In these times of
financial crises, rampant immorality, and natural disasters, should not all
the religions come together and unite and worship God asking for his
protection and blessings?
My dear friends, it
is indeed a very good thing for all the religions to come together, put away
their differences and unite and worship God. The Bible itself does
call for unity. But the unity the Bible calls for is first and
foremost unity with God. Only when we are united to God can we unite
with our fellowman. Here is what we read in Isaiah:
(Isa 1:18 KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they
be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isa 1:19 KJV) If ye be
willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. And again we
45:22 KJV) Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for
I am God, and there is none else.
In these passages
we read that God is calling all mankind to find their unity in Him. It
is only He that can bring the required unity humanity needs; therefore, if
we humans are wanting to unite in order to worship God in light of the
tremendous events taking place today, then it must be on God's terms, not
man's. For churches to put away their differences would mean that some
churches must give up pushing the homosexual movement; others must accept
homosexuality as normal and approved by God. Other churches would have
to give up going to church on Sabbath (Saturday); others must give up going
to church on Sunday.
If all churches
give up their differences then whom shall we follow? What is to be the
standard of righteousness and worship? If we say the Bible, then what
about those churches that do not put absolute trust in the Bible such as the
Catholic church, the Mormons, the Jews, the Muslims? Unity, then, must
not cause us to give up our unique beliefs, but must allow us to believe
according to our conscience. No one should force his religious beliefs
upon another. However, everyone should be free to share his beliefs
with the other with respect and kindness. This should be his right.
At no time should we resort to force and the sword as do Muslims and Hindus;
and as did the Catholic church during the Middle Ages; and as did the
Protestants in the New World.
The command that
Jesus gave to his followers is found in the Gospels and reads as follows: (Mat
28:19 KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Mat 28:20
KJV) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Jesus gives His followers a command to go and make disciples of all men.
And this command no man can nor should abolish, not even governments.
Other religions have this right to evangelize; but in no way must they
resort to force and the sword in this age, as we have said above.
So while unity is
very desirable it must be on God's terms. And where are we to find
God's terms? For Christians it must be the Bible; other religions can
use their own holy books. God will make Himself know to the world
through the teachings of those that are right. He will reveal Himself
to all who want to know Him. And when He does do so we must follow Him
or reject Him. To reject the call of God is to reject God Himself,
with the consequences that go with it. Here are the words of Jesus: (John
8:31 KJV) Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; (John 8:32 KJV)
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. So my
friends, unity and freedom can only be found in God and none else. And
for the Christian, all information about God is to be found in the Bible.
May God continue to lead us into all truth as we look to Him. God bless.
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