Sunday, November 27, 2011

Revisiting Christian Doctrine Part 2 ( Only one God with One Way)

We already determined that we serve one God as Christians in my last blog. What about the controversial issue many try to argue about? ONLY THROUGH JESUS CAN WE COME TO THE FATHER.  He is the way, the truth, and the Life.

John 14:1-7  "Don't be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me.  (2)  My Father's house has many rooms. If that were not true, would I have told you that I'm going to prepare a place for you?  (3)  If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again. Then I will bring you into my presence so that you will be where I am.  (4)  You know the way to the place where I am going."  (5)  Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you're going. So how can we know the way?"  (6)  Jesus answered him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.  (7)  If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him through me and have seen him in me."

In America there is a bumper sticker which some car owners have placed on their bumpers. It is call the COEXIST bumper sticker. The sticker is meant to make a statement about all religions coming together as one.  Many believe there are many ways to get to God. Some say all the religions in the world are man's personal venture to try and find their god.

Jesus said something totally different than the popular belief for today. He declared that he was the only way to get to God. He made a bold statement that his teachings were the truth and nothing but the truth.  Now Jesus was either a delusional maniac , or he was in his right frame of mind. I believe in the latter. Only Jesus could make such a claim and have the proof to back it up.

In today's warped world many try to make their own path to God. What was Jesus saying when he declared he was the way? The word  " Way" in the Greek is " hodos"  which means road.

Jesus speaks of this road in Matthew 7.

Matthew 7:13-14  "Enter through the narrow gate because the gate and road that lead to destruction are wide. Many enter through the wide gate.  (14)  But the narrow gate and the road that lead to life are full of trouble. Only a few people find the narrow gate.

He describes his truth as a gate which encompasses a narrow road. A narrow gate for a narrow road.  Jesus made another bold statement by declaring that many enter through the wide gate because of it's accessibility. In other words, many whether walk through the wide gate because they can keep their self-imposed beliefs. Guess what? Ummmm Jesus said that be the wrongggggg gate!

So what gave Jesus the right to declare HE WAS IN FACT THE ONLY WAY TO THE LIVING GOD. Now please don't get made at me. I am just quoting the Lord of Hosts.

1. He was and is God. ( Read Part 1 for this truth)
2. He fulfilled over 400 prophecies from the Old Testament when He came to planet Earth the first time. Do you understand the odds of  this happening. Do you know the odds of Christ fulfilling just 8 prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.  He would be considered a great man if he only fulfilled one prophesy but he fulfilled over 400 of them. WOW!!!!!!!
3. He demonstrated Divine power of all things. ( Human being, objects, plants, and so forth.) He declared that the works He did was what He saw His father doing.
4. He was a innocent man who went to the cross for us and then He did something totally crazy on the third day after his death. HE AROSE FROM THE GRAVE!!!!! Now I am personally aware of Bill Maher's movie Relugious which makes claims of other Christ-like figures before Jesus came. I am aware of the documentary called  Zeigeist as well.  With the exception of Buddha most the other figures were fictional character's which belong to mythology. In other words, they were not actually people who were seen or walked the earth. Jesus is a historical figure. Many historians of the day have given accounts of Jesus' existence. Buddha was an actual person but his followers never make claim to him being Resurrected from the grave. Although there are some similarities in his teachings; there are some major differences. Jesus never says that we can become gods ourselves or we can make our own way. He proves that He is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. Now let me ask you this. If there is such a thing as absolute truth and there is an enemy of this truth then would it stand to reason. That the enemy would corrupt the truth by sending out false Christs even before the original came?

Mark 13:20-23  If the Lord does not reduce that time, no one will be saved. But those days will be reduced because of those whom God has chosen.  (21)  "At that time don't believe anyone who tells you, 'Here is the Messiah!' or 'There he is!'  (22)  False messiahs and false prophets will appear. They will work miraculous signs and do wonderful things to deceive, if possible, those whom God has chosen.  (23)  Be on your guard! I have told you everything before it happens.

Understand this thought. Did you know there is no such thing as cold? The feeling of being cold is derived when you body is absent from heat. The absence of heat produces the cold. Did you know there is no such thing as darkness? Darkness occurs when light is extracted from an environment. It does not exists. Did you know that there is no such thing as being false? The opposite of truth is false. The false of things only exists when there is an absence of truth. Truth is real and discoverable. Truth is something we can obtain but have to be willing obtain.

Jesus is the absolute Truth for mankind whether the world likes it or not. We can not deny who He is and what He has done for us. We can not lump all the world religions into one pot. It will not work. All you will get is a false smoothie with some sprinkled truth on it. Our faith is determined on this simple truth. Jesus is the way, the truth , and the life. He is the only one who can reconcile us back to the living God. Either we believe it and live by it or we don't.


Blessings,

Johnny


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