“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
Lately I have heard a number of people make the comment, “I have my religion and you have yours.” In other words, don’t bother me about my religion – – just “bug off!” The idea is that these individuals believe what they choose and do not want to be questioned about it.
This is a rather naïve and tragic way to deal with reality that has eternal consequences! The issue is not about one’s denominational label or the title of one’s belief system. The ultimate issue is one of truth! (I am defining truth as that which corresponds to reality). What is real? What is true? What is ultimate? What if the God you reject is the creator of this universe. What if Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, is the only way to heaven and one’s ultimate Judge? What if the Bible is truly the Word of the living God? More than 10,000 contradictory belief systems in the world cannot all be right in the same way and at the same time – – at the most, only one belief is true and I propose that it consists of a relationship God has provided for mankind through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ – – not religion or ritual, but a relationship based on His sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection.
The apostle John concludes, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Enslaving religion, no! Liberating Truth, yes! “But as many as received Him (Christ), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).