Is Christianity the true religion? I’ll start this one off by being blunt.
Welcome back and let’s get started. As I explain this from the bible you may not agree with me and that’s fine and it is your right. But it is also my right to believe this to be true and to explain it as I see it according to what I read in the bible.
Let’s start with something Jesus said at Matthew 7:21 through 23: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7%3A21-23&version=NIV.
Now I have to ask you, what religions come to us in the name of Jesus?
Christianity, in all of its myriad sects and forms, are the only ones, and yet Jesus says he will tell them in the last days, “Away from me, you evildoers!”
Why would Jesus call them evildoers? I think we need to start at the beginning of Christianity—which would be shortly after the death of Jesus. We read this in 1st John 2:18, “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.”
Where is the True Religion? This is the subject I want to explore today.
I often get asked, “What about all the different religions on earth, are they from the true God? Surely they can give us a way to help each other. And if there is one that is really the true one, where is the true religion?
I’ll tell you this, as I sit here thinking about how I’m going to talk about one of the most explosive subjects on earth, I know that God’s point of view is unlike anything we have been taught. But, as Jesus once put it, ‘It must to be this way.’ Mathew 26:54.
4,300 different religions on earth. No wonder we’re so screwed up. Can you imagine if the NFL had 4,300 teams – or any other sport you chose? The rivalry that takes place with just the 32 they have is enough to get some fans in heated arguments that too often ends in violence. Not to mention how some of the players act. I’m not picking on football, I’m just trying to show how rivalry puts people against people.
But football rivalry cannot even begin to compare to religious rivalry.
In the name of God …? Just what is the name of God?
Welcome back and thank you for your interest in my blog K.I.S.S.I.T., where I use the bible to answer questions I had on my quest to find the truth about God. I hope you find what I now call ‘God’s side of the story’, intriguing. Wouldn’t things be a lot clearer if you could see them from God’s prospective?
Resuming where we left off in the last discussion, I gave made the statement that I had found information about God’s personal name. I, unlike the 3rd century Jews that we read about last post, do not believe it to be disrespectful to God to speak His name. The Jews before the 3rd century didn’t have a problem speaking it. Remember last time we found out that, in almost all bibles after the 3rd century, the name of God had been replaced with the word ‘LORD’. When we read the bible now, every time we see the word LORD in all capital letters, the name of God used to be there. I believe what God wants is more important than what people want. Can the bible tell us what God wants us to know about the use of His name?
God was using Moses to free His people from slavery in Egypt, but the Pharaoh was reluctant to let them go. Then God told Moses to tell the Pharaoh this at Exodus 9:15-16: 15“For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would then have been cut off from the earth. 16But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.”
There are many more examples of where we are encouraged to call upon the name of God or the LORD. As you read the bible and see the word LORD try replacing it with the name of your choice, Jehovah or Yahweh. When you do, I think you will find God becomes more personal. Think about it like this. If there were twenty men standing in a group and you started calling out, ‘Hey man!’, how many do you think would respond? All of them or just one of them? Take that same group of men and call out, ‘Hey Charles’, more than likely only the one named Charles would respond. Wouldn’t it be the same way with gods?