Saturday, December 31, 2016
Are All Religons Equal???
“Almighty and ever living God, who in the Nativity of your Son established the beginning and fulfillment of all religion, grant, we pray, that we may be numbered among those who belong to him, in whom is the fullness of human salvation. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.” Amen.
No, all religions are not the same nor are they equal. This collect prayer from the Mass for December 31st tells us otherwise. Religion can fall into two categories. The first is man made in which man is seeking God and sets up a religion to pursue Him. The second is established by God and the door and avenue by which He pursues man and is the surest way of reaching Him as it is the path that directly meets Him.
There are many religions but only 2 are established directly by God. The rest were either created by man or set up by man who believed they were inspired by God, yet only two actually were set up by Him. The Jewish Faith was established by God in God pursuing His chosen people and establishing a Holy Nation with them. This is verified by more than one person claiming God inspired them to set this up.... and it was given over long periods of time through the Prophets and Fathers of the Fathers of the Faith. Miracles were also given to show that it was God established rather than man established. In this religion, God promised to send a Messiah... the Christ. The One who would deliver His people and established an eternal Kingdom. Those who are Jewish who do not accept Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, are still waiting.
The only other religion is Christianity, and more specifically, the one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to which all Christians were formerly a part of and united to. But what is it really and how did it come to be? Again, we must realize that there were more than one witness to it and it has been confirmed over long periods of time by other witnesses and miracles which alone can be attributed to God such as the dead coming back to life.
All religions are silenced when God speaks and tells us what He wants... how He wants us to follow Him. God spoke to us through His Word... and the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. This Word has a name and His name is Jesus Christ. There is no other name in Heaven, on earth or under the earth which brings salvation to mankind. No other religion does this. All religion changed at Christmas when God spoke to us through His Son.
“Jesus saith to him: I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh to the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)
“Be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him this man standeth here before you whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts of the Apostles 4:10-12)
“Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denieth the Father, and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesseth the Son, hath the Father also. As for you, let that which you have heard from the beginning, abide in you. If that abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning, you also shall abide in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise which he hath promised us, life everlasting.” (1 John 2:22-25)
“He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me.” (Luke 10:16)