“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”
We live in a society with an ever increasing spirit of relativism, meaning that there is no true moral absolutes, but you do what you feel is right and I will do what I feel is right. With relativism, there is no real concrete foundation by which to build your life, you simply do what is right in your own eyes. The only thing that is absolutely wrong is saying that there are absolutes.
What this does, in a sly way, is cancel out God. For God created all things through Himself, by Himself and for Himself, and through Him alone do all things consist. Because He skillfully designed us from our outward appearance to the depths of our soul, He also gave us decrees’ by which we should live; decrease that flow out of His very nature; For He is faithful, loving, just, kind, merciful, gracious, righteous, and true, and desires that we would also partake of this nature.
But in a world that loves sin and hates what is right, commands like “do not commit adultery” don’t settle well. The world hates the light and will not come to the light lest its deeds should be exposed. But since God created all things, He has also given us moral absolutes and solid truths no matter if we acknowledge them or not.
Jesus said things that were very exclusive, such as He alone was the only way to the Father, and that without Him we remain under God’s wrath, condemned and without hope (John 14:6; John 3:36). This would mean that if Jesus is absolutely true, then Buddhism is not true, nor Hinduism nor Islam, nor the god of the Mormons or Jehovah’s witnesses. This would mean that anything that contradicts Jesus teachings is a lie and a deceit.
What do you believe? You have to make a stand on the truth! All believers have to stand for what we believe, and the world will hate us for it, because they don’t want to hear truth. Do not fear, brothers and sisters, but stand up for the truth, so that the world might hear and believe and be saved.
Love in Christ Jesus, Jonathan Ball
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