Shared March 12th, 2015
At our last rendezvous, we learnt that Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world,James 1:27.
We also saw how some dictionaries define religion, for example, as “a personal set or institutionalized system”. We talked about Christianity, learning that true and authentic Christianity, as the Holy bible has established, is God seeking the lost. How? By offering Himself, in the form of His Son Jesus. Jesus was born as a baby some 2000 years ago right here on this earth. Later as an adult, He died on the cross as a sacrificial Lamb to pay the penalty for mankind’s sins. We then ended our devotional by learning that in another sense religion means “to bind back” and that it means “back to bondage.” Picking up where we left off, let us continue this devotional by looking at what is considered authentic Christianity.
True and authentic Christianity offers mankind freedom. Now, try comparing our example, the man-made religion islam, to Christianity. All you have to do is read the newspapers or visit the worldwide web. I know that some claim islam to be a “peaceful” religion but again, all I say is that just look at how it was founded and propagated around the world. The same approach is being repeated right now as I type this exhortation. All over the world, muslims are trying to get people to convert, either through force or intimidation or, the spread of money, which is referred to as “investment”. In the Western world where muslims now have a sizable presence, these muslims have no choice (so far) but to adapt their approach because of Western culture, history, rules and rule of law; in fact, the truth is that they find themselves in a new environment so the practice is tame, etc., to put it mildly.
I put it to you that Christianity, authentic Christianity alone says that because of sin, the bond between God and mankind is broken; we are separated from God and that is why we need Him to save us. Mankind cannot save himself.
So, what am I saying? All mankind’s efforts at salvation, whether through vain philosophies, whether by concocting ways and devising strategies, whether by subscribing to islam or new age, Shintoism, Hinduism or Buddhism, cannot ever succeed. Remember, we cannot save ourselves. Moreover, we can only find and know God by first accepting Him as Lord and then following His way. Jesus alone has claimed this, that He is the ONLY way to the Father. He is the ONLY way to everlasting freedom and this freedom you can find only at the Cross of Calvary.
Let me repeat what I just said: Jesus is the ONLY One who dare claim that no one can have eternal life EXCEPT THROUGH Him. I know, it doesn’t sound politically correct but He has said it and I am totally sold out on it. In fact if you don’t believe me, here are Jesus’ own words: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man (no one) comes unto the Father except through me”; you can find the reference in John 14:6. It may seem narrow minded but then, Christians walk a narrow path. Again, said Jesus, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it” Matthew 7:13. I’d rather be narrow minded on matters related to eternal life.
Do you know something? By believing that He, Jesus, is the Son of God and that He died on the cross to save us from our sins and also from sin’s devastating consequences, which is hell (i.e. eternal separation from a holy and just God), satan and his agents no more have control over us. And we are bound for glory, for heaven! Isn’t that sweet? Sounds good to me, and no one, absolutely no one is swaying me away from this position. I’m heaven-bound! I’m headed for glory!
So let me ask you this question. Are you a born again Christian? If you are trying to devise your own way to eternal bliss, that bliss will be spelt H-E-L-L. If you are trying to devise your own way to God, I’m sorry to say that you are NOT a Christian and are doomed to complete, abject failure. So just to be sure that you are a true, real Christian and not simply a person who is religious, please be sure to read the article, “Simple Steps to Becoming a Christian,” by clicking on (or copying and pasting into your browser) the following link: https://www.restoredtorestore.org/use-resources/
Proposed prayer: “Dear heavenly Father, I want to thank You that even though salvation cost You, it is free and available to me. I want to accept You as my Lord and Saviour and live a true Christian life; I don’t want to be religious and lost. I thank You for this devotional; please help me to share the good news with those who do not know You. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”