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The True Faith

May 28, 2012 Leave a comment

In the world, there must be a true religion among all of the various competing ones. I do not think that God reveals different conflicting truths to different peoples. There must be one true faith among several false ones.

Christianity claims to be the true religion. Islam and Judaism do, too. Hinduism claims to be an umbrella for all religions. Buddhism is a religion without a god. So, all monotheistic and polytheistic religions are false religions to a Buddhist. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism teach that the dead will one day be resurrected. Hindus and Buddhists teach reincarnation.

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus was exclusive when speaking about salvation (St. Matt. 10:32,33,37-39; 11:27; St. John 3:5; 5:40; 6:51-57; 14:6), but He was inclusive when extending an invitation to be saved (St. Matt. 11:28-30; St. Luke 14:16-24). He did not teach universalism. He did not teach that all religions are essentially true. He claimed to be the Truth (St. John 14:6) and be the One who reveals the truth (St. John 18:37).

The religion He spoke of had reference to Himself. He equated Himself with God and even claimed to be God. (St. John 5:18,23; 8:56-58; 10:30-33) He claimed to be God among us. (St. John 10:30,38; 12:44,45; 14:9) He claimed to be the Light of the world (St. John 8:12; 12:46), the Door into the sheepfold (St. John 10:7-9), the One by whom everyone must come to the Father (St. John 14:6). He claimed to be the One who will call the dead out of the graves on the last day (St. John 5:26-29; 6:40,44,54; 11:23-26). He claimed to be the One who will judge the world in righteousness. (St. Matt. 13:37-43; 25:31-46; St. John 5:22,27)

In his Epistle to the Ephesians, St. Paul said that there is one faith, not several.  (Eph. 4:5)

To think that all religions are essentially true is to say that God’s revelation to man is contradictory.

Christians are Trinitarian. They believe that there is only one God, but He is three distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Godhead, according to Christian doctrine, is God in His entirety, but is distinct from the other Two Persons of the Godhead. All Three Persons share the same essence, or substance. Christians believe that the Second Person of the Godhead assumed human flesh and blood from His Virgin Mother, created a human soul for Himself at the moment of conception, and lived among men after being born in Bethlehem. The name of this God-Man is Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The Hindus say that God is formless and includes all forms. They have many gods that they believe are different forms of the same God. They are non-Trinitarian, but monotheistic.

The Jews are likewise non-Trinitarian but monotheistic. They do not believe that Jesus is God in the flesh.

The Muslims reject the Trinitarian doctrines of Christians. They, like the Jews, worship a Unitarian god and not the Trinitarian One of the Christians. Muslims say that Mohammed is a prophet. Jews and Christians say he is not.

The Buddhists worship Buddha who is, according to them, some Supersaint who has achieved enlightenment. They are atheists. They say that there is no God.

Of all the world’s religions, many must be wrong and only one is right. Just as the grass is green and not purple, the sun is hot and not cold, so either truth is true or it ceases to be truth at all.