Following on from watching a TV programme “Tsunami- Where was God?” some time ago, I got to thinking about how the presenter had talked to those in other faiths (primarily Hinduism, Islam & Buddhism) using the generic term “God” in his conversations with them, asking questions about whether they felt angry with “God”. The glaring obvious error he was making was in assuming that they worshipped the same God he himself supposedly did in being a somewhat lapsed Catholic.
This is a fundamental error too many make in the world today whether through ignorance or design. Whether the world likes to know it or hear it, there is only ONE God – and His name is Jehovah. And the reason I can stand on that statement is not through arrogance but rather revelation. There is only one God who has not only created everything and told us about it in extensive terms (both physical e.g. creation & written i.e. the Bible), there is only one God who has revealed Himself to the world in human form i.e. Jesus, and there is only one God Who has provided a reason for and an answer to the age old problem of man’s sin/evil, through Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, and there is only one God who has provided the surety of heaven for those who are willing to accept their sinfulness, repent, and submit to Him and His Will for their lives.
The gods of other religions are false and glaringly so much of the time. The god of Islam is a god of war not peace and promotes fear, deception, and angst amongst most of his followers who have no peace of anything much nor any surety of what will happen to them when they die. Their religion of “peace” is a facade, a veneer which got overlaid on the faith after 9/11 in a means to appease the West temporarily and to promote the idea that muslims weren’t seeking trouble. However, the years since have shown that while there may indeed be many peaceful muslims their religion is certainly not one promoting peace with a plethora of verses that provoke followers to kill Jews & Christians wherever they may find them. Deception and fear are twin cohorts in this faith that uses them when it suits to force people to submit. And if they don’t – well the edge of the sword will maybe help them but if not, they can be swiftly despatched without concern. Again, I say – this is NOT the God of the Bible Who is being followed in any sense of the word. Indeed the glaring obvious difference is that the God of the Bible has a Son – Jesus – who is the Saviour of the World, and I contend that that fact stands whether both Jews & Muslims deny its truth.
“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’ Isa 45:22-23
The other faiths such as Hinduism etc are all polytheistic so how they in any sense could ever be said to be following the God of the Bible is beyond me, yet many errantly tell them that they are. I doubt they would agree themselves. The god most of these false faiths are following is more New Age in mannerisms – a god who demands total obedience, who places heavy burdens on his followers, who threatens all sorts of doom including death if not obeyed to the letter, and who ultimately will lead his followers into the pit of hell whether they accept it exists or not.
I’ve good friends who errantly think that they can follow multiple faiths at one time – a real pot pourri of beliefs because they errantly think that because they’re all following the same god it doesn’t matter, and as yet I’ve not been able to convince them otherwise, but the biggest danger lies ahead for them & all those like them, as the world is racing towards that point where there will indeed one day be a AntiChrist Global Religion made up precisely of all these people who refuse to see that there is only 1 way to God and that way is through Jesus. Once they dump Him, then anything goes and so they’ll be ripe for the picking when the false religion is brought together. It will sound SO perfect to ears that prefer a god of their own making who doesn’t make them face the fact that they are sinners bound for hell. And the groundwork has already been laid for this to happen. All we hear on the news these days is “Global……” and with Islam marching onwards in its intent to retake the world for Allah, it won’t be long before it will most likely join forces with Catholicism and the stage will then be set.
And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. Rev 13:4-8
Don’t be complacent – time is running out and you need to get right with the right God before it does. You’ve no right to the next second of life and no guarantee of it so don’t put the decision to do so off any longer. It will be too late when you suddenly find yourself in the real God’s Heavenly Courtroom and you are standing before Him with no defence, to plead ignorance or anything else in the vain hope He’ll have mercy on you then. The time for His mercy is now and that’s why He has provided so much here for you to find to gain it.
Read John chapter 3 and let Him speak to your heart and guide you in what you need to do – accept you’re a sinner before Him, repent, and accept that Jesus paid the price for your sins before a Just & Holy God and be willing to commit your life to Him. Unlike the gods of other false faiths this God will never leave you or forsake you or let you down, even when you face your own personal Tsunami in life.
Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me. John 14:6