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As we look at the panorama of religion worldwide, what do we see? Is this the biblical pattern? What is the religion that the Bible espouses and defines?

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A partial list of Scriptures used: 

Romans 8:35 Romans 8:35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
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 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 
Romans 8:36 Romans 8:36As it is written, For your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
American King James Version×
 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 
Romans 8:37 Romans 8:37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
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 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 
Romans 8:38 Romans 8:38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
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 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 
Romans 8:39 Romans 8:39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
American King James Version×
 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

1Co 15:39  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 
1Co 15:40  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 
1Co 15:41  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 
1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 
1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 
1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 

Ephesians 5:25 Ephesians 5:25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
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 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 
Ephesians 5:26 Ephesians 5:26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
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 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 
Ephesians 5:27 Ephesians 5:27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
American King James Version×
 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 

Jas 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. 

How is Your  Religion? Like a...., like a wheelbarrel  [easily  tips over] ... like a Bus [ only when it goes your way ] 

Why does James mention these TWO things to describe "pure religion"??
Extended hand to the helpless... to learn to do with all we are concerned with. Sometimes just encouragement, sometimes just listening, sometimes other types of help... 
Analyzing God's way... and changing to live it. Natural to concern with widows and orphans, helpless as they are.

Luk 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 

Galatians 6:9 Galatians 6:9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
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 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 
Galatians 6:10 Galatians 6:10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.
American King James Version×
 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. 

Titus 3:8 Titus 3:8This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
American King James Version×
 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. 
Titus 3:9 Titus 3:9But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
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 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 
Titus 3:10 Titus 3:10A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;
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 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 
Titus 3:11 Titus 3:11Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself.
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 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. 

Titus 3:14 Titus 3:14And let our's also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
American King James Version×
 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. 

Hebrews 13:16 Hebrews 13:16But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
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 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 

Deuteronomy 10:12 Deuteronomy 10:12And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
American King James Version×
 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, 

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