For numerous years, frosted chocolate fudge Pop-Tarts have been my breakfast of champions.
Ironically, I’ve never cared for the most popular brand name manufactured in the United States. I’d rather have a particular store brand. Then I discovered this retailer wasn’t the only one manufacturing this style of Pop-tarts. Several other retailers also had identical store brands. Shape, consistency, taste, ingredients. All the same. Probably one company manufacturing all of them and attaching different labels, depending on which retailer they’re destined for. My eyes and taste buds pronounce these dissimilar labeled Pop-tarts as equal.
When questioned, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NLT). Does this mean that, like Pop-tarts, all religions are equal? Does each one take us to a Supreme Being?
World religions have many common denominators. Most, if not all, religions have a moral code of conduct, even those that teach killing those who oppose their religion or attempt to teach an alternate one. Things such as murder, lying, stealing, and worshiping false gods are considered wrong. Having a moral code means all religions recognize humans have flaws.
All religions point to a higher being, whether one or more. From the earliest of times, humans have recognized something or someone more powerful than they were. As a result, many made and make images to represent their god or gods. Furthermore, all religions encourage harmony by promoting the unified worship of their higher beings.
Despite what all religions have in common, Christianity stands alone. All others are misrepresentations or alterations of this one true religion. Christianity promotes worship of the One True God, creator of heaven and earth, and his son Jesus, who died for the sins of humanity. Only by identifying with him can re-connection with holy God be attained.
While all religions may appear equal, and while we might wish all roads led to God, they aren’t. Jesus said he was the only way.
Are you approaching God by the only acceptable method?
Martin Wiles is an author, teacher, and freelance editor currently residing in Greenwood, South Carolina. He and his wife Michelle are founders and editors of Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles has authored Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning,Morning Serenity, Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books), Authentic Christianity (Smashwords) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), and Rise (Chaplain Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and also written for LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Open Windows, Proclaim, The Secret Place, Upper Room, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper,Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, and Power for Living. He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, and PCC Daily Devotions, and is a regular contributor for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.