There are many sayings that attempt to describe God. God is love. God is everywhere. God is divine. None of these sayings would ever give the full picture of God. There is simply no way to encompass all that God is in a few simple words.
Many believe in a god. It may not be the one true God, but they believe in a god that is in charge. They want to believe that there is some purpose to the way that they live. They have a need to be secured in the notion that there is a god of some kind, whether they admit it or not.
The ones that pronounce themselves as atheists and those that use the notion of a god as a lip service tool are not the objects of this piece. I want to talk to those of you that believe in a god, and ask you why you donít believe in the one true God. For those of you who do believe in ďI Am,Ē donít go to sleep. You may get an idea of how to talk to someone else about this. For those that claim to be atheistic, pay attention. You may not be the center of the debate, but you can read this, write me, and we can discuss why your way takes more faith than mine.
Have you ever noticed the many gods that people follow? Iím not talking about the idols that can take up our lives. Iím talking about the ones that have peopleís names. Buddha, Allah, Mother Nature, Zeus, Odin, or whatever else they can come up with. There are a great many ďgodsĒ in this world. I am not going to go through all of them. My publisher wants me to keep this to around five pages. What I am going to do is point out some of the things that they all have in common with each other, and how they differ with Jehovah.
One of the first things that I notice is how all of these gods are human. They may act in some divine fashion, but they still act according to how a human would act. Zeus was renowned for having sex with earth women and throwing temper tantrums. Odin only allowed warriors into the halls of Valhalla. Buddha said that we get reincarnated until we reach the final stage of enlightenment.
What are these gods saying? That they are all they creation of the human mind. A god that thinks like a human was created by a human. Showing a temper and not righteous anger is a human trait. A need for sexual fulfillment is a human trait. Respecting what a man does to allow him to a paradise is a human trait. Saying that you get as many chances as you need to get it right is a human trait.
None of these gods are divine in nature. They were created by men. Why? Because man has a distinct need to worship. He has a need to know that his life means something and that he has a purpose on this world. Without that purpose, he is aimlessly wandering the globe with nothing to do.
People want to know that their life is going to leave a lasting impression. It may be to their family, friends, or the community at large. They want their lives to mean something. They should. Making a difference in someoneís life is about the most rewarding thing you can do. I have a teacher that reads these articles. I can honestly say that he made a difference in my life. He was my high school history teacher and soccer coach. He was also the man that took me under his wing and showed me that there is more to this world than what I saw. Heís still making a difference in me.
To this end I make this statement: There is only one God and one way to heaven. I can do nothing to get there on my own. I am not worthy to stand before my God on my own. I am not worthy to speak His name on my own. And thatís the way I like it.
A bunch of you probably just got lost in the discussion. Let me clarify. The God I worship is divine, holy, and unchanging. These are the most important attributes to me, and Iíll tell you why. First, He is divine. His ways are not my ways. He does not think like me, although I am trying to get in step with Him more every day. His purposes for my life are for my own good, and He wants what is best for me. A god that thinks like me may not have my best interest at heart, but his own. A false god may toy with me till he gets bored and then discard my life when it has no further use to him. Not a pleasant outlook from my perspective.
Second, He is holy. He does not tempt, nor can He be successfully tempted. He is omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere at once. That also means He sees everything at once. When I come before Him, I know that I am dealing with the One. He is pure, unabashed love, justice, and security for me. A false god would not give the impression that he is any better than you or I, and I am not holy to the extent that I should be worshipped.
Thatís what you feel when you put yourself aside and stand in the presence of the one true God. You feel the shame that is you. You feel the unworthiness that is you. You feel the sin that you represent. Then Jesus lifts your head to look into your eyes, and calms your fears. He tells you that He has made you worthy to be called a child of God. You now have the right to approach the Father as his son or daughter. And nothing you did in your life gave you that right. It was all the work of Jesus, the pure and holy sacrifice that paid the debt that could not be paid by any mortal or mortal conceived god. There is only one way to heaven, and Jesus is it. He didnít just show us the road to take. He is the road.
God is unchanging. This is a big one to me. I donít like change. I like things to stay pretty much how they are. When things change, and they always do, I am always skeptical at first. I have to be shown that the new way is better than the old, and thatís not easy.
God is the same now as He was ten thousand years ago, when I think He created Adam. God is just as caring now, just as loving now, and just as holy now as He was back then. He has not changed one bit. He does things just as He did for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The same God that parted the Red Sea saw man pass the Roe vs. Wade decision. The same God that flooded the Earth because of manís sin saw the Time magazine article asking ďIs God Dead?Ē And the same God that obliterated Sodom and Gomorrah for their sin is looking down on States that are passing same sex marriage laws. He hasnít changed, and everyone one day is going to find that out.
Only God, the one true God, is worthy to be worshipped. We did not create Him. He created us. He is on a standard that we cannot even imagine. Why would you want to worship a god that acts just the way you do? Because it makes you look better. Youíre still believing that you are not a bad person. You havenít accepted the fact that you are a sinner in need of a savior. You still believe that what you are doing will earn you some points when you stand before the Creator of all.
The only thing you are dong is believing the lie that started in the Garden of Eden. ďYou shall not surely die. God knows that when you eat of the fruit, that you shall be like Him, knowing good from evil.Ē A paraphrase, but the itís the general idea. The part that Satan left out was that fact that we would not surely dieÖ.not immediately anyway. By disobeying God and bringing sin into the world, Adam and Eve made sure that we would all die. Not right off the bat, but death became assured. We donít know good from evil either. It does not come naturally to us. We have to be taught what is right and what is wrong.
Some of you may not believe what I am saying. Some of you may still feel committed to your way of doing things. You believe that a God of love would not toss you into the fiery pit because you were a pretty good boy during your life and you deserve to get into Heaven. My friend, what you deserve is the pit of damnation. You have a chance right now to stay out of there forever by believing in Jesus as the only way to Heaven and admitting your sin. He will forgive you right now, no lines and no waiting. Heís waiting to do this for you, because He doesnít want to see anyone go to Hell.
As for you who still donít believe me, I have only one question to ask. What if youíre wrong? If Iím wrong, then nothing happens. I get reincarnated and start the whole thing over again. Or I go to Allah or Zeus and plead my case. Or I go to purgatory for a few years and burn off the bad and get into Heaven anyway. Or I just get planted into the ground and fertilize the weeds. It really doesnít matter what happens if Iím wrong.
But if youíre the one with the flawed doctrine, and you miss the opportunity to claim the one true way to Heaven, then you are on a one way train to Hell and there is no way to ever get out. It will be an eternity of torment and torture. Fire that burns but does not burn you up. Demons that have only one mission, and that is to see you suffer for the rest of eternity, and that means that it never stops. NEVER. Can you lie on your death bed knowing that there are doubts in your mind about the next stage of life, and thatís the eternal life? Can you die peacefully knowing that you are not as prepared as you could be? Can you go to work tomorrow knowing that this may be the last chance you will ever have to know without a shadow of a doubt that you are secured into the Book of Life? DONíT TAKE THAT CHANCE! Be sure. You can know. Call me, call your pastor, ask a friend or co-worker, find a local church that preaches the Bible. Do something. Donít just sit there. I check my email twice a day. Iíll ask the question once more. What if youíre wrong?
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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