Monday, February 4, 2013

Feb 4 - Isaiah 45:22

Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God,
and there is no other.
Isaiah 45:22

The world’s “pop-religion” says that all paths lead to God.

That’s actually insulting to every religion.
  •      If Christians are right, Muslims are wrong.
  •      If Muslims are right, Buddhists are wrong.
  •      If Buddhists are right, Hindus are wrong.
  •      If Hindus are right, New Agers are wrong.
  •      If New Agers are right, Christians are wrong.

Every religion makes truth claims. (Ironically, even when someone says, “There is no truth,” that’s a truth claim too! If someone says to you, “There is no truth,” respond, “Is that a true statement?” It’s the old truth: “Don’t be so open-minded that your brain falls out!”)

When you really think about it, it’s actually insulting and intolerant to each of these religions to say that all paths lead to God. It’s saying, “You’re naïve … and wrong … and narrow-minded … and your scriptures and traditions are basically wrong.”

Try to proclaim that all-paths-sentiment too loudly in some corners of the world. You’ll be labeled an infidel. Wars are fought over less. But in America, we’re taught to be so tolerant that our brains are falling out of our heads and our faith is falling out of our hearts.

But we don’t honor our God – nor our neighbor’s views of their god – by softening the truth claims of either religion.

We are called to respect their opinions.

We are called to lovingly agree to disagree.

And we are called to stand up, gently but firmly, for what we believe as true.

If we are to call ourselves Christians, we are called to stand personally and firmly on the truths of the scriptures, saying, I believe in a God who says, “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”

In Christ’s Love,
a guy who’s turning daily
to the one and only

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