Aren’t They All the Same?

Posted: October 18, 2011 in Pastor Posts

I was in the Verizon Wireless store today shopping for a new cell phone. Although I was pretty sure I wanted to get an Apple iPhone, I figured there was no harm in looking at some of the other options. I realized quickly that there are not just a few options but in fact there are TONS of cell phones to choose from. As I looked at all the different phones I started to realize that for the most part they all do the same things. You can make calls, send text messages, surf the internet, download apps, and take pictures. Although some brands and phones haven been proven to be better quality (iPhone J), they are all for the most part similar devices with similar features.

It’s probably not news to you that we live in a society where religion and faith are viewed the same way. We live in a society that insists “truth is what you want it to be”, “everything is relative”, and “all roads of faith lead to the same God.” Just like the mobile phone industry when it comes to faith and religion we are told to “choose what works best for you, because they are all pretty much the same.” This postmodern, relativistic type of attitude and belief couldn’t be further from the truth. How do we know this? Well to find the truth we need to go to the source of all truth, which is God and His Word.

Right before Jesus is betrayed, arrested, and crucified Luke gives an account of Jesus’ prayer in thegardenofGethsemane.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

                                                                                                Luke 22:42

In this moment of anguish we see our Lord, sweating drops of blood, and essentially asking the Father, “Is there any other way?” Jesus, being God in the flesh, knew the Father’s plan for mankind. He knew the Father’s plan to redeem mankind and to offer forgiveness and eternal life through the death of His one and only Son. But in His humanity He realized the sacrifice and suffering ahead of Him and sincerely asks the Father, “Is there any other way for us to save them?”

We can read the rest of Luke’s account to find out the answer to that question. There was no other way. There was no other way to forgive mankind for their sin. There was no other way to bridge the separation of mankind from their Creator. There was only one way; and that was the death and resurrection of God’s perfect Son, Jesus.

You see this idea that “every road of faith leads to the same God” is false because there is only one way that actually fixes our problem of sin and separation from our Creator. The religions of the world teach that we can fix ourselves. That through rituals, sacraments, pillars, and good works we can do enough to make up for our sin and get back into the relationship with God that we were created for. But the truth is that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. The truth is that we could never be good enough to make up for our sin. The truth is that we are all sinners desperately in need of a Savior who can fix us, because we know we could never fix ourselves. Praise God that in His astounding mercy and immense love, He made a way to fix us and bring us back to what we were created for, a relationship with Him.

So, although the mobile industry may offer phones that are all pretty much the same, this is not the case when it comes to mankind and its problem of sin and separation from the Creator. There is only one way, and His name is Jesus.

Written by Pastor Ben


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