Tue, Sep 22nd - 1:13PM
The Way -vs.- the way
Living in Colorado, and having come to Colorado from the Midwest, I’m very aware of the pioneer trails in American history. For over 100 years, explorers and then pioneers frequented the American West in ever increasing numbers, and as the trails became established, the trickle of new arrivals increased into floods – an entire nation moving west.
Obviously, the single wagon tracks became deeper as they were used more, and finally evolved into many of our roads and highways today. The pathfinders gave way to the pioneers, and the pioneers built the settlements, many of which are today's cities. Old history to most of us, but the pattern has a lesson to teach.
Biblical Christianity quite clearly teaches that the only way to be “saved” is to be “born again”, and the only way to be “born again” is to accept God’s gift through faith in Jesus Christ, His (‘only begotten’) Son. Why is this not simple to grasp?
This plan of Salvation is not only clearly recorded from Genesis to Revelation in the Bible, but has always been clearly detailed in the night sky – before the Bible existed.
But even after thousands of years of human history and pre-history, many “good” people think that through good works we can religiously evolve ourselves into being sons of God, and they will tell you the proof it can be done, is evidenced in the life of Jesus – who himself became a/the son of God, thereby showing us the way. They will say that our Bible is still evolving, and cite their “prophets” for the add-ons. I wonder, is it happening to the Bible as it’s happening to our U.S. Constitution? Come on! Is this better than science fiction, or what?
I’m sure there are many good folks in the world – I know many of them myself, and in some cases, I could even find room for envy, if I thought it would help, but their “goodness” is according to man’s definitions – NOT GOD’S.
That makes it childishly simple – since God is in charge (it’s the truth; like it or not) He gets to make the rules for who gets admitted into His heaven, and our rules don’t apply in the slightest.
And God’s rules work ONLY like this: we must be “born again”, and to do that we have to have faith that Jesus died for our individual sins, so through faith in Him (as the ONLY natural son of God), we become “adoptive sons” and co-inheritors of the Kingdom.
To be clear: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY, EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, THAT WE CAN BECOME SO “PERFECTED” WE ATTAIN TO GODHOOD OURSELVES – those positions are already taken.
In sum: Jesus is God Himself, and always has been, even before he came to earth as a human being. That’s God’s rule – I’m not making it up.
So this brings up a question for those who daily strive to be perfected unto godhood: If Jesus indeed showed us the way to become God like Him, why are we still so imperfect? This is a bit like the Evolution argument: if man came from apes, why do we still have apes? Are they the stupid ones?
Once a trail to a desired destination is successfully blazed, the trickle will turn into a flood every time. This being the case, why do we, 2000 years since Jesus and counting, have only Him? How many true, 100% sons of God do you know who have already reached perfection this side of the grave?
It should be painfully obvious by now, that trail is a Dead-End. It is “the way”, or “a way” for sure, but it’s not ‘The Way’. The ruts to follow are clearly marked in the Bible (as well as the night sky).