“For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He swore by Himself—saying, ‘Surely, blessing I will bless you, and multiplying, I will multiply you’.”
When we remember Who He is and base our faith/lives upon Him, we need look anywhere else.
Oh how subtle the sin of syncretism—that blending together of several beliefs in an attempt to accommodate and be sensitive to our pluralistic society; yet, in so doing the Truth is diluted or watered down, leaving an adulterated counterfeit.
How we must remember that Christianity is not just one religion among many; neither is the God of Abraham just one god among many. A thousand times no!
Christianity is not a religion or a belief-system whereby we try to find or appease God; it is a relationship with the one true-and-living God of the universe! And, it’s only when we come to Him the way He prescribes that we’ll ever be able to “know Him” (Phil. 3:10).
The world doesn’t see it that way. They believe such a belief is eccentric and exclusionary, critical and condemning, narrow-minded and out-of-touch with reality.
But, dear Pilgrim, their problem is not with us; it’s with God Himself (Jn. 16:18-25).
When Moses returned to Egypt and told Pharaoh—the most powerful ruler on the earth, who believed himself to be the supreme god among many gods—that God said “Let My People go” (Ex. 5:1), he responded “Who is the Lord that I should obey His Voice to let Israel go?” (v.2); or, “Who is your ‘god’ that I should let them go?!?”
Truly, to him, it was a “war of the gods.”
And, no one was going to tell him what to do! And, it was the idea of a rival god that caused him to harden his heart in stubborn defiance.
Believe it or not, the same continues until this day. The descendants of Nimrod are still with us, always “wanting to make a name for themselves and build a tower that reaches up to Heaven” (Gen. 11:4).
But, no tower can ever reach God; neither can any manmade bridge span the mighty gulf that separates man from God (Lk. 16:26). Only Jesus’ Blood on the Cross can do that!
Therefore, do not be misled or intimidated by those who talk of comparative religions and one religion being just as good as another. Neither be seduced into believing there are many paths that lead to God or “We’re all trying for the same place; we’re just taking different roads.”
That’s a lie from the evil one, dear Pilgrim—for there’s only “One Way” (Jn. 14:6).
When God “promised Abraham He would bless and multiply him (Gen. 22:17), He couldn’t swear by anyone else” like a witness does in a courtroom when he lays his hand on the Bible and says “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, SO HELP ME, GOD.” There was “no greater”! Our God is the INCOMPARABLE God. And, He is sufficient for all our needs. Take Him at His Word and rest in Who He is (Heb. 11:6).
By Tom Smith Morning Manna February 7, 2011