My Musings – Wow! Talk about being intolerant, insensitive, and lacking political correctness. Paul goes on to say, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing—if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?” (Galatians 3:1-5). In other words, it is grace alone through faith in Christ alone. Any variation from this is a perversion of the Gospel. It is, in fact, no gospel at all. This message was not an invention of Paul. Jesus Himself said that He was the only way. Other “gospels” and religions may seem attractive, “shiny” and have a form of Godliness, but in the end lead to eternal death. “Not all that glitters is gold.”
But why would Paul, or any other Christian be so harsh. Notice that Paul is not expressing these sentiments to people who hear and reject the Gospel of Christ. For them he has pity and sorrow. But to those who try to lead others astray, he has no such feelings. It is one thing to be responsible for our own poor choices and decisions that affect only our soul, it is quite another to lead other souls astray. Paul allows no quarter for them.
My Advice – I know this post will not be popular with a great many. They might even make the same claims against Christianity. But if Paul was right, if Jesus was right, the stakes are high. If they were wrong, there are no stakes at all. Those are the only two possibilities – they were either right or they were wrong. You owe it to yourself to investigate the claims for yourself and make your own judgment. In the end, the decision is yours. But let it be an informed decision.