[puzzle pieces: continued]

[puzzle pieces: continued]

Before I begin, I would like to thank those who stopped by and shared their opinionsCharlie Rhodes (aka tekkguy_), Herb Halstead, Jonathan Schultz, Jim Foreman (aka j4man), Bill Grandy (aka Cycle Bob… er… I mean, Cycleguy), and Tony York.

I just came back from my first ever stint as a camp director (thankfully it was just a 3.5-day camp, so it wasn’t too tough), but although I did not have access to internet on my Jacy laptop, my Nokia was my connection to the outside world and I have been reading the comments and thinking about this issue (whenever I wasn’t dealing with immediate camp stuff).

It’s sort of comforting that what I have thought is, obviously, what a lot of people think (at least all those who commented on the previous post)… For me, it was always puzzling and confusing, how can people say that other religions have absolutely nothing to them (I guess the thing started with books – it drives me up the wall when people flat out refuse to acknowledge that there are lessons to be learned from everything)… It is illogical to say that other religions are completely 100% wrong – especially if that religion has a god. It means that if we say that certain religion is wrong, then we say that the idea of God is wrong.

However (and this also stems from my love for books, especially Harry Potter whom I’ve defended for quite a few years now), if we take a moment and listen to the other person’s view point (listening won’t hurt you) – and pray as you’re listening – then you will be able to show the person the true way (The Way, if you wish) without saying that s/he is just plain wrong for 100%.

Whenever I think of religions, I think of them as a puzzle. You can have a few pieces, but I believe that ONLY Jesus is the One with the picture of what the finished puzzle should look like and He is the missing piece (well, His true nature’s missing in other religions / cults). However, if you study the pieces that others have, you can show them how they can get access to the fullness of the puzzle.

(I think I might’ve watched Star Trek one too many times because I keep thinking like Spock… or, okay, just a mere Vulcan.)

It is only logical to assume that if we (Christians) believe in ONE God who created everything… then all the other religions have the same God – they just do not see (either by choice or by not knowing) Him as clear as He reveals Himself in the Bible and in Jesus.

*Shrug* I don’t know – but it does seem logical to me.

Oh, another thing – check out the 52 Prayers Project – it’s a one year mission by a girl named Jessica Gavin.  “Written from a Christian perspective, Jessica Gavin attends a different church/mosque/synagogue each week, hoping to find that there are many pathways to heaven and the gate to glory is not as narrow as she once believed. ” (From FB Page)… It’s really cool and I like the humorous approach yet serious and careful observations.

  • Tony York

    When I think on Psalms 19 and Acts 17 in conjunction.. I am left to wonder if many religions were born out of a desire to reach out to know God but were stillborn because of lies that were more easily attainable than fully apprehending God.

    I believe God draws us to Him and wants us to pursue Him. Some have given up the pursuit and settled for a god in their image instead.

    I like this quote from GK Chesterton: "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. "

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    • Psalm 19 keeps coming to my mind whenever i think of this too.

  • I'm not an expert at this AT ALL, but when you look at Bible history, many nations that came about were from the sons of Noah. So Ham, I think, was the father of the Egyptian peoples. Knowing this, you see that some of the things the Egyptians believed (after life and so on) were probably partially taken from the beliefs that Noah himself had about God. I am reminded however of the verses in Romans 1 (which can apply to almost any belief system other than believing in the WAY):

    The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

    21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

    24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
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    • I can never see what I'm writing after a certain point..so to continue…I think that its pretty clear that God was visible, but because of their wickedness, God gave them over to their own sin. If you read verse 23…that totally sounds like many religions that we have today: hinduism, buddhism, and pretty much any other religion that worships animals or idols instead of God. I always am fascinated by this passage.
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