By Scott Tibbs, March 17, 2008
Last week, I had a letter to the editor published in the newspaper where I made it very clear that we do not "worship the same god", as has become popular to say these days. I presented evidence from Scripture to make the point that if Christianity is true, no other religion can be true. Furthermore, if any other religion is true, Christianity cannot be true. It would be much easier to give in to the religion of political correctness, and say that we're all on the way to the same place. It would be easier to believe that everyone is going to Heaven, because then we don't have to deal with the possibility pf people being in Hell. I didn't write my LTTE to be popular, and I would very much like to be wrong about this.
Universalism, however, is simply not what the Bible teaches. The Bible is very clear that Jesus Christ is the only path to salvation. (See John 14:6 and Acts 4:12.) Furthermore, we cannot get to Heaven of our own good works, because the debt of sin we owe is far too great for us to repay. As Romans teaches, "there is none righteous, no, not one." Only through the blood of Jesus Christ can we be saved. (See Ephesians 2:8-9 and Romans 3:10-12.)
The foundational document of the Christian faith is the Bible, the Word of God. It does not matter if the vast majority of "Christian" theologians, pastors and ministers disagree with me. The only thing that matters is what the Bible teaches. Biblical truth is not and never has been determined by a popularity contest. If that were the case, the canon of Scripture would change dramatically over the years as public opinion shifts and transforms. God's Word is eternal and unchanging.
A key test to determining whether we worship the same God is the divinity of Jesus Christ. While it is fashionable these days to proclaim that Muslims and Christians worship the same god, Muslims deny the divinity of Jesus Christ. Given that Jesus clearly proclaimed to be God, there are only two other possibilities: Jesus was either a liar or a lunatic. Those who deny the divinity of Jesus Christ cannot be said to worship the same god as Christians! (See John 1, John 5 and John 20 for evidence of the divinity of Jesus Christ. In John 8:58, Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I am", a clear claim of divinity that caused Jews around Jesus to attempt to murder Him. Philippians 2:6 says that Jesus Christ, "being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.")
This is why I warn against interfaith ceremonies, because when Christians put false religions like Islam and Buddhism on the same stage as Christianity, the message they are sending (whether they mean to or not) is that those false religions are on the same level as Christianity. Christian doctrine makes it very clear that this is not the case. It is not "love" or "tolerance" to assure someone on the path to Hell that "we all worship the same god." It is an act of hatred.
1 John 4 warns Christians not to believe every spirit, because there are false prophets and false teachers. But how are we to test the spirits and discern false doctrines? The only way to know what doctrines are false is to be familiar with the true doctrine of the Bible. I urge anyone reading this blog to test me in the spirit to see if the doctrine I present is of God or of the Enemy. Search the Bible, read the passages I present and pray about it. If I am wrong, please show me from the Bible where I am wrong and I will gladly admit the error and follow the much easier universalist path. But if the Bible teaches exclusivity, how can I proclaim anything else?