How's that again?
Dismay. The word sums up how I felt when a presumed believer assured me, "I'm not promoting Christianity above other religions. I'm not sure what, if anything, makes one religion superior to any other."
A friend and sister in the Lord experienced a similar encounter when a person said to her that the Muslim God and the Christian God are one in the same.
President Bush recently asserted that "there are many paths to God" and that the God he serves is the God of all faiths.
His statement is in direct conflict with the statement of faith in Jesus Christ he gave during both of his successful campaigns for the highest office in the land. All three statements are in direct conflict with the Scripture, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes unto the Father except through me."(John 14:6)
I guess I shouldn't be surprised. In the current climate, everything is relative. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and frequent readers are aware that I have strong opinions about many things. However, frequent readers also understand that my opinions are wedded to my belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he was crucified, was raised on the third day and is now seated at the right hand of God, having defeated both sin and death, rescuing me and all believers from our deserved punishment; eternal banishment from the presence of God. He remains there, interceding for us before the Father, waiting only for one word from that same Father before returning to claim us as his own. That word, quite simply, is "Go."
We are, as human creatures, reasonably intelligent. We, unlike the animals, have been given the ability to reason, to examine, to question, to judge.
Our hunger and thirst for righteousness and our sense of justice realized or withheld is unique, as is our innate desire to worship. Have you ever seen an animal gaze into the nighttime sky in wonder? Have you ever seen any of God's other creatures stop dead in their tracks to behold a beautiful sunset or sunrise?
Given that we are created in God's image, and therefore endowed with reasonable, questioning minds, we apply our abilities to reason, to question, to examine and to judge to every aspect of our lives -- in our work, in our relationships, in forming our worldview and in our choice of religions.
In this new age of tolerance for all viewpoints, we have entered dangerous waters.
My friend discovered how dangerous when her expressed opposition to her companion's viewpoint was met with total disdain.
I discovered how prevalent the tolerance message has become when I encountered the woman who sits under Christian teaching Sunday by Sunday, yet is entirely incapable of asserting what she believes, why she believes it and what makes Christianity superior to all other world religions.
It is as simple as my friend's response to the question of Islam, "My God came to earth and died to save me from my sins. The god of the Muslims didn't."
She’s right. Jesus is either Lord of all or he is lord of nothing. To proclaim him as savior means that his word, in all things, is final. And to present one face one place and another face elsewhere shames the Lord and shames the one with many faces.
The current political climate is rife with religious talk -- God is trotted out when it seems expedient and is just as quickly ushered off-stage when the moment has passed.
How far off of the one true Way have we stumbled when we can stand in a Christian church building and admit that we don't know what makes Christianity superior to any other world religion? Is this, as Chuck Baldwin recently asserted in his column "Church in Apostasy" one more shadow of many that speak to the Lord's return?
Or is it merely one of many symptoms that faith is dying and the Lord was right to ponder long ago, "However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)
“Whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:33 (NIV)
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