When you earnestly seek to know God
By Teresa LeNeave
Do you ever wonder why there are so many churches? So many religions? As you well know, so many opinions and so many variations of the same gospel can be confusing to both believers and unbelievers. The prevalent teaching of the 21st century is that all religions lead to God, but that just can’t be true because some of them bypass Jesus. Paul said in the last day’s people would not endure sound doctrine, but would want to replace God with teaching more to their liking. By bypassing Jesus, religion can go anywhere. “Anywhere” is confusing to many good hearted, God-seeking, people.
It is a dangerous position to find yourself in a state of questioning and perhaps doubting because you can’t decide which religion is right. There are some things the Bible is very specific about.
God, through the prophets, said we should, “Do what is right (just), to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8). How could that ever equate to thousands of upon thousands of different religions? I don’t know, but it does. What man needs is a standard that is always true; something that is unchangeable and the Bible claims to be that standard.
If the Bible is that one stabilizing factor that humanity can depend on, then why do so many people have a problem believing it? Jesus said he IS that common denominator. Jesus is the stabilizing standard, and if you can believe that, there should be no confusion.
Problem is: Jesus is the problem for some religions. Truth is: Jesus is “the way”. Jesus came to show all believers how to live a life of love for God and love for others. That’s not always comfortable. People shy away from discomfort.
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
The Jesus way (the way of loving even our enemies) is the road less traveled. Jesus came to earth as the Son of God and Son of man to help unfold God to us: to make it clear that God is accessible to humanity. When Jesus returned to heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent to lead and guide us into “all truth”. From those simple truths, religion has taken off in many directions. Jesus must be the stabilizing factor. He is the truth, the life and the way. Scripture says no man comes to the Father, but by him. (John 14:6).
It all comes down to whether or not we believe the Bible to be the “Word” of God. Is it the standard? Is it your standard?
If you are earnestly seeking to know God; seek to know Jesus. Learn everything you can about Jesus from scripture. What did he teach? How did he live? Where did he get the things he taught? Jesus plainly told us where he got his words: “… the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak” (John 12:49).
I once heard someone say, “Eternity is an awfully long time to be wrong.”
Jesus said he is THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE. Where’s the argument?