The Best Religion?
Last night I read an article about a certain religion. Perhaps as religions go, it’s okay. But all religions are only mankind’s efforts to reach God, and the gulf between us and the holy, almighty God is too great for any human or man-made system to cross. Even Christianity, if it’s just rules and rituals instead of relationship with God through Jesus Christ, is as useless as any other religion.
Christianity’s Holy Bible, though, tells us about the God who created everything and who is powerful enough to raise the dead. Not only that, but this almighty God loves us. Even before He created the “very good” world, He knew it would be broken by sin. So He planned to redeem us so we could have fellowship with Him. Ephesians 1:4-5 says, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” [New Living Translation (NLT)]
The triune God knows we could not come to Him, so because He is love, He came to us. Because God is holy and just, the price of redemption for sinful people (death) is too high for anyone of us to be able to pay. However, this same righteous God took pity on us and took our punishment on Himself (Jesus), paying the price we couldn’t. What cause for rejoicing! And the good news doesn’t end there. Jesus rose from the grave, proving He had the right and power to redeem fallen mankind. Now all who trust and follow the Lord Jesus Christ can have the relationship with God that He desired from the beginning.
“Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” [Hosea 6:3 NLT (emphasis mine)]
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (I John 3:1 NLT)
The Best Religion?