We are currently in need of counselors for camp this year. Camp will take
place June 8th-14th this year. If you are interested, please contact
Barb Candler by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks much and God Bless you all!
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”
– Matthew 19:14
We face a major problem in our world today. It comes from the claim that all faiths, all beliefs, all religious doctrines, all ideologies ultimately lead to the same destination. It’s not what you believe, but how genuine you are in your belief that matters. I believe, as some of you, but maybe not all of you that Jesus is the Only truth and the only way to God in heaven. In John 14:1-7, Jesus teaches us this … 1. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4. You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5. Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 7. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”
The problem we face is that Satan has taught people to cry out that this belief shows arrogance and intolerance. So we are being told by society to value tolerance and inconclusiveness above all things. Now I do believe we do need to learn this values but not quite in the way that we are told to do so. For example, I want my kids to learn to include everyone who wants to sit at their lunch table or participate on their ball teams while at the same time to be intolerant of bullying. Love the bully but hate the bullying because it is harmful. In the same way to learn to include everyone who wants to go the heaven with them while at the same time be intolerant of sin. Love the sinner hate the sin because it is harmful.
Then Christian come along and ruin it for everyone, right? By making heaven an exclusive club that not everyone good and nice gets to be there. We say, “The only way to get to God in heaven is to accept His grace, by putting your faith in Jesus and following Him.” Of course Christians the n get labeled as intolerant and kids get really confused. So what we have to figure out is… Does everyone except the really bad people get to go to heaven or is it as Jesus says? Do all beliefs count or is Christianity the only right belief? Does it really matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere or do you have to believe in Jesus alone? All these questions come down to one word… truth! Did Jesus speak the absolute truth? What give Him the right?
Dawson McAllister explains it this way, “some “truths” are determined by society, and others are determined by the physical nature of the world. For instance, the penalty for speeding is determined by society: If you drive too fast, you pay a fine – an arbitrary amount determined by society. But other truths in the world will never change, no matter how society feels about them. Like gravity, if a billion people voted to suspend the law of gravity for one hour, would any of them test that law by jumping off a 10 story building? Of course not, because that truth – the law of gravity exists no matter what anyone thinks. Christians believe Christ is sort of like gravity: He is real and he is the truth, no matter what anyone else thinks.”
There is a popular parable of three blind men who were asked to touch an elephant and say what they believe there are touching… On man touched the trunk and stated that is a rope. The next man touched the leg and stated well that’s a tree, the last man touched an ear and said that is a big fan. So some would claim that their truth is in their experience but the fundamental problem with this is that we already know the truth that the thing they are describing is an elephant which makes all three men, even though they are sincere in their beliefs, still wrong.
Peter, under oath, tells the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to the Jewish court in Acts 4:12. “Salvations is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Only Jesus offers us hope for what comes both in this life and for what come after death. C.S Lewis stated “If I’m wrong… I’ve lost nothing if someone who has not put their faith in Jesus is wrong… they have lost everything.”
So to conclude lets be like the little girl who took a walk with her grandfather. After walking for a while he asked her if she knew where she was… she said, “Nope.” He then asked which way she thought they ought to go… she said, “I don’t know.” Finally, he said “So, you’re lost then?” She just smiled at her grandfather and said what we should say to Jesus… “I’m not lost grandpa, I’m with you!”