Friday, April 16, 2010

Straight and Narrow?


The following question and it's corresponding answer captured my attention. I'm serving it as my post today because I believe it packs some powerful points into a subject that is all too familiar. Who among us hasn't had to field something like it - sometimes from the sincere; sometimes from the cynical?


This is one question with an answer that couldn't have more drop-dead serious implications ...


Question: "Why are there so many religions? Do all religions lead to God?"
Answer:
The existence of so many religions and the claim that all religions lead to God without question confuses many who are earnestly seeking the truth about God, with the end result sometimes being that some despair of ever reaching the absolute truth on the subject. Or they end up embracing the universalist claim that all religions lead to God. Of course, skeptics also point to the existence of so many religions as proof that either you cannot know God or that God simply does not exist.

Romans 1:19-21 contains the biblical explanation for why there are so many religions. The truth of God is seen and known by every human being because God has made it so. Instead of accepting the truth about God and submitting to it, most human beings reject it and seek their own way to understand God. But this leads not to enlightenment regarding God, but to futility of thinking. Here is where we find the basis of the “many religions.”

Many people do not want to believe in a God who demands righteousness and morality, so they invent a God who makes no such requirements.

Many people do not want to believe in a God who declares it impossible for people to earn their own way to heaven. So they invent a God who accepts people into heaven if they have completed certain steps, followed certain rules, and/or obeyed certain laws, at least to the best of their ability.

Many people do not want a relationship with a God who is sovereign and omnipotent. So they imagine God as being more of a mystical force than a personal and sovereign ruler.

The existence of so many religions is not an argument against God's existence or an argument that truth about God is not clear.

Rather, the existence of so many religions is demonstration of humanity's rejection of the one true God. Mankind has replaced Him with gods that are more to their liking. This is a dangerous enterprise. The desire to recreate God in our own image comes from the sin nature within us—a nature that will eventually “reap destruction” (Galatians 6:7-8).

Do all religions lead to God?

Actually they do.

All but one leads to His judgment. Only one—Christianity—leads to His forgiveness and eternal life.

No matter what religion one embraces, everyone will meet God after death (Hebrews 9:27). All religions lead to God, but only one religion will result in God's acceptance, because only through His salvation through faith in Jesus Christ can anyone approach Him with confidence.

The decision to embrace the truth about God is important for a simple reason: eternity is an awfully long time to be wrong. This is why right thinking about God is so critical.


Got Questions?

11 comments:

Angel Muly said...

I love this post. I love the part about every religion leading to God, all but one to His judgment, awesome way to look at it. Thanks for sharing.
Love, Angel
http://allthemus.blogspot.com

Karen Lange said...

Amen. Eternity IS a long time to be wrong.
Have a good weekend,
Karen

Yolanda said...

I really liked the question posed and answer given about all religions leading to God. Never seen it like that before and it packed a very powerful truth full of punch!!

Lovingly,
Yolanda

RCUBEs said...

I love the simplicity in Jesus. Instead of religions trying to find their way upward, it is God's love through Jesus that came down here to make His love and gift of salvation known. It just depends on who will choose to believe. Great post. Have a great weekend and God bless.

manthano said...

Appreciated the post.
It gives added food for thought.
Thanks and keep it up.

Diana said...

Great post!

So glad it's based on a relationship with HIM as we accept HIS gift of salvation.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

This is the best explanation I've read ever about this subject. Also, I love the explanation about all religions leading to God. Because, yes, after death everyone must face God in judgment. I sure would hate to be wrong for eternity. O' the torment!

**shakes body real hard to shake off that reality**

I much rather have a right way of thinking and be right for eternity. AMEN!

LisaShaw said...

My Sister Kathleen,

As always you keep it short, sweet, real and powerful!!! Loved this message of TRUTH!

I love you!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathleen -

Excellent post! I particularly liked your statement about how all religions lead to God - most to judgment and only one, faith in Jesus Christ, to forgiveness and eternal life.

BTW, I added you to my blogroll. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Nel said...

What a wonderful post! I love the question and answer about all religions leading to God. Thank God for His forgiveness and promise of eternal life! Proud to be a Christian! Eternity is a long time. Thanks for sharing what is on your heart! Always enjoy reading your posts!
until next time... nel

Sonja said...

Kathleen:

This is a keeper!! It is one of the clearest explanations I've ever heard. I am always drawn to truth shared in a clear simple and yet profound way. This is one of those for me!

Love it! I saved it for my hubby to read while I was out today. He agreed completely.

So glad you all and Debbie are getting together tomorrow. I will be thinking of you.

Thanks for another good one Kathleen!

Love you,

Sonja