A God of love is not going to send people to hell.
Whichever religion you follow, you are going to end up in heaven; so we should all learn to be tolerant of each other. It doesn’t really make any difference what you believe, we all have our different ‘faiths’ or religions and who’s to say that one is exclusively right over all the others. Or at least, that’s the narrative that the modern world is trying push. According to this narrative, it probably doesn’t even matter if we believe in God – after all He loves us and a God of love is not going to send people to hell, is He?
The idea that all religions are all pretty much the same is completely ridiculous.
I make no apologies for saying that this is politically correct, satanically inspired, nonsense. Many work places even have so called ‘faith groups’, where people of different religions can meet and discuss together. The idea that all religions are pretty much the same, is completely ridiculous. For example, reincarnation is a central tenant of Hinduism and also Buddhism, whereas Judaism, Christianity & Islam teach that you only live this natural life once (“It is appointed unto men once to die” – Hebrews 9:27). Very clearly these differing beliefs cannot all be right, as they teach completely opposing doctrines. Hinduism also teaches that there 330 million gods; whereas Judaism, Christianity and Islam teach that there is only one true God. You cannot have it both ways, either it is true that there is one God, or it is true that there are numerous gods.
Seeking unity in the Church is a good thing.
But we do seem to have found a connection between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All three religions believe that you only live the natural life once, and all three believe that there is only one God. Let’s leave Judaism to one side, as Christianity is very firmly rooted in Judaism and we agree on much. Instead, let’s examine whether Christianity and Islam can be seen as connected in any way. Pope Francis certainly seems to think so. On 30th November 2015, he posted the following tweet:
Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters, and we must act as such.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) 30 November 2015
Now let me point out, that Pope Francis has met with various leading figures, of what you could call the Protestant Church, in an effort to promote Christian unity. Which is exactly what Jesus prayed for in John 17:22, “That they may be one, even as we are one“. I acknowledge that seeking unity in the Church is a good thing and I admire Pope Francis’ efforts in this area. But unity between religions is an entirely different matter. Overall I believe that Pope Francis is a godly man and a good leader of the Catholic Church, but in this instance he is wrong.
Christianity and Islam have absolutely nothing in common.
In the J.B. Phillips translation of Luke 6:29, Jesus said, “As for the man who hits you on one cheek, offer him the other one as well! And if a man is taking away your coat, do not stop him from taking your shirt as well“. Compare that to what Mohammed said in Quran 8:12, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them“. Christians and Muslims are not brothers and sisters, as Pope Francis claims. The two religions are total opposites. Other than the two beliefs mentioned above concerning there being only one God and only living this life once, Christianity and Islam have absolutely nothing in common. For more comparison of Jesus to Mohammed click here and / or here.
Do you really think that God would have sent Jesus to suffer, just to provide another option?
Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me“. I can remember my Religious Education teacher at school (who was also an Anglican minister) saying that Jesus meant, “I am a way, etc.“. No, He didn’t! That is total and complete nonsense. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt“. God did not reply, “Well, there is another way – several in fact. But I want to give people options. Your death will be just one of many ways of getting to Heaven“. Do you really think, that God would have sent Jesus to suffer and die, or that Jesus would have willingly come, just to provide another option, just to provide another road to heaven? No, of course not – the idea is ludicrous! So we can dismiss the myth that all religious roads lead to heaven. All religions do lead to the same place though, with exception of Christianity. Jesus put it like this in Matthew 7:13 from The Living Bible, “The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide enough for all the multitudes who choose its easy way“. The highway to hell is indeed broad, and you could say that it has many different lanes: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Atheism, Humanism, etc. Take your pick, it really doesn’t make any difference. The devil is happy to give you options; whatever you want to believe, he’s happy to accommodate you. But the truth is that all the options are just different lanes on the same road, heading in the same direction.
The Church of England is placing a higher value on the opinions of Man than on what God has actually said.
Christianity is certainly exclusive, but what about within Christianity? There seem to be many different views and opinions, why can’t we be more tolerant and get along like Jesus wanted? Recently, Anglican leaders from all over the world held a meeting in Canterbury, England to try to heal deep rifts within the church over issues such as same-sex marriage and homosexual clerics. A statement issued on Thursday 14th January 2016 acknowledged ‘deep differences’ over the understanding of marriage. But why is there so much confusion? Why does this subject require so much discussion? It is because the Church of England is placing a higher value on the opinions of Man, than on what God has actually said. Genesis 2:24 makes it clear that a marriage should be between one man and one woman, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh“. It is not complicated at all. The Bible also says in 1 Corinthians 6:9, “Don’t fool yourselves. Those who live immoral lives, who are idol worshipers, adulterers or homosexuals—will have no share in his Kingdom” (The Living Bible). All the debate could be ended, if the church leaders simply read the Bible and took it as final authority, putting personal opinions to one side.
Jesus preached peace and understanding.
An English MP and former Anglican cleric, recently said he is giving up on the Church of England for taking action against the US Episcopal Church for approving same-sex marriage, without permission. According to the MP for Rhondda, Chris Bryant, Jesus preached peace and understanding, not hatred and division. Here are a few statements from Jesus:
- “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” Matthew 23:14
- “Ye fools and blind.” Matthew 23:19
- “You are like white-washed tombs, which look fine on the outside but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all kinds of rottenness.” Matthew 23:27, J. B. Phillips translation
- “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division” Luke 12:51
Unless we tell the people of the world that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, they are going to go to hell.
Jesus was not the tolerant, ‘accepting everyone because God loves them’ person that many people seem to think. Jesus told the truth, that there is only one way to heaven – through His sacrifice on the cross. It is His example that we should be following. Unless we tell the people of the world that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, they are going to go to hell. We may be labelled as intolerant for saying it, but it’s the truth. So ignore the world’s message of tolerance and acceptance of all and determine to stand up for what is right, even if it is not considered acceptable to do so.
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