Monday, June 18, 2012

Does God Believe In Religious Tolerance?

IT IS A WONDERFUL THING to live in a coun­try where there is freedom to worship God (or not) as you choose. Many people living in the world today do not have such liberties. But is our society's religious tolerance blinding us to the fact that it really does matter what you believe? The real question is: does God believe in religious tolerance?

 Jesus Is The Only Way To God

 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" (John 14:6). Notice that Jesus did not say, "I am a way," just one of many ways to God. He said, "I am the way," the only way to God.

 All Other Ways End In Destruction 

Jesus said, "Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that lead­eth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat" (Matthew 7:13). According to Jesus Himself, the way to Heaven is narrow and found by few, while the way to Hell is wide and trav­eled by many.

 God Demands Repentance

 "The times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to re­pent" (Acts 17:30). Repentance means changing your mind. God says that if you follow any other way than His way, you are living in "ignorance" and need to change your mind. That doesn't sound very tolerant, does it?

The Truth Matters 

 "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 16:25). Tolerance makes for a nice country to live in, but having the freedom to believe something doesn't make it true. Truth matters to God, and it is only by knowing, accepting, and following the truth that we can be spiritu­ally alive and free.

 What Is The Truth? 

 What is the truth about Jesus? He is God's one and only Son, who suffered and died be­cause of our sins: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoso­ever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). "Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18).
  What is the truth about us? God's verdict of mankind is not pretty. Without His salvation, we are all "dead in sins ... having no hope" (Ephesians 2:5,12). However, our sins will be taken away "if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our of­fences, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:24,25).

 Will You Accept The Truth? 

 You can go on believing some other "truth" about God and about yourself, or you can ac­cept what God says. It's your choice. Jesus said, "If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins ... If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:24,31-32). We urge you to turn to God and put your trust in Jesus Christ today: "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Source: mwtb.org

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