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Since the beginning of human history,
man has looked beyond himself or heavenward, for something better than anything
he already has here in this world.
The search for eternal life, for a
higher plane of existence, for something giving oneself more meaning and
purpose, has been the pursuit of humanity since the beginning of time.
And is it any wonder? Just look around, and you’ll see hardship and
suffering, stress and despair, and the promise of nothing but more of the same
in this life.
Looking around you will find yourself
inundated with opinion after opinion, religion after religion, and philosophy
And to make matters worse, they all seem
to be contradictory, confusing and impossible to sort out.
Why is this?
Well the easy answer is that there once
was a God in heaven, who created angels.
These angels lived with God until one day they became arrogant. One angel, Lucifer, in particular raised a
rebellion against God and tried to overthrow God.
It did not work. He was arrested and
tried for his crimes, found guilty and sentenced to eternal condemnation and
separation from God.
This, would be
rebel, Lucifer now known as Satan, appealed his conviction and implied in his
arguments that his trial and sentencing was unjust, so God allowed his appeal
to unfold concurrently with human history.
And thus the conflict which was between
God and good, and Satan and evil spread to humanity.
objective? To prove
that He, God, was completely fair and just in His dealings with evil. Also to prove that Gods policies are better
for all of creation, than the policies of Satan.
objective was to prove God wrong, to discredit God, and thus to replace God
On Gods side is truth.
On Satan’s side is deceit and lies. For one cannot destroy truth unless you
replace it with lies and convince everyone that the lies are in fact truth.
And so God released to humanity, His
policies of truth. And Satan released to humanity everything that is counter to
truth, including lies, deceit, confusion, obscurity, and even including bits
and pieces of truth within the volumes of lies and lusts that come from evil.
So, how do we sort it all out?
Well that is easier than you can
realize. Simply place Christianity in
one corner and all of the rest of the religions, cults, philosophies and so
forth in the opposite corner.
Christianity promotes a solution for
humanity through one savior, named Jesus Christ.
All of the other religions, cults,
philosophies and so forth have one thing in common – they all reject Jesus
Also, all of the other religions, cults,
philosophies and so forth have a second thing in common, and that is that they
all present the idea that man by mans efforts can accomplish his own destiny,
his own maturity, his own advancement to some higher level of existence.
And the fundamental principle of
Christianity is that man cannot raise himself up to any higher level than he is
at already. That only God can raise man
up out of the doom and gloom of his predicaments, and that only God can and
does accomplish this in behalf of mankind.
The Bible presents a picture of God, who
is perfect and just.
Man is imperfect and unjust.
In order for man to raise himself up to
a level of perfection, then he must first eliminate his imperfections out of
Hinduism began many centuries before the
birth of Christ. Buddhism became an
offshoot of Hinduism. Judaism along with
the first two sought to lift man up by means of some form of living
experience. Judaism looked to Gods
approval by means of mans efforts.
Hinduism and Buddhism looked to mans efforts to elevate himself above
this life, into succeeding lives until some form of perfection was reached.
The pagan gods mixed confrontation, sex,
power and such in order to advance ones self into a
better placement in life.
Todays cults look
to fulfill ones satisfaction in life by means of the sinful desires and needs
of humanity. And philosophies like technology
or science, foresee a better life through discovery and invention.
Whether you are pursuing nature or
science, human dignity or some well organized theology, although all of these
things have many differences among them, they all have those two same things in
common – the idea that man can advance or solve his problems by means of mans
efforts, and second, they all ignore or reject Jesus Christ.
This makes Christianity stand out from
all of the rest, and makes it easy for people to begin their search for
answers, in Christianity, rather than wasting their time and wasting their
lives, analyzing hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of opinions that ultimately
will lead you to one dead end after another.
Life is a serious business for you. Once you have been born into this world, you
have only one thing to look forward to, and that is your eventual death. What then?
If you choose any one of the other
philosophies, then you will lose, and you will never get the answers you seek.
If you choose Christianity by believing
in Jesus Christ, then you will advance yourself to the most phenomenal victory
in life, even one beyond anything you can imagine, and you will find all of the
answers you seek.
To enter the Christina life you need
only say in your own mind, ‘Father, I believe in Jesus Christ.’ The Father is God the Father to whom all
prayers are addressed.
Saying or thinking these six little
words won’t harm you one little bit, will take you only a second to think them,
and will become the single greatest decision you will ever make in all of your
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.