Beware of false prophets who come disguised as
harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.
And many false prophets will appear and will deceive
many people. Matthew 24: 11
God has warned us that while we are living on earth we will be confronted with people who teach false things about God and false things about religion.
Therefore, we must seek to find the truth about God.
† Thankfully, the Bible tells us how we can identify false religions so that we can avoid them.
If the prophet speaks in the Lord’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message.
Deuteronomy 18: 21 – 22a
And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an Antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. I John 2: 22 – 23
Based on the verses above, we understand two ways to identify false religions
† A religion has made incorrect predictions (such as falsely predicting the end of the world).
† Or a religion denies that Jesus and God are one or denies that Jesus is the Christ who saves us.