Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

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Introduction

How can Christians be so sure they’re right and everyone else is wrong? Isn’t that being exclusive or arrogant?

  • Exclusive – Not shared: available to only one person or group.
  • Arrogant – Having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people.

What do people say?

Christianity is exclusive. If Christianity is true, then Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”

Study 5: God’s Remedy

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Study 5: God’s Remedy

Sinful man is separated from a Holy God. Not because God moved away from us, but because we moved away from Him. Yet everything that man has ever tried to end the separation has been unsuccessful. And what’s more, there is nothing we can do on our own that will ever be successful. Thus, the answer to the question – “what must we do to be saved?” – is all too clear. There is nothing we can do. But God was not satisfied with that being the end of the story. He still has a plan for us. His love and grace provides a remedy that is acceptable to Him. It is in fact, the only remedy that is acceptable to Him.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) Continue reading “Study 5: God’s Remedy”

Who Will Intercede?

Who Will Intercede?

1 Samuel 2:25“If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for Him?” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Today, of course, we know that the answer to this rhetorical question is Jesus Christ. He is qualified to intercede and is accepted by God.

My Advice – You have a relationship with God because you have a relationship with His Son. Make sure you maintain a good relationship with Jesus, by trying to live your life in a way that would be pleasing to Him. If it is pleasing to Him, it will be pleasing to God.

Consider The Consequences

Consider The Consequences

A couple weeks ago, the Sunday amusing was entitled “Consider The Possibilities.” Seriously considering the possibilities inevitably leads to a decision as to which of the possibilities one believes and chooses to follow.  But what if one chooses wrong?

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For this, one must consider the consequences if they are wrong.

The Shepherd – “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.” 

The Sheep – “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ ” 

The Goats – “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ “

 The Consequences – “Then they [the goats] will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous [the sheep] to eternal life.”

(Excerpts from Matthew 25:31–46, NIV 1984).

These are the words of Jesus.  The same Jesus who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV 1984)

The sheep come to the Father through Jesus.  The goats do not. If the sheep are wrong about God and Jesus, it matters little.  There is no hell, or hereafter.  From dust we came and to dust we return, along with the goats.  On the other hand, if the goats are wrong, it matters much.  Death is not the end, but eternal punishment for the goats, but eternal life for the sheep.   If Jesus is right about being the only way to the Father He is also right about the consequences.

In the words of Snoopy, “has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?”  You want to be right about this one.

 

 

 

 

Consider The Possibilities

Consider The Possibilities

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.” (Yogi Berra)

This is one of the many amusing quotes from Yogi Berra, who played Major League Baseball for 19 years with the New York Yankees. During his career, Yogi played on 10 World Series Championship teams, ending up as a MLB Hall of Famer. Despite some awe-inspiring stats, and being considered one of the best catchers in baseball history, he may be just as well known his for his less than polished use of English and his nonsensical quotes.  Yet behind the comical quotes, often lies some wisdom, intentional or otherwise.

This quote reminds me Continue reading “Consider The Possibilities”

A Christ-Like Attitude

Step 2 – A Christ-Like Attitude

“Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.”  (Matthew 11:29)

A: Discovering the Truth

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It seems almost contradictory that the Creator of the universe, exhibiting the fullness of God, with everything under His power, would choose the role of a servant.  Knowing that everything was under His power He could have exercised that power.  Instead He set the example of a servant.  If He, the Master, prefers to serve, how can we, the servant, choose anything else?  Continue reading “A Christ-Like Attitude”