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A Bible believer’s response to “interfaith”

Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division. (Luke 12:51)

Today, we face a very large ecumenical outlook in the modern church, we see Catholics, Mormons, Protestants, and Evangelicals holding councils for unity and brotherhood. We have bishops and “popes” telling us to set aside our differences and join together. We have interfaith meetings in the U.N. but now this same attitude is in the modern churches. We have some church goers telling us all religions are true, we even had a pope tell us Christians and Muslims worship the same god. A blasphemous statement against the God of heaven, the God of Scripture.

Should all denominations and sects join together for unity? I think not. Should all religions join together? No.

And we will see from the Scriptures the truth about truth, and how it divides.

Luke 12:51-57 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.

53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.

55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.

56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

Christian exclusiveness.

Before anything else is said about interfaith, I would like to make two things clear,

1. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message for anyone to receive.

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

 

2. The Gospel excludes all other beliefs as error.

1 John 5:12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
(John 14:6)

 

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18)

Any Christian who tells you “all religions are true” has not studied the Scriptures.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

One mediator excludes Mohammed, Buddah, Krishna, Shiva, Mary, or any other person or ‘god’ from mediating between God and men. The Lord Jesus Christ does that.

Matthew 7:13  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Wide is the gate that leadeth to destruction. Does that sound like an inclusive, tolerant, statement? No.

Jesus was clear HE is the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE. Do not be deceived by any church or organization, that tells you there are many ways to God. Narrow is the way that leadeth to life.

The Scriptures are clear on being separate from the world, and separate from errors in religious doctrine.

(2 Corinthians 6:14-17) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

Should the churches compromise truth to be more pleasant to the world? Nay, it is written!

As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 9:33)

Paul said if he preached circumcision the offence of the cross is ceased. (Galatians 5:11).

If the message does not offend the lost world, the church needs to check it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THAT’S NOT JESUS!

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The picture you see above is not Jesus. It is simply not what He looked/looks like. The Bible only gives us a physical description of Jesus AFTER He is glorified.

However, using clues based solely upon Scripture, we can see for sure that the man pictured above is not what Jesus looked/looks like.

 

1. He had no form or comeliness.

 

Isaiah 53:3  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Jesus was not physically attractive or had any special features. The man pictured above would stand out in a crowd of Jewish rabbis. This is not what Jesus looked like.

 

2. Thick beard.

The man pictured above has a very thin beard.

Scripture says:

Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

Jesus’ beard was long enough to pluck it out from the cheeks.

 

 

3. Dark skin.

 

Jesus was and is Jewish. (Revelation 5:5, Matthew 1) A Jewish man seldom has light brown hair, and white skin and blue eyes.

 

4. Long hair.

 

The Bible is clear, men are not to have long hair.

1 Corinthians 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

 

Do you think the perfect Man would have had long hair, thus going against nature and confusing the sexes? God forbid!

 

Jesus did not look unique from His followers, or any other Jewish rabbi during his days. When Judas betrayed Jesus, he had to point Jesus out from His disciples.

 

What Jesus looks like now.

 

Revelation 1:12-17

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

 

 

 

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Hell in the Old Testament

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Alright, so today I wanted to do a quick sermon on hell in the Old Testament. Now, I have heard from a few ‘unbelievers’ that hell is a doctrine found only in the New Testament, or that is was invented by Christianity and can be found nowhere in the Old Testament.

Many people do not even realize that when Jesus spoke of hell He was quoting the Old Testament.

First, lets see what Jesus said about hell.

Mark 9:43-48

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

 

We can see from this that Jesus said hell is a place of unquenchable fire, and worms that do not die.

What does the Old Testament say about this?

 

The first verse that should be noted is Deuteronomy 32:22.

For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

 

A fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell. That sounds a lot like what Jesus is speaking of. A place of burning under the earth.

 

Psalm 11: 6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Fire and brimstone is the New Testament description of the lake of fire, not to be confused with hell. But it is here in the Old Testament as well.

 

 

Isaiah 1:28-31 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

 

Transgressors and sinners shall both burn together and none shall quench them. This is a strong depiction of hell in the Old Testament.

 

 

 

Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

 

This verse is the one Jesus quoted the most, it is a clear cut depiction of the lake of fire, the final punishment for all the wicked.

I cannot close this message without giving you the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Do not go to hell, Jesus paid the price for your sins so that you can be delivered from an eternal punishment.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

1 Timothy 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

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