Do all paths lead to the same end?
One major world religion believes there is no god, no supreme deity; another believes there are thousands of gods and goddesses; New Agers believe they are god; Christianity believes in a personal, knowable God; and Islam believes in a powerful, yet unknowable God. As for where all of these paths eventually end up, one religion claims you achieve Nirvana (that place of complete peace and light) through an unknowable number of reincarnations; others believe you're okay if your good actions outweigh the bad; several religions offer regular animal sacrifices; another teaches doing as much good as you can in this life so you'll be reincarnated to a better state or animal in the next; mainstream Islam says you must follow very strict laws and make an improbable pilgrimage before you die; some radical Muslims believe you earn your way to Heaven by shedding your enemy's blood; and Christianity teaches that salvation is through faith in the Son of God alone.
Seriously! Think about it. If the New Age doctrine is true, then that means Muslims and Jews have to give up their one God and Hindus have to give up their thousands of gods and goddesses. If Hinduism is true and one of their gods or goddesses is the supreme being, then Christians have to give up Jesus and Buddhists and New Agers have to acknowledge that there is a god.
I am amazed at how many reasonably intelligent people throw logic out the window when arguing that all religions are the same, that it doesn't matter what you believe so long as you're sincere. Do you know what's wrong with that brand of logic? Two things: Firstly, no matter how sincere you are, strong faith in a weak bridge will still get you dunked! And secondly, it isn't logical!
I don't care what some well-known media person, talk-show host, religious leader, or self-acclaimed guru tells you. Simple, unadulterated logic mandates that...
That applies in chemistry, in physics, and in mathematics. And it applies to the world religions, too! Either one is right and all the others are wrong . . . or they're all wrong! But one thing is certain: they cannot all be right!
Just to be clear, by the way, New Age, Agnosticism, Atheism, Humanism and the like are also religions. Technically, a religion can be defined as a loyalty or allegiance to any belief system, whether that belief is in a higher power, another object, or oneself. And a person's refusal to believe the truth whatever that "truth" turns out to be does not excuse them from the consequences of their decision!
With so much uncertainty, then and so much at stake doesn't it make sense that we should endeavor to be sure we're headed the right way before we come face-to-face with Eternity . . . and the answer?
Good question! Perhaps a good place to start is in examining what sets them all apart. Is there one thing they all have in common or any one thing that sets them apart? Yes! And, it's glaringly obvious . . . if you take the time to really think about it. Look at that list at the top of the page again, the one that compares the different religions.
Do you see it? They all require you to do this thing or that to jump through hoops or perform different rituals or follow certain rules in order to save yourself. All but one, that is...
They all start with the belief that you're basically good and if you work hard enough, you can eventually achieve that state of perfection or excellence or holiness where you're finally declared "good enough." All but one, that is...
They all require you to work your whole life without ever knowing if or when you've done enough. All but one, that is...
And . . . the founders of the different world religions are all dead and decomposed in their graves. All but one, that is...
Of course, I'm talking about Christianity true Christianity, not church-going or baptism or confession or penitence or even good works.
Doing and Done!
Christianity is the only religion that says we are totally incapable of saving ourselves. No matter how hard we try, we will always fall short. Why? Because we simply aren't capable of not sinning!
Oh, I know . . . in this generation of 'enlightenment', everyone wants to believe that 'sin' is an obsolete concept. Well . . . it sounds okay on talk shows, it doesn't offend anyone, and it makes everyone feel good. [After all, a pesky guilty conscience can really interfere with you having a good time!] But, the Bible says: We're not sinners because we sin. We sin because we're sinners!
Huh? Think of it this way: A dog isn't a dog because he barks; he barks because he's a dog. In the same way, doing something wrong isn't what makes you or me a sinner; it's because we're sinners we're imperfect that we sometimes do wrong things.
Even though the Bible teaches we're not capable of saving ourselves, Christianity offers salvation on the basis of God's grace alone and not works. It's the only religion that says stop striving and just surrender. It's the only religion whose "founder" died and then rose again from the grave, who knows what's on the other side, and who knows how to take us through.
Some opponents of Christianity claim that it's being exclusive in its claims that Jesus is the only way to know God or to be saved. But the truth is, true Christianity is all-inclusive! You are just as worthy of God's free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ as anyone else!
Being a 'good' person won't cut it but trusting Jesus Christ to do for you what you can't do for yourself is the Key that opens Heaven's doors to you!
Which path will you choose? It really is your decision, your choice. One thing's certain. If you refuse to accept this mind-blowingly loving gift because you want to "do your own thing" or you just don't want to believe it, then you won't be able to blame God for "sending" you to Hell. You'll be there because you chose it!
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
"For God loved the world so much that He sent His one and only Son
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