this brings us back to the point I mentioned earlier where I said: "It also means that the secular world is fooled into thinking that these men are, who they say they are i.e. God's representatives on earth, but nothing could be further from the Truth. How do I know all this? Easy" I said easy because the simple answer is that Yashua Anointed was not religious, He did NOT come to this earth in order to start a religion, nor did He come with a religious message. This being the case, and it is, how could adding the word religious to morals make it a Godly or even a Christian concept? The bottom line here is this: morals, religious or otherwise are always of men, not of God.
The Gospel message is The Good News of Salvation under His Glorious Grace and Eternal Life in The Kingdom of God, nothing else. This is an undeserved free gift from The Father God to those whom He is calling to His Son - Yashua Anointed - those called and chosen:
John 6:44 (KJV) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
If this miraculous act or event is not taking place within a man's or woman's life then the Gospel message is of no consequence and of no value to those that it does not apply i.e. it is completely irrelevant. This means, they will continue to live their lives oblivious to what The Father God is giving to the called and chosen - giving to those predestined to become Born of God (Born Again). Now this is all very straight forward, unless of course some of these others get hold of the wrong end of the stick and after having been called, go astray. Now this going astray business is all tied up and explained in the Parable of The Sower and I will be writing an article on this crucially misunderstood parable. It also happened here:
John 6:65-66 (KJV) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. 66 From that many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.
Suffice it to say, today, we now have a large group of people who have been called by The Father, but because they have gone astray, they turn to something other than The Father and The Son. In fact, they turn to lots of other things other than The Father and The Son, and all these things can be encapsulated under the all embracing umbrella of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion.
Moreover, with this religion comes demonically inspired man made customs, traditions (Biblically known as the traditions of men), form, rituals, fancy robes, funny hats, and loads of rules and regulations from Synods and Papal bulls i.e. what could be called religious morals and ethics. Within the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion they even incorporate the Ten Commandments and endeavour to keep them just as the Jews did in Old Covenant times and by doing so trample all over Yashua Anointed's Sacrifice. In their self-righteousness they also try to stamp this religious form on those outside their enclave and the best example of this occurs in the USA.
There, these people are referred to as the Pro Zionist "Religious Right" and they carry great clout with the Republican Party. The issue is, are they of God; are they doing what Yashua Anointed would have been doing if He were here, now? Would Yashua Anointed be trying to influence the Republican Party? I will leave you all to have a little chuckle to yourselves on this point.
Now many people in the USA consider these religious people, otherwise known as Christian Zealots, to be dangerous people, so dangerous, as to be a potential catalyst in bringing about their national destruction. Is this true, and could it be true? At one point I was of the opinion that it was not true, but now, because of their misplaced support of the Zionists and the unlawful State of Israel, I now consider them to be a great danger to the USA. They are what are known as 'useful idiots' in conspiracy circles. However, there is only one thing that will destroy the USA and Britain and that is sin, idolatry and Godlessness, combined with treachery, especially in high places or in high government circles including the White House and Whitehall.
Furthermore, if you listen to many of those on the Religious Right they will say we should be calling on all Americans and Brits to repent in order to stem the swelling tidal flow of sliding into the dark abyss of national destruction and oblivion. The thing is, are they right? No. Why is that, because the people of Britain and America are not listening. Why are they not listening? Simple, because The Father God is not calling them right now and as long as He continues to not call them the Religious Right might as well save their breath. They teach the wrong message anyway, so it's just as well the American people cannot hear them and just ignore them.
The question now is will the American and British people ever listen? Oh yes, most definitely. When? Why, when we get closer to the return of Yashua Anointed, but even then many will still not be listening. Will there be another time when they listen? Oh yes, but that won't be in this age. All mankind will eventually be saved. How do I know this? Through knowing and understanding The Holy Scriptures and not listening to men of the Christian Religion, nor the men of the moralistic Religious Right. Stay with it folks for all will be revealed - Yashua Anointed has promised.