Jesus is the Only Way

Greetings friends!!

Someone reached out to me recently and shared a post that a friend of theirs wrote.  This person had questions and wanted to know my thoughts on the matter.  What could’ve been a simple statement turned into a novel, which translates into a new article for me to share.  Sometimes the Word just flows. ;)To ensure that confidentiality is maintained, I will summarize the post in question into 3 main points and no names will be mentioned.  Here is the gist of what I read:

  1. Man created religion as a tool used to suppress and control the masses.  It’s manipulation.
  2.  All “Gods” are created equal.  Titles may be different but all higher powers are the same.
  3. We are deceiving ourselves if we think that what we believe is the truth.

Now I will share my response, pretty much word for word:

I know nothing of this person’s background or purpose in posting this, but I can say that I strongly disagree with their point of view.  I re-read this a few times to be clear and it seems to me that he/she is drawing the conclusion that religion is a tool of manipulation and there is no such thing as one true and living God.  Let me begin by saying that I’m not a historian and I don’t profess to know the ins and outs of other religions (an area of growth for me, but I can get you in touch with those who know more if need be), but the Word of God/Jesus Christ/Holy Spirit is clear!

  1. Yes, it’s true that some, you could even say many men, have used and abused religion, and misled people along the way.  Have you ever seen The Book of Eli?  While certainly not to be considered a Christian film, there were many Biblical undertones.  The bad guy (spoiler alert) made a statement about wanting to get his hands on the Bible because it would bring him great power and manipulation over the people who were “weak”.  Unfortunately there have been men throughout history with this mentality who abuse the Word, thus giving true believers a bad name.  Even more upsetting is that their actions have given Christ a bad name too.  But anyone who seeks after the Lord knows that he’s all about relationships.  The closer we get to Him, and the better we get to know He and His Word, the more our perception into His true character will change.  We have liberty in Him.
    Galatians 5:1 (Amplified) reads:

In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].

Doesn’t sound like shackles to me!

2.  There are numerous scriptures that support the fact that Jesus is the Messiah, he died on the cross and rose again (unique to every other religion/belief) and through Him alone we have access to our Father and eternal life.  John1:14, 10:9,11:25, 14:6, Romans 5:2 to name a few…

And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah). This [Man] is the true God and Life eternal.  1 John5:20 (AMP)
 

Meditate on “Him Who is true”.

3.  I want you to remain encouraged and know that there will always be someone claiming conspiracy or trying to diminish who God is in some kind of way.  They can site “facts” and “history” all day, but that doesn’t change who Jesus is and what He did for us.  Continue to be in prayer for them and the many others who would agree with their position. If Holy Spirit leads you to intervene be sure you are doing so with His wisdom, being wise as a serpent and harmeless as a doveOtherwise, keep it moving (Matthew 7:6).  Without God’s spirit, we can’t possibly expect the world to have accurate knowledge and clear understanding of the Word of God.

But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].  For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (AMP)

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.  He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:9-13 (NKJV)

Whew.  So that’s that!  Anything else you’d like to add Saints?  How do you know God is real?

Be blessed and enjoy these articles that came to mind as I wrote this:

What Can We Learn From the Book of Eli?

An Important Life Changing Question…How Do We Know God’s Truth

Invitation to the thirsty: Take me to the King

The Instruction Manual

Know the Truth and Stand Firm In It!

0 thoughts on “Jesus is the Only Way

  1. Hi Patricia, thank you for your message and yes there is much foolishness in the hearts of man and out of it comes foolish words and actions. It is True we do increase in knowledge and insight as we walk in Christ Jesus, having asked for His wisdom and received it, then there are also those who seek worldly wisdom and knowledge as you mentioned and they increase in these but it is foolishness if not of God and then there is life wisdom which as we mature in age it increases, like Jesus did as He grew older but of course He already had God’s wisdom having been conceived by The Holy Spirit.

    We too need to ask for the Gods gift of wisdom and receive it and not keep asking for it but believe we have received it (see Scripture and link below) than as we Trust in Jesus our only Teacher to Teach us by the empowering of Th Holy Spirit, we will increase in knowledge, understanding, insight or discernment.

    Blog Post – http://alifeofhopeandjoy.wordpress.com/category/woman-of-kingdom-wisdom/

    James 15: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

    Proverbs 2:5-7 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: He is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Christian Love Anne

    1. Thank you for sharing these verses and this wonderful link. There is always confirmation in his Word!! I love what you’ve reminded us of regarding wisdom and not having to ask for it over and over again! The same is true when we go to God in prayer and ask anything that’s in line with His will and His Word.

      1 James 5: 14-15 (NKJV) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

      It’s refreshing to know that God hears us and we can proceed in life with ALL confidence in Him!

      God bless you Anne,

      Patricia

  2. Sorry Patricia, I meant to thank you also for the pingback, I’m very thankful you were encouraged by it. I always check Scripturally what people teach by seeking The Lord for His confirmation in them and I do the same with what I share, this is why I have assurance and I don’t doubt God’s Truth or promises, if He tells us He will give us something He does but I’m willing for anyone who has doubts to ask for further confirmation, in this why I continue to learn too, as I seek The Lord for His answers.

    Christian Love Anne.

    1. Amen! I too continue to learn, and the knowledge I seek comes directly from Him. It is so important that we seek the truth and scriptures for ourselves! The more Word we have in us, the more our faith increases!!

      2 Timothy 2:15-16 (NKJV) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

      Romans 10:17 (NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

      With love in Christ!
      Patricia

  3. I still think of the time years ago (before my faith was as strong) my MIL stated “I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter WHAT you believe as long as you believe in something, right?” Obviously, I needed to address that so I did, quoting that Jesus said He was the Way, the Truth and the Life & got jumped on. “The Bible is written by MEN, etc.” I came back with “scripture is God-breathed” but that doesn’t have much affect on someone who doesn’t believe.

    1. I’ve definitely heard that argument before, and when I first accepted Christ my own brother told me he didn’t know who I was anymore! That kind of response does more than sting, BUT I’m reminded that it’s God’s Word being rejected, not me. The Bible tells us “he who has ears, let him hear”. This is not mentioned once, but several times and I believe it comes with the realization that while we’re all capable of hearing and receiving The Truth, all men are not willing to listen. Continue to be in prayer for those who don’t believe, and let your light shine as a prime example of the goodness of God!!

      1. You’re right…some people do NOT have the ears & heart to hear. It’s hard sometimes to me to know how much to say, etc. That conversation with my MIL did STING badly! She’s very confrontational, judgmental and holds grudges (I love her anyway) and I’m not, so I have to confess that it’s flavored what things I say or don’t say to her. I realize that I’m not supposed to worry about what others think of me – just God – but I find it difficult to get past that with family. 🙂 So I will continue to pray…

        1. Chrystal, that description sounds like a few people I know! Family can certainly be tricky and there’s nothing wrong with addressing them with caution and sensitivity. My brother, for example, doesn’t respond to brow-beating so while never denying Christ in our conversations, I have to be subtle. I’m not going to lie, family is challenging for me too because their rejection hurts more than an acquaintance or stranger, and you want so badly to take them with you to eternity. Also, they seem to have the keenest memory of who you were pre-Jesus and they don’t always let you forget it. His Word tells us that while one plants another one waters, it’s God who will give the increase! He always finishes what He started and we don’t have to worry that we’re the only ones that can be used to witness to the people closest to us. Continue to walk in wisdom and God is faithful to answer your prayers…and on His timetable!! 😉

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