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Vol.  10  No. 11 November 2008  Page 7                    powered by FreeFind

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Daily

By Mark McWhorter

Mark McWhorterEvery person must live one day at a time. It is true that it is wise to plan for the future. It is true that it is not wise to ignore the past and not learn from it. However, one cannot keep thinking about the past nor keep planning for the future and forget to act and learn each day. It is what one does each day that demonstrates whether one is learning from the past and planning for the future.

“Be merciful unto me, O Lord, for I cry unto thee daily” (Psalm 86:3). A person should pray to God daily. It is necessary to ask for forgiveness of sins. It is proper to lean upon God for the strength to overcome temptations. It is proper to look to God for wisdom.

“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). There are three possibilities for what this verse means. It may refer to the actual daily food that we eat. Or, it may refer to the daily spiritual food that we get from Bible study. Or, it could encompass both of these. It is proper to thank God for both. It is proper to realize that our physical food and our spiritual food are gifts from God.

“Blessed be the Lord who daily loaded us with benefits” (Psalm 68:19). God blesses all people richly every day. The very air we breath was created by God. Every day we should remember that all that we have and use was created by God.

“But exhort one another daily, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13). It is our responsibility to encourage each other to live for Christ. Each person needs to be reminded and urged to stay away from evil and stay close to God. This will be easier if each person studies the Bible daily.

Read your Bible daily. Learn all you can each day. If any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.


Many Religions Lead to Eternal Life?

By Tim Childs

Tim ChildsIs it possible there is a wide range of diverse religions that may equally have the joyous result of bringing their adherents to the heavenly city and eternal life? Apparently there are a lot of Americans [and other people throughout the world] who think so.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted a U.S. Religious survey in which more than 35,000 Americans participated in 2007. After crunching the numbers, the results were published in June 2008. The organization found that “Most Americans agree with the statement that many religions—not just their own—can lead to eternal life. Among those who are affiliated with a religious tradition, seven-in-ten say many religions can lead to eternal life.” (Quotation  taken from summary of results at http://religions.pewforum.org/reports#).

If there is just one world religion in addition to Christianity  that can effectively lead men, women and young people to eternal life, then Jesus died for our sins needlessly. If God uses other means to save, there was no need for the blood of Christ to be shed. He then could have saved us like He intended to save others apart from Christ and the cleansing His blood provides.

If there is just one world religion in addition to Christianity that can effectively lead men, women and young people to eternal life, then God wasted the time and effort He invested in providing us with the Holy Bible. Jesus is the centerpiece of all the Scripture. If God uses other means, there never should have been a Bible because its message is irrelevant, because there would be another message out there that can supplant the Bible.

If there is just one world religion in addition to Christianity that can effectively lead men, women and young people to eternal life, then there is actually a plurality of gods men may worship. Most of the world religions set themselves apart from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It then follows there are other true gods who are equally able to deliver their subjects and give them eternal life.  We can’t have it both ways; we can’t say we believe the Bible is truly the Word of God and at the same time say that other world religions provide eternal life.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16-17 NKJV). “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9 NKJV).


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