Let us feel for them, pray for them, speak to the King about them, strive to recommend the gospel to them. If there were many roads to God and Christians were claiming, "Ours is the best," I would agree they were being narrow and arrogant. However, it is not intolerant to acknowledge differences in belief. While the world’s religions may all point you in the direction of heaven and tell you that you can save yourself, Christianity teaches that Jesus has come, not just as a moral leader to show us the path to God, but to be our Way, our Truth, and our Life (John 14:6), the only One who can give us peace (John 14:27; Romans 5:1). Religion segregates people into clusters of believers and non-believers, making human unity and peace nearly impossible. On all of these points, it is not that each religion is professing different aspects of one truth, but that they are contradicting each other in their truth claims. That figure shows that, while in many countries religion is not as dominant as it once was, it still has a huge influence on us. So they decided to take them to an uninhabited planet that would serve as an asylum and where they could roam free and act goofy. In other words, all spiritual paths lead up the same mountain because all religions basically teach the brotherhood and the sisterhood of men and women and the universal fatherhood of God. It backs up its truth claims with the credentials and credibility of Jesus Christ, which cannot be duplicated by any other spiritual leader. He has credentials and credibility to back him up. What if instead we scrub her with soap and water and dip her in bleach? Thank you for signing up to receive email newsletters from Answers in Genesis. The apostle Paul tells us: Because of our fallen state, we disobey God and, consequently, make counterfeit gods/idols (Psalm 96:5). Whether God created man or man invented gods, religious beliefs have for centuries impacted on society, and so, on human behavior. Jesus taught the opposite of what those other faiths teach. Behind this is the idea that all beliefs should be tolerated and that any claim to ultimate truth is arrogant. Every other religion is based on people doing things through their struggling and through their striving to earn the good favor of God. None of the world’s religions present any good news (gospel) that someone has liberated us from the reign of sin and death. If we sincerely believe that, things will turn out for the best in the long haul. Jesus alone was qualified. The question is, how do we know that Jesus was telling the truth? Let's concede that there is some common ground shared by many of the world's religions, especially when you look at the level of basic values and statements of belief about morality. A second problem is that religions are also exclusive when it comes to how people make their way up the mountain to God. Happy is he who lives under the abiding conviction that to be in Christ is peace, safety and happiness; and that to be without Christ is to be on the brink of destruction.6. He validated his claim with convincing evidence like nobody else in history. Every person in this room has a terminal illness called "sin." Religions are human institutions that, at their best, help people to experience and be close to God. But Christianity is different. Human Tradition. In Christianity, salvation comes through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and not through human effort (1 Corinthians 15:1–4; Romans 4:4–8). History informs us that every religion known to, and practiced by man has a set of principles and rules to follow. We need to keep in mind two things: first, that the theological reality that God is our Creator and man is in rebellion against him and, second, that the Bible tells us that all people know of God’s existence and are therefore accountable to him. For some of you this is a stumbling block to faith. But it's the ending of the two stories that so clearly points out the difference. Despite their best efforts, many people will not make the grade, and in the end, the door will be slammed in their face. As the literal word of God, the Qur’an makes known the will of God, to which humans must surrender (lending the name Islam, meaning ‘surrender’). That's just not the case. It's been called snobbish. In other words, God does not punish people for not knowing about Jesus, but for their individual sins against him (Romans 1:20–32) and their rejecting the clear revelation of God that has been evident ever since God’s creation was completed. Please follow the instructions we emailed you in order to finish subscribing. Have we relatives without Christ? Dunbar’s argument is that religion evolved as a way of allowing many people at once to take part in endorphin-triggering activation. Sproul puts it this way, "Moses could mediate on the Law. Each is a distinct person, yet each is identified as God: Father (1 Corinthians 8:6); Son (John 1:1–3; Romans 9:5); Spirit (Acts 5:3–4). He demonstrated his mastery over death by bringing Lazarus back to life after four days in a cold, damp tomb. Let's pretend there are two country clubs. We are acting rationally and in accordance with the evidence. We know that not a single person here today would claim to be perfect. God has chosen the gospel of Jesus Christ as the means by which people are to be saved (Romans 10:17). Although all three are monotheistic, Judaism and Islam are Unitarian monotheists (the belief that the being of God exists as one person). Christianity is unique. Your newsletter signup did not work out. You've got to fulfill a long list of demands. This claim rankles people like nothing else. There is only one way to cure her. Jesus didn't just claim that he is the one and only Son of God. We're all descendants of those aliens. This distinction is starkly demonstrated by comparing a parable that was taught by Jesus with a similar story that is found in Buddhist literature. So even though all religions are equally protected under our Constitution, this has nothing to do whatever with whether they are based on truth. If there really was a church of asylumism, under our Constitution, it would be as equally protected as Willow Creek Community Church, as the Methodist denomination, as the Episcopalians or any other religious group. Regardless of the accuracy or perspective of each individual faith, the primary objective is to acknowledge/worship/deify a power greater than our comprehension. The nineteenth century Bishop of Liverpool, England, J.C. Ryle exhorted Christians to remember those who are without Christ: We are often reminded of the many who are without food or clothing or school or church. But Jesus says, "I am the truth." This myth is appealing because it seems to reflect the pluralistic attitude of the United States. Try downloading another browser like Chrome or Firefox. Jews follow many traditions that are human in origin and differ from God's word. But Hinduism says that everything is God; you are God, I am God, this podium is God. Just as religious people often follow other religious authority that differs from Gold's word, so they often follow human traditions that differ from God's word. We could try to scrub away our sins with good deeds, but it will not work. Why is this claim so controversial? In fact, with this one outlandish assertion, Jesus boldly puts Christianity in a class by itself, because if the path to God is through Jesus, then Christianity cannot be reconciled with any other religion. He demonstrated his mastery over sickness. What about those who argue for inclusivity, the belief that there is access to salvation outside of Jesus? That planet, Royco said, was earth. Religious understanding draws from both subjective insight and traditional authority. See the difference? Privacy Policy and Religion disguises the true wrongs The Bible makes it clear that the world is in desperate need of Jesus, which is why we take the gospel to every tribe, tongue, and nation. It's been called narrow-minded. ... "If I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that." You've got to go through cycles of reincarnation or whatever. Because he loves us, because Jesus and God are for us and not against us, Jesus voluntarily offered himself as our substitute to pay the penalty that we owe because of our wrongdoing. 1 Sadly, many Christians have inhaled the relativistic air of our pluralistic culture and fallen for this idea. The conclusion: All men are under the power of sin (3.9-12). In other words, he was mentally imbalanced. Humans may have developed religion as a way to promote cooperation in social groups, Dunbar said. How Critical Thinkers Lose Their Faith in God. Royco, I hope, was kidding about being part of the Church of Asylumism. A diagram showing the relationship between the definitions of weak/strong and implicit/explicit atheism. Exclusive Claims about the Path. Jesus backs up his claim with unique credentials. Islam denies that Jesus was God and that Jesus died for our sins. Let us pity them, and help them, as far as we can. Every other religion is based on people doing things through their struggling and through their striving to earn the good favor of God. Christianity on the other hand is Trinitarian monotheism. Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Religious belief drops when analytical thinking rises ... belief regardless of how religious people were to begin with. A few years ago, some friends' baby girl developed jaundice, which is a disorder of the liver that caused her skin and the whites of her eyes to turn yellow. Therefore, some people view religion as based on nothing more than personal opinion or “blind faith,” and so, as immune to rational thought. By virtue of his sinlessness and by virtue of his divinity, Jesus is the only one qualified to be our substitute. These are revolutionary teachings. This is the belief that within the one Being that is God, there exists eternally three co-equal and co-eternal persons, namely the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Religion evidently functions as a mechanism for dealing with unpleasant emotions associated with difficult life experiences, such as danger, bereavement, disappointment, disease. As Christians, we should also remember that at one time we “were without Christ” and “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12, NKJV).5 Therefore, we should not reach out to people in fear or hate, but with love and grace, as this is what we have been shown by our Savior (Ephesians 2:5; Titus 3:5). Both stories involve sons who became rebellious and left home in a huff, but who later saw the error of their ways and decided to return home. We do not deserve salvation; it is solely based upon his grace (Ephesians 2:8–9). Under our Constitution, all religious viewpoints are equally protected; anybody can believe whatever they want. It is an entire value system, a way of life. All religions are not the same. The reason those of us who follow Jesus cling to him so tightly is that he is the Great Physician who has the only cure. Yet it was in that culture that the apostles proclaimed the exclusivity of Christ as the only way of salvation for all people (see Acts 8:5, 13:23–39, 16:30–31, 17:30–31, 20:21): Even when the apostles were told by the authorities to be silent and no longer proclaim Christ, they responded by saying, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19–20). Royco said, "You want proof? You're hesitant to pursue treatment because it sounds too easy. One idea is that, as humans evolved from small hunter-gatherer tribes into large agrarian cultures, our ancestors needed to encourage cooperation and tolerance among relative strangers. The jaundice is your truth, doc; it's not our truth. One reason is that it strikes at the core of three great myths about religion. But Jesus Christ is God reaching out to us. World Religions and Cults Book & Poster Set, The 10 Minute Bible Journey: Hardcover Only, https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2017/06/08/bernie-sanders-to-traditional-christians-your-beliefs-are-indefensibly-hateful-and-insulting-and-not-what-this-country-is-supposed-to-be-about/. Although God offers eternal life to all who will respond in an appropriate way to God's general revelation in nature and conscience (2.7), the sad fact is that rather than worship and serve their Creator, people ignore God and flout His moral law (1.21-32). "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5). Mohammed could brandish a sword. This can be seen in Senator Bernie Sanders recent comments to potential deputy White House budget director, Russell Vought, who is an evangelical Christian. In a time when the emperor claimed to be Lord and the moral code was decidedly in opposition to Scripture, the Holy Spirit gave that early church the ability to be faithful and to preach the Word of God without fear or compromise. He also ends his message by stating that “everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (Acts 10:43). In other words, even if there are differences between religions, they all have equal claims on the truth. Cornelius’s salvation occurred during Peter’s presentation of the gospel, since Peter himself says, “He will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household” (Acts 11:14). This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Learn about God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in this 3-session study. Certainly if we worked hard enough we could get her normal coloring back. ", The doctor would have said, "You're going to jeopardize the life of your child if you do that. The uniqueness of Christianity is rooted in the uniqueness of Jesus himself. They could have replied, "What if we just ignore all this and pretend everything's okay. "It's better to give than to receive." The people without Christ! However, the existence or non-existence of God has little to do with religion cause, either way, religion definitely exists. In the most spectacular demonstration of his deity, Jesus fulfilled his own prediction by being resurrected from the dead, in an historical event that was witnessed by more than 500 people and that sparked a spiritual revolution that has been unparalleled in the history of the world. The idea that we all worship the same God just in different ways is a fairly easy thing to say if you don’t know what different religions believe. I've used what I've learned to treat and to cure countless babies. If we do wish to look for something that acted on religion in a way similar to steroids, in effect pumping up our conception of God and the divine, reason is a good place to start. What About Creation, Flood, and Language Division Legends? For the Apostle Paul to be without Christ is also to be without God. Religion even finds ways to deal with the desire for vengeance, Reiss said. The best way to do this is by teaching followers the religion’s concepts from birth; and then reinforcing those ideas throughout the entirety of their life. It cannot be reconciled with any other religion. Let us leave no stone unturned in our efforts to bring them to Christ. Jesus also said that our wrongdoing separates us from our God because God is holy and perfect. The night cometh when none can work. Look at the TV news! You've got to somehow attain certain spiritual advancement. They are saying that somebody has got to pay the penalty for the obvious wrongdoings that keep us separated from God. 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