“I try to respect other people’s religions”, the man said to me.
“But you don’t want to give up your own religion?” I said to the man.
“That’s right,” the man said to me.
“But what if Jesus …”
I was going to say, “But what if Jesus wanted you to give up your own religion?”
But as though he was expecting me to ask that, the man quickly said, “I’m sorry, I have to go now,” and cut me off.
I sensed the Holy Spirit saying to me, “Let him go. He knows what you want to say. You’ve done your part. You’ve shared with him from your heart. You cannot push him. He must be led — by my Spirit. You’ve shared with him your testimony about how Jesus Christ came into your life. You’ve told him about the fact that without the shedding of (Christ’s) blood there is no forgiveness. You have told him that Christ claimed to be the only way to having a personal relationship with God as Father and the only means by which a person can be saved. You’ve told him everything he needs to know, in fact, for him to put his faith in Christ for the forgiveness of his sins.”
The sad part was that I also sensed the Holy Spirit saying to me, “But he has chosen willfully not to accept it. He can’t deny that what you said is real. He has to own up to that fact now. What you’ve given him is good meat to chew on. Now, he has to deal with his convictions — the ones that I am giving him right now.”
And at that the man left my presence.
The preceding is a true account of (the tail end) of a conversation I had with a co-worker of mine, who told me that he enjoyed watching Robert Schuller’s “Hour of Power”.
“I like the positive aspect of it,” the man had said to me.
But although he enjoyed the positive aspect to the program, yet he had not committed his life to Christ. He was as yet, unsaved.
He had not come to that point where he was willing to embrace Christ as *the* Lord and Savior of his life. As far as he was concerned, Christ was but *one* “god” among many so-called “gods”. Christ was not the *only* way; he was but one of *many* ways to God. As far as he was concerned, he didn’t have to live his life for Christ; he could live his life for one of these other “gods” that existed out there!
What is the truth? Is Christ just “one” way to get to God? Or is he the *only* way? If he is just *one* way, then it is okay to follow other gods. But if he is the *only* way, then as uncomfortable as this may seem, we must “lay down” all other “gods” that are in our lives.
What does the Bible say?
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
(Jesus said), “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.” (John 10:8)
“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:10-13)
I pray that today, more than ever, you will make it your aim to be absolutely “sure” about where you are going when you die. For you never know. Tomorrow may never come.