The Graven Image of Apostasy By Jim Allen
Not too long ago, in a discussion with a person about the Second Coming, I was told they preferred to pick and choose what to believe about God. They did not want just one religious viewpoint since all religions, in their view, have good teachings. The discussion continued with a twist when the person said, "I like to choose the best from each religion and then put them all together to form my own belief about God." The discussion ended. There was no further opportunity to present the biblical perspective about this person's inclusive, smorgasbord approach to God.
The "choose what you like to believe" approach to defining one's religion is logical and insightful if you accept the false notion that all roads lead to God. Of course, this is an error held by many. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). The words of Jesus push back hard against the "all roads lead to God" notion and especially the smorgasbord approach, which perhaps explains why the conversation ended when it did. After all, why should this person allow me to chisel away at the foundation holding up their graven image?
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