Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Monday, March 15, 2010

"Ray, I'm sure you wouldn't object to someone trading in your Koran, Ghagavad Gita, Book of Mormon or any other religious book for a Bible... what's the difference?" Abe

Why would I want someone to give up their religious book? However, I would gladly give them a Bible in addition to their religious book, because there is a huge difference between "religious" books and the Scriptures. It is not just the continuity of the message of the Bible (the promise that God would destroy the power of death), or the amazing Bible prophecies that run through it, but it’s that it has a unique message. From beginning to end it tells us that man cannot make himself right with God through his religious works. God gave His Law (the Ten Commandments) to reveal how morally perfect He is, how sinful we are and to show us that the leap we are trying to make by offering good works in exchange for immortality is like trying to jump the widest part of the Grand Canyon blindfolded and with your legs tied together.

That leaves us with a knowledge that the only way we can be saved from death and Hell is by His mercy, and then He provided that through the suffering death of Jesus of Nazareth on the cross. Then He raised Him from death, and offered everlasting life as a free gift to whoever would repent and trust in the Savior. No religious book has a message anywhere near anything like the one in the Bible.