Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Way

   Have you seen Larry King's interview with Joel Osteen? King asks Osteen whether he believes Jesus is the only way to God. What would you say? Here's my take.
   Naaman the Syrian general was afflicted with leprosy. When his servant girl suggests he go see the prophet Elisha for help, the king sends him to Israel with a generous offering. Elisha's answer dismays Naaman: "Go dip in the Jordan River 7 times and you'll be healed." Naaman cops an attitude and starts to sulk. But his servant encourages him, "If God had asked you to do some great thing, would you not do it? How much more when He says, 'Wash and be clean'?" Naaman gets his head straight and follows Elisha's orders: he is instantly healed! Yeah, there were other rivers around Naaman could have bathed in, but God specified, "Jordan".
    Remember the Passover? When God sent the 10th plague on Egypt, a death-angel who would kill all the firstborn in each household, what were Moses' instructions to his people? When they killed the Passover lamb, they were to sprinkle the blood on the posts & lintels of the doors to their homes. Then the angel would pass over that house and not hurt anyone in it.
   What else could they use for protection? Goat blood? Beef blood? No, it had to be a male lamb a year old. Couldn't they just sit in the Lotus position and chant mantras? No, they needed the blood of the lamb to survive the night. Nothing else would save them.
   When God sent the flood to destroy the world, how many arks were there? Was there a Gilgamesh ark, a Nimrod ark, a Carl Sagan ark, a Shirley MacClaine ark, a Steven Hawkins ark? There may have been a lot of boats out on the water when the flood began, but only one left standing when it ended. God has a history of making just one way out.
   "Is Jesus Christ the only Way to God?" Osteen's infamously wimpy answer was, "I dunno. That's up to God." Right. It is up to God, and God says, whoever believes on the only begotten Son of God shall not perish, but have everlasting life.You all know John 3:16. The less popular John 3:18 says, "he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
  Stait is the gate, and narrow is the way the leads to life, and few there be that find it. Maybe 'cuz they're not looking.

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