4/8/16: Hear Him
When I was in high school, the students in the theater department all started to convert to a new religion. (I won’t mention the name of it here.) This particular faith claims to believe in everyone’s god. Jesus, Confucius, Muhammad, Buddha: you name him, he gets revered on the same level. On the surface, and to those high school students, that sounded like a pretty good and fair idea. After all, I was in high school during the “I’m Okay, You’re Okay” era which was the forerunner of our present, warped societal understanding of “tolerance.”
The people who originated the religion my friends got caught up into were probably very sincere. They wondered as many do, With all the religions in the world, how can we possibly choose one over the other? To be sure we’re not wrong, let’s just worship all the gods. Maybe they figured by honoring them all, they’d definitely get the right one and it would all work out in the end.
The only problem with that logic is that all these gods don’t agree with each other. We can find some overlapping truths, but even a cursory study of the world’s major religions will turn up discrepancies among them. Trying to worship them all will quickly cause schizophrenia.
The God of the universe is quite clear in His declaration of who He is, and He made Himself quite clear to the disciples about who should be reverenced. When Peter, James, and John were allowed to witness Jesus’ transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus. Somehow the three disciples recognized Moses and Elijah, and they knew those prophets as major players of the faith. When Peter suggested that three tabernacles be made, one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah, God immediately stepped in. In Luke 9:34-36 we find God’s reaction:
“While he [Peter] was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were fearful as they entered the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!’ When the voice had ceased, Jesus was found alone…” (NKJ).
Don’t get it twisted. Just as Jesus is not on the same level as Moses and Elijah, He is not to be equated with any other prophets or gods either. Look at Philippians 2:9-11:
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (NKJ).
Spend the day, indeed spend your life, hearing Jesus.
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