The One or the Other
We have succeeded, we have concentrated all the religions of the world down to two to choose from. There are only two religions in the world, the one or the other, the wrong or the right. They are quite easy to tell apart. The one is based on man's works; the other is not of man's works. The one says rely on yourself, find yourself, heal yourself, clean yourself. The other says your lost, incurable, filthy. The one says you've got time, it will all work out in the end; the other says seek help today, now. The one is a struggle, a constant effort; the other is a gift bringing peace, the product of grace and mercy. The one will make a few allowances, nobody is perfect; the other demands the sinless perfection that you can never provide yourself—and provides it for you.
The one or the other, the wrong or the right one, how to chose? The easy answer to that question is look in a mirror.
Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
By grace are ye saved through faith, it is the gift of God, not of works, is a singular unique religion separate out of all the religions of the world. This where the contention arises. One the one hand all those religions can come together without condemning each other, for they are all the same religion—works. On the other hand, you have a religion that condemns all the rest—by grace through faith.
At this point it must be taken note of that there are those that pervert the gospel of by grace through faith and teach a doctrine of works in whole or in part as Christian doctrine. This will be covered later in our studies. Suffice if for now to say that as much as they try to mix Christianity with and make it just another religion of works, they are sadly mistaken. As we have already referenced, grace and works are mutually exclusive.
By grace through faith is not the only thing unique about our other religion. Its God is unique among the gods, one true living God, ever existing, knowable, gracious and merciful. There is also one unique book that leads us in the way of all truth. The Bible is unique among all the world’s religious writings. There is also one unique Bible among all the contenders for the title of God’s word?the AV 1611. We will have to cover more about this later but to show its uniqueness one item to remember is that no one will say that they have the inerrant persevered word of God in their language in their hand unless they are holding an Authorized Version of 1611 or a direct translation of it.
We need to take one last look at the worlds religions and see some of what the God of the Bible has delivered us from.
The God of the Bible forbid the practice of self-mutilation and physical abuse as penance or a show of earnestness in one’s devotion. It also forbid many other practices like widows being burnt alive along with their husband's corpse and many other religious/cultural customs that permeate the religion of works.
For the moment we have gone as far as reason alone can take us. We must now turn to the light of revelation. And so we begin our study of the God’s word and its religion.