December 10, 2003
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4: 12)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
An insidious lie of the enemy is being perpetrated today that says, “There are many ways to Heaven.”
While this sounds so tolerant–supposedly a sure sign of an enlightened mind–the truth is that there is only one way to Heaven. That way is Jesus Christ. He Himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14: 6).
Now it is true that all of us come to Christ in different ways; but the point is that we come to Christ. He is the focal point of our salvation and the only means of it. It is He Who connects us to God the Father.
Satan poses as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11: 14). We must always be aware, therefore, that what he presents to us will look like the truth sound like the truth, smell like the truth, taste like the truth, and feel like the truth. But it is emphatically not the truth. The Bible tells us that Satan is a liar and the father of lies. There is no truth in him (John 8: 44).
During their training, bank tellers do not handle counterfeit money. They handle only real money. The philosophy behind this is that if tellers handle enough real money, they will become so accustomed to its feel that they will instantly recognize a counterfeit bill.
The same is true of us. If we study the Word of God thoroughly and diligently, when a lie tries to get us off track, we will instantly recognize it as a lie and resist it.
So be aware of modern philosophies that seek to make you feel good and warm and fuzzy all over. Don’t be sucked into the quicksand of deception that is doing its best to draw you into its fatal snare. Stay faithful to the study of God’s Word. In so doing, you will recognize a counterfeit a mile away.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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