Saturday, March 14, 2015
Jesus, the DIVINE Son of God is the foundation of faith and the Author of Salvation. He is the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Son of the Living God. The Jews cannot be saved apart from Jesus and faith in Him. Nor can Muslims. God will be honored and glorified in Jesus and as Jesus or it will not be God who is honored and glorified. THAT is the essential fact which excludes all other so called gods and faiths from God's saving grace!
Religions have always been know to be exclusionary, none more so than Christianity. But today the rise of syncretism and one world religious faith teaches erroneously that it does not matter what you call and name as God. Thereby people teach falsely and believe falsely that Allah is God. Or that Jehovah minus Jesus is God. The God of Abraham is fully revealed in the New Testament. A very powerful example of this is found at the baptism of Jesus in the following verses:
21 Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that, Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
22 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form, as a dove, upon him, and a voice came out of heaven, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Clearly we hear the Father and see the Holy Spirit (the dove) as Jesus, God the Son, the Lord of all and Savior of those who believe is baptized.
...the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I pray you not be as Pilate who famously asked, "What is truth?"
"But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:"
The right to become children of God is a right without which one remains a child of the devil. One can suffer inhumanity for his entire life but go to heaven by exercising this right of receiving and believing Jesus the Messiah. Or one can have the respect and comfort of every human being on earth all their life and go to hell by refusing to believe in the Name of Jesus. For that reason I say (with some small hyperbole) that by receiving and believing Jesus, the right to become children of God is the ONLY right that matters.
IF WE ACTUALLY were more committed to treating others as we wish they would treat us, God would be delighted. But as sinners saved by grace, I fear God frowns on us as we demand others treat us according to some innate human dignity that passed from view when Adam sinned.