I was recently asked the question above. How to answer such a question? The real question is whether religions other than Christianity are acceptable to God. So what about religions other than Christianity?
In essence, what they do is reject Jesus as the savior and son of God. What is the result of that? Jesus said to Thomas in John 14:6, "...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Notice that He said THE way, not A way! God says that we must come to him through his son, that is, by Christianity.
The response that I got was, "That seems unloving to me".
If there was another way to remove our sin, that separates us from God, would a loving God have sent his Son to die for us? God is loving. The offer of grace is made to all! 2nd Peter 3:9 instructs us, "The Lord... is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
However, God is also just. We have to accept the grace that God offers in the way that he told us. In fact, if we don't accept His grace His way, but try and find another way, we are rejecting His grace. So I ask, what will we do?
|Reject his grace by ignoring God's Word, choosing another way, or religion that seems right to us? (see Proverbs 16:25)||Or||Accept his grace by listening to and believing His Word (Romans 10:17)|
|Reject his grace by continuing to walk in darkness||Or||Accept his grace by repenting and beginning to walk in the light. Luke 13:3 warns, "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish"|
|Reject his grace by being ashamed to confess him before men||Or||
Accept his grace by confessing Jesus with our mouth. Luke 9:26, "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels" Also, Romans 10:10, "with the mouth confession is made unto salvation"
Reject his grace by refusing to be immersed in water
for the purpose of being forgiven of sin
|Or||Accept his grace by going down into the water of baptism like the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8:35-38. Also, see I Peter 3:20-21|
As Christians, are we continuing to accept God's grace by maintaining our fellowship with Him? I John 1:6-7 says, "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin"
Or are we rejecting God and His grace by loving the world? I John 2:15 says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
Jesus said in John 12:48, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." That applies to all religions, including the Jews. Do the Jews accept Jesus and receive His words or reject Jesus and His words?
Shouldn't we take the beam out of our own eye (Luke 6:41-42) and see where we stand with God before we worry about other groups of people? II John 1:9 warns that, "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." What are we doing? Are we abiding in the doctrine of Christ, having both the Father and the Son?
This is a decision that each of us makes every day, and is making right now. Can we help you to accept and abide in the Grace of God?
-- Zachary Van Tassel, May 2003--