Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“Christ Or No One"

    Imagine for a moment that the impossible could happen, namely, that we could be convinced that the Bible is not true, and that the God it declares does not exist.  Would you believe in any other God or religious proposition?

    I for one would not.  No other spiritual contention offers a rationale for the confidence that something or someone exists beyond ourselves.  I won't take the time to address specific religions or their messages.  Nor do I mean to be disrespectful to those who devote themselves to other claims about God, or gods.  I would simply affirm that only Christianity, Biblical and authentic Christianity, makes sense in its affirmations of Divinity and Truth.

    Of course, the reason for this is that Biblical and authentic Christianity is true.  Other religious claims, while perhaps borrowing factual realities from God and Scripture in some of their propositions, nevertheless crash and shatter against the rocks of reality.  The more one considers their claims, the more it becomes evident that they do not square with reality.  Conversely, the more one ponders the truths of the Bible in their proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ and God's personal and historical involvement through His Son, the more Truth rings in our hearts and minds.  Having read and studied the Scriptures for nearly four decades, I am more convinced of their veracity in this moment than ever.  The Bible is true.  The Lord Jesus is "the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).  The God of the Bible is the living and true God.  And, in terms of our present consideration, all other gods are false and non-existent.

    The skeptic will accuse me of bias.  This is true.  I am partisan, unashamedly and unapologetically, to the degree that if I could possibly discover that the God of Scripture does not exist, I would entertain no notion of transferring faith to someone or something else.  Bias, however, does not always mean that one is wrong about his or her perspective.  We want to have a bent toward truth and reality.  No serious believer denies the unadulterated declaration of the Lord Jesus, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man cometh unto the Father but by Me" (John 14:6).  Nor can any serious believer consider that other options would exist if the impossible could happen.  It is Christ or no one.  It is the Bible, or no Truth.  It is the Way, or no way.  Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.  Our Lord Himself confines us to this conviction of Christ alone, Christ only.  The more we know Him, the more we realize how real He is, and how worthy He is of our undiluted affirmation - Christ or no one.

"I am the Lord and there is none else.  There is no god beside Me."
(Isaiah 45:5)
"Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under Heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved."
(Acts 4:12)

Weekly Memory Verse
    Come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
(Isaiah 2:5)

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