By Neisha Potter
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
And God spoke these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:1-3).
Everyone has a friend or at least an acquaintance that shares the good news asserting that it does not matter what you believe as long as you believe something.
My pastor gave a wonderful sermon about the gullibility of mankind. We might question what people say based on our own thoughts and opinions, but all that counts is what is written in scripture, the inerrant Word of God.
We should compare everything to scripture in order to validate the truth as delivered through God’s word. We are given eternal life through the Son of God, whoever trusts in God believes the testimony given to man from God which promises that those who believe will receive eternal life through the sacrificial death of God’s Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 5:9-12). Whoever does not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; God incarnate – fully man and fully God, is a deceiver and does not have God (2 John 1:7-11). Therefore, everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God because Christ is the gate and anyone who has faith in the Son of God will be saved (John 10:9; 1 John 5:1).
Therefore, believing in something does not save anyone. Throughout scripture, the bible provides specific instructions for obtaining salvation. For salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). What you believe is absolutely critical to your eternal state; whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them (John 3:36).
Some may argue that they have the right to believe whatever they want, serve whoever they choose because humanity is given freedom; the gift of free will. I concur because according to scripture you have the right to do anything, but not everything is beneficial. You have the right to do anything, but not everything is constructive (1 Corinthians 10:3).
All truth is God’s truth; any information outside of God’s truth is a lie. We only have one Savior, there is only one path, one road to salvation; Jesus Christ, the atonement for our sins. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25-26). The sacrificial death of Christ was not a surprise to God, Jesus was handed over to man by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and the wicked men put him to death by nailing him to the cross (Acts 2:23).
At the fall of Adam, humanity was separated from God and cursed with sin and death. Through Jesus Christ, death has been swallowed up in victory – Praise be to God (1 Corinthians 15:54, 57). Jesus restored the gap between man and God – everybody dies in Adam, but everyone will be made alive in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:22).
“So, who do you say I am?” Jesus asked Simon Peter. With confidence Simon Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15-16, emphasis mine).
Jesus replied, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Neisha Potter is a married mom of three. Potter graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a BAS in Christian Ministry and Psychology.