WHAT is the destiny of world religion? We can get the answer by considering two other questions: What does God think of religion? and, Is it of any value to the human race?
In view of world religion’s record, how do you think the Creator feels about what religion has done to his creation, the human family? Would you feel kindly toward someone who defiled your family and turned them against you?
Actually, world religion has proved to be false religion, with Christendom’s religions the most blamable. Their greatest crime is their defamation of God’s name, even going so far as to say, “God is dead.” They have turned their adherents away from God’s Word—how many in Christendom even know what is in the Bible? World religion has pointed to and glorified political leaders as the hope for world peace, ignoring God and his Messianic kingdom. It has led mankind to war, immorality and even atheism.
The clergy cannot make the excuse that they are not to be blamed for the bad actions of the people. Jehovah’s words to their counterpart, the Jewish religious leaders, show that they are convicted as responsible. He said: “If they had stood in my intimate group, then they would have made my people hear my own words, and they would have caused them to turn back from their bad way and from the badness of their dealings.”—Jer. 23:22.