Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

One True God and People of other Faith

Dr. Derry Rajan
Austin MTC, Austin.

7 Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist!
 

Apostle John has cautioned that there are some who teach and propagate the gospel, deviating from the truth. The Bible emphatically states that Jesus came in flesh and he suffered and died as a man on the cross.
Truth is exclusive and it does not change. The Bible stands the tests of verification on historical and geographical aspects and also on the high degree of accuracy of manuscripts. Bible is written over a period of one thousand five hundred years by forty different authors, who have been inspired  by the Holy Spirit. Accuracy of the Biblical text has been corroborated by both Christian and non Christian scholars alike. 
Buddhism is a non theistic religion. Hinduism is polytheistic and teaches rebirth and "works" as a means to salvation. Islam is a monotheistic religion which denies the Lordship of Christ. There is no religion except Christianity that elaborates on the sins and weakness of man and how a loving God reaches out to man to redeem him from the fallen state.
Dr. Ravi Zacharias aptly states “My premise is that the popular aphorism that 'all religions are fundamentally the same and only superficially different' simply is not true. It is more correct to say that all religions are, at best, superficially similar but fundamentally different…”. 
The believers in Jesus Christ have a good reason to base their faith in the Lord. To claim that a person is arrogant for a religious view that is true, is beyond reason. But that should not lead them to arrogance. We should love others and lead them to the truth. We have reasons to disagree but should be respectful of others’ view. We need to always remember that God desires all people to be His flock and in this we have a mission.
Jesus asked “Who do you say I am”….therein, lies the key to one’s salvation.


PRAYER

Help us, O Lord to present You through our lives in a sincere and loving way. Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
"yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist." 1 Corinthians 8:6