I hope that everyone is safe and well during these trying and somewhat weird times. I would admit that, on the one hand, I have peace about what is going on around the globe at the moment, as I know Who holds the day, but I find myself frustrated at what appears to be a concerted effort to take our freedoms away. And I think what is adding to this frustration is that our freedoms are being taken away by those who are unelected (WHO, CDC, etc.) and that they are using everything but logic, science, and sound reasoning to achieve it. Moreover, they are being assisted by corporations that also are not elected but funded by ourselves, no less!! (Social media, MSM, et al.)
As with anything that is manmade, this situation is convoluted and inexplicable. Do masks work? Do the vaccines work? Are the vaccines deadly? Will 5G be used to activate the magnetic particles in the vaccines to cause widescale death? Or will the spike proteins within the vaccines get us before that? Does social distancing work? Are lockdowns necessary; did they work? Is covid, while a contrived illness from “gain-of-function” research in China, anything other than “old fashioned” influenza, bronchitis, and pneumonia? Sigh…. But I am not writing to you today about the PLANNEDdemic, or the drive for global control via “vaccine passports.”
I wrote the above as an intro into how muddy and complicated human beings tend to make things when they try to obscure the truth for their own gain. This, as opposed to our Father Who made the truth of things so simple, as described in 1 Cor. 1:27, in order to leave everyone without excuse.
Let us, for the purposes of this article, look at the widely held assertion that there are many/various ways to our Father, or rather Heaven, as most people are more concerned about playing harps on clouds than acknowledging our Father.
I read a passage in the Word today that I must have read many times before. But, as is my experience with the Word, sometimes a passage that you have read ad nauseam in the past literally jumps off the page and splashes cold water in your face and says, “Hey, you, here I AM!”
I often think to myself, “How did I ever miss that in the past? Have I been ‘sleep-reading’ or what?”
The passage I refer to today is in Psalm 96, the whole thing. I would suggest that you read it for yourself; however, I would like to share with you what I got out of the passage this morning.
The whole earth should be praising only the Lord. Only His glory should be admired by all. And while there are other gods, the LORD is the one above all and is to be feared. A side note on this: yes, there are other gods (note the ‘small g). Remember that Satan has effectively stolen the deed to this orb until Jesus comes back to defeat all His enemies at His Second Coming.
And this is the part of the Psalm that caught my attention today: “For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.”
It is so plainly stated that I can understand how I missed it in the past, but on the other hand, how did I miss it? There are other gods; these gods are worshipped by the nations while the Lord is worshipped by Israel and born-again Christians. So, however offensive you find it, the creator of the Heavens and Earth stated in simple KJV English that He is the only God; the other gods are idols. Done, dusted, and settled. Any “deity” that is not our Heavenly Father, Saviour, or Comforter is a facsimile and a usurper. Stay away from them.
The above passage led to a realization for me. Even in my own family, we have the worn opinions that there are many ways to God/heaven, that Jesus is not the only way. However, according to this small, simple, seemingly insignificant passage in scripture, this is not the case. There is only one Lord; the rest are idols. Period. Simple. Don’t change scripture. Allah and whoever else, and Jehovah are not the same. Therefore, there is only one path to our Heavenly Father, and by extension, to heaven, and that path is through Jesus Christ.
Also, the Psalm referenced here succinctly tells us that the Lord is coming, and He brings Judgment with Him. He is coming to judge everyone. Not just His children, everyone, whether we believe in Him or not, whether we believe his judgment is warranted or not. Like it or not, judgment is coming via the One that is the only route to our Father.
No path other than repentance of our sins against our Father through His Son, Jesus Christ, will lead to salvation or heaven. To refuse repentance is to incur wrath after judgment and an eternity consigned to torment.
Two paths, one choice, one Saviour, one God. No other, nada, nix.