There is one thing satan does not want and that is for anyone to come to have a relationship with Jesus. He's crafty, the prince of liars, and will do anything to challenge Christ's call to salvation -- including make other religions.
We have this mental image of someone who worships satan, but he is far trickier than just having satanists in his camp. It's call strategy. You make other religions that don't seem as hostile or evil as satan worshiping, and lead people far from God. You even put the word "church" in the name and lead an entire congregation straight to hell -- willingly. satan has also been known to conjure the idea that there are many roads that lead to God: Hindu, Buddha, Baha'i, Mohammad, Oprah -- but ultimately, those are dead-end roads that lead straight to hell.
The very first commandment is "You shall have no other gods before me," Deuteronomy 5:7. Number one, no addendums, no "yes, buts..." and no "MY god would never have any other gods before him or her." When you say "MY god," you have NO god. God never contradicts Himself in Scripture. He says, paraphrasing, "I AM GOD. I AM THE WAY."
God, being God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- known as the Holy Trinity -- is ALL God. This concept of the Trinity cannot be explained....our wee little human brains cannot understand this. To understand God is to not know God. Adam and Eve each took a bite out of the fruit off the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and it made them realize they were naked and that they had disappointed and sinned against God. God's awesomeness is too incredible and too glorious for us to understand in these noon-resurrection bodies. The concept of the Trinity must be accepted and taken on faith. If God explained it all out, there would be no need for faith. Jesus is as much God as God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
John 14:5-6 gives us an exchange between His disciple Thomas (of the doubting fame) and Himself: "Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
No one can go to God the Father except through Jesus. You can't work your way to God. You can't believe in any one or anything and think you're going to die and go to heaven. Jesus is the only way. He is Truth and He is Life.
Yet, cunning satan wants us to believe that this is "intolerant." If believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who took my sins upon Him when He died, then rose again three days later, ascended into heaven and will come back for me one day -- if believing in Jesus is intolerant, than I don't want to be tolerant. There are no tolerance police....but there is a Judgement Seat, and in that Judgement Seat is the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Revelation 20:11-15 ~ "Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire," [emphasis added].
How do you get your name written in the book of life? You repent of your sins and believe in Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. You see, satan would have you believe all sorts of things, like being in a youth group or going on a mission trip, or having Christian parents is all you need to know Jesus. He would have you believe that Jesus is not the Way. He leads millions of people down a very wide road to destruction. Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it," [Matthew 7:13].
Jesus died and rose again so that we may share Life with Him, and not just in heaven, but now. My husband was shot right after Thanksgiving in an attempted armed robbery. He is alive but paralyzed. We could not -- cannot -- get through the massive changes his paralysis and the shooting have caused our family without faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus has given us hope, and the peace that passes all understanding, and the knowledge that in this life, my husband may not walk again, but in heaven -- oh, in heaven, because he knows Jesus as his Savior, in heaven he will walk and bow his knees before Jesus the King of Kings.
Do you know Jesus? Do you believe He is the only Way? Believing in Jesus but also believing there are shortcuts and roundabouts on the way to God is believing in a lie straight from the sulfuric mouth of satan. Tolerance for believing in multiple paths to God the Father is the jeweled necklace satan wears his neck.
In Christ Alone,
(c) 2016 Terrie McKee
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