Christianity is a Biblical faithPublished 8:22pm Friday, January 14, 2011
Christianity is a Biblical faith, and the Bible is not an “ecumenical” book.
It makes no compromise; do let me say that again. The Bible makes no compromise with any of the world’s religions. Those who support ecumenical movement to any extent, no matter how loudly they defend their orthodoxy, are not Bible believing Christians. At worst they are deliberate frauds, at best they are confused into that state of mind that the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians about in 1st Corinthians, 14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion.”
The Bible makes uncompromisingly clear to all mankind its claim to be the infallible, inerrant work of the only true and living God. It denounces all other gods and scriptures as false, as well as the religions they represent.
Of Jesus, God’s word declares, “He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life. He that believeth not the son hath not everlasting life, he that believeth not the son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” (St. John 3:36).
Peter told Jewish religious leaders (and was beaten imprisoned and killed for testifying to Christ’s resurrection.) There is none other name—under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Anyone is free to invent any new religion but not free to call it Christianity. That faith is founded upon facts, scripture, history and prophecy, all of which are a matter of clear record and none of which can be changed. Those facts cannot honestly be denied.
The scriptures and history of any religion are a matter of permanent public record that cannot be disputed, much less reinvented. Both those who attempt to do so (whether with Christianity or Islam) and those who accept and pass on their lies are guilty of the same deceit.
While terrorists are genuine Muslims who follow Muhammad and the Quran the crusaders were not biblical Christians. They followed Rome, not Christ and his word.
The Popes had their own agenda of world conquest by force. Crusaders waved the cross but denied Christ by killing his brethren, the Jews where ever they went. Attempting “in the name of Christ” to retake the “Holy Land” form the atrocity—committing Islamic invaders violated Christ’s declaration to Pilate. “My kingdom is not of this world ‘or else’ would my servants fight” (St. John 18:36).
Equally important to understand is the fact that the Bible, in contrast to the so-called scriptures of every religion, gives the proof of its claims. I don’t say “Every other religion” because Biblical Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship as children to a loving father, which every true Christian has with God through Jesus Christ.
The God who inspired the Bible through his Prophets and is presented therein does not demand “blind” faith. He offers proof and is willing to reason with skeptics and unbelievers, if they will honestly do so.
“Come now, and let us reason together sayeth the Lord—(Is 1:18) Faith in God and in his word it the only reasonable responses to the questions with which the universe confronts us and to the answers God provides in scripture. Peter reminds us that true followers of Christ do not threaten unbelievers but are “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh—a reason of hope—we have in Christ (1st Peter 3:15).
We have so often proved these facts to others. The major proof, of course, that God offers his own existence and that the Bible is his word of Prophecy. It foretells events centuries and even thousands of years in advance. Biblical prophecy is always fulfilled right on time in every detail.
Prophecy is absolutely unique to the Bible, being found in no other religious scripture, (though some contain false prophecies). Israel’s prophets offered hundreds of prophecies concerning the promised Messiah so that He could be identified beyond question when he came as a humble, virgin-born child.
After the resurrection, the Apostles preached the gospel to everyone and everywhere as Jesus had commanded them. The two primary pieces of evidence were (There own eyewitnesses of what Jesus had taught and did, and his crucifixion and resurrection) even though it cost them their lives as martyrs for refusing to ecumenically deny the truth they knew and to (the many prophecies in scripture given centuries in advance, which were fulfilled to the letter in life, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ).
Jesus showed us the undeniable validity of his word, when on the final day of his resurrection, he sent his disciples to Jerusalem and not depart, but wait for the promise of the father, this they did, the Promise was the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:4).
The onlookers were much amazed and marveled (Acts 2:16). Peter went on to say for the promise is unto you and to your children and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord our God shall call (Acts 2:39). That prophecy and promise is yet valid for us all today, for the Lord is the same yesterday today and forever.