Anyone in my family who has been around me long knows how much I hate chain email articles that claim all sorts of health and wealth breakthroughs. Especially the ones that promise the “just discovered secret” that nobody else knows for belly fat, cancer, sinus allergies, hangnails, etc. My mantra is that 99% of what you read on the internet is false. Therefore, I normally research anything I link or quote beforehand. (Can you tell where this is going?)
For those who were in Sunday School yesterday (12/29), you know the lesson was on the exclusivity of Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
As providence would have it (or so I thought), I came across a perfect article on “the internet” that illustrated the point I wanted to make about the end result when you deny the exclusivity of Christ.
This morning one of my fine Berean students (Acts 17:11) notified me I might want to check my sources.
Read it here: http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/francis.asp
Had I done my homework, I would have known that the original article was meant to be satire and not considered actual news. http://diversitychronicle.wordpress.com/disclaimer/
Therefore I must apologize for disseminating false information and I repent in dust and ashes of my badness and by God’s grace strive to be more diligent in the future. However, the point of the lesson is still valid for our practical application.
Many people view all the world’s religions as different paths leading to the same place and the same person—God. The path one takes is a matter of personal preference, but any of them will “work” and lead you to eternity with God as long as you sincerely pursue the path.
In contrast, Paul tells us we will be judged by what we did with Christ [Acts 17:31], and without faith you cannot please God [Heb. 11:6], and our self-righteous works are filthy rags [Isa. 64:6]. Standing against the idea that all religions lead to God are the words of Jesus Christ. In John 14:6, Jesus made a claim to be the exclusive path to God, saying, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Sorry for the confusion and thankful for my students who “are of more noble character – for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures/references every day to see if what Dale said was true”!