One of the most toxic lies from the pit of hell is that all religions lead to God; that we all basically worship the same God. That is so easily disputed that a junior high debate student could destroy that myth in the first round. How so?
Christianity is the only religion that believes in a risen Savior. All other religions either believe in becoming gods themselves, worship animals, worship a statue, or worship a dead so-called prophet.
On Resurrection morning, Mary Magdalene and the other women with her went to Jesusâ€™ tomb to finish His burial preparation. I am so thankful for Luke the doctorâ€™s Gospel because as any good doctor would do, he interviewed all the eyewitnesses and doesnâ€™t leave out the smallest detail. The other three Gospels leave out this particular conversation:
â€œNow on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, â€˜Why do you seek the living among the dead?â€™â€ (Luke 24:1-5)
And that is the question as Christians we need to ask those whom seek any god other than the Resurrected Christ. â€œWhy do you seek the living among the dead?â€
Siddhartha Buddha was not even a god; he was a man like you and me and is dead and now represented by a statue.
The so-called Prophet Mohammed was a violent malcontent and pedophile who invented a religion to gain power and prestige.
Joseph Smith was also a violent malcontent and polygamist who invented a religion called Mormonism and died in a violent shootout with a lynching mob while awaiting trial for inciting a riot, unlike the official LDS story of martyrdom.
Hinduism is a conglomeration of beliefs and different gods and spirits.
So it is easy to see that not all religions lead to the same god because all of these religions and belief system do not believe in the same god even among themselves. None of them are coexistent. And the Apostle Paul warned against such heresy:
â€œI marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.â€ (Galatians 1:6-9)
And because Rick Warren is preaching a different gospel, on the Word of God I say let him be accursed.
If on Resurrection Sunday we cannot speak the truth of the gospel and have to put on raffles and Easter shows and mingle our Risen Savior with the pagan practices of this world, then when can we? I got this email from a lady in response to last Fridayâ€™s devotional:
Preach on, Bro Dave. I appreciate your honesty. It is something we all need to hear. We have never done Santa or the Easter bunny or anything like that with the boys. We want them to know that Jesus is enough! He’s all we need. Keep on writing the truth. So few are doing that these days!
I do not share this with you to reveal her encouragement to me but to have you concentrate on her third and fourth sentences. I know this family very well; I consider her husband one of the Timothys in my life. I also know their two little boys who couldnâ€™t be any happier if you tried. And somehow they are able to celebrate Jesusâ€™ birth, death, and resurrection in a Biblical manner. Why? Because Jesus is enough. Would to God more Christian parents embrace this truth. I know I wish I would have!
Beloved this is not to beat anybody up on Easter Sunday; it is to get us to allow the truth to transform us by the renewing of our minds. Jesus is enough!
Can you say that?
Jesus is enough!
One day the church in America will rise up and say, â€œJesus is enough!â€
One day we who call ourselves Christians will ask those seeking God, â€œWhy do you seek the living among the dead? He is Risen!â€
One day as Christians instead of saying â€œHappy Easterâ€ we will say as a greeting, â€œHe is Risen!â€ and the reply will be…
… â€œHe is Risen indeed!â€
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