Deuteronomy 4:32-40 (Part 1) – Why The All Roads Lead to Heaven Belief System is For Lazy People

Posted: December 12, 2016 in Book of Deuteronomy
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Deuteronomy 4:32-40 (Part 1 of 2)

There Is Only One God

Either the Bible is right or it is wrong. There is no in between. You either believe all of it or you believe none of it at all. There are so many today that try to mesh all religions together and so that they are all about the same thing. We have an all-roads-lead-to-heaven mentality now. We do this so that (1) we don’t really have to understand the Bible or any other religion’s holy books and (2) so as not to offend others with what we believe. In these modern days, we take a little bit of Christianity, a little bit of Judaism, a little bit of Islam, a little bit of Hinduism, a little bit of Buddhism, and we mix it all together and say we are all after the same thing.

 

The first point in this argument is that when we take this approach to a relationship with a Higher Power, we do not really have to know the holy writings of any religion at all. It is really a cop-out when we say that all religions are the same. It is the same as basically saying that it takes too much commitment to figure out what each faith actually believes. We can just cop out by saying, “it’s all good!” That way I don’t have to learn anything and learn the fundamental differences between Christianity and all other religions. I can simply say all religions are good and not know anything about any of them at all. That way I can continue living my life the way I desire. When I say that all religions are equal and after the same thing, I can define what I believe. It typically boils down to saying that if I just do more good than bad, then, I am going to heaven. I really don’t have to believe anything at all if I believe all roads lead to heaven. When we chose to believe that all religions are the same, we actually saying that we are creating our own religion individually. We define what is best for ourselves. And, it becomes, what is right for you may not be right for me. Let me believe what I want to believe. You believe what you want to believe. We are both good and we will arrive at our own personal definition of heaven when we are done. Just get out there and do more good than bad and we will all go to heaven. We will define our God as not being too harsh on us. He simply is too loving of a God to send anyone to hell. Maybe, we just erase hell altogether. God can’t do that. Hell was just something they invented back in the day to keep people in line. It sounds so good and so easy.

 

Another reason that we now believe in this “it’s all good!” form of religion is that it helps us not to offend people about what they believe. If the Muslims believe that Jesus was simply a man and a prophet but not the Son of God and the Christian believes that Jesus is God incarnate, these beliefs are then inconsistent and both cannot be true at the same time, we water it down so as to not offend. If the Hindu believes we are continually in a cycle of reincarnations based on how we lived our previous and past lives and the Buddhist believes that you can mentally become at one with the universe no matter your deeds if you just control your mind, body, and thoughts, these would seem to be inconsistent belief systems. What do we do, we water it down. We make it all work together by amalgamating them into a single belief system where we throw away the parts that are inconsistent with one another and just make it all above trying to be better people. That’s what they all have in common, right? All religions just want us to be better people and thus we strip down each faith’s inconsistencies with one another down in to this one simple fact – we all want to get to heaven and the commonality is that all religions want to help you be a better person. Through away the Jesus as God. We just make him a holy man. That way we can make him and Mohammed equal. That way we can make Jesus just a really good man with a great philosophical view so that we can mesh him with the multiple deities of Hinduism. That way we can mesh Him with the idea of joining the higher plain, becoming one with the universe of Buddhism. If we make Jesus just a man and another in a long line of prophets to Israel, we can reconcile the Jewish faith with Christianity. Although the Christian faith was born through the Jewish faith and we share the same fundamental history, Jesus is the breaking point between the Jews and the Christians. If we make Him just another prophet in the Jewish line of prophets, we can make it all work together. That way we don’t offend anyone and we end up with the quilt of inconsistent beliefs and thus believe nothing but in our own selves. We don’t offend when we believe nothing.

 

It was this idea of mixing of all religions into a pot and coming up with what we want to believe in is what came to mind when I read this passage that will give birth to two blogs. Today, we look at this passage with the state of modern belief systems today in mind. Let’s read it together:

 

32 Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33 Has any other people heard the voice of God[a] speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?

 

35 You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other. 36 From heaven he made you hear his voice to discipline you. On earth he showed you his great fire, and you heard his words from out of the fire. 37 Because he loved your ancestors and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out of Egypt by his Presence and his great strength, 38 to drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and to bring you into their land to give it to you for your inheritance, as it is today.

 

39 Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. 40 Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so that it may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long in the land the Lord your God gives you for all time.

 

The fact is that in the Bible, God makes some pretty bold claims about Himself. Here is one of those times. He says that He is God and there is no other god before Him. He is the only God. There is no other God. He is it. That kind of forces us into a corner does it not? If all religions are about God in a sense. If all religions point to the thing beyond ourselves then God lays down the gauntlet here. There is only one God so we have some logical thinking that we must do.

 

I think that most modernist who believe that all roads lead to heaven, believe that there is something beyond ourselves that is beyond death. We all want to believe that there is more than just this existence. But in our effort not to put out any effort, we say that all roads lead to heaven and that we only believe the good parts of all the religions that work for us. We reconcile it by saying that it’s all good. Most of us believe that whatever this thing beyond this plain of existence is, it is about goodness and purity and perfection, and nirvana. Thus, we believe in modernity that all of the religions are pointing us toward some eternal purity and goodness. Therefore, whatever this force is, it is all about truth, justice, and goodness. Then, if we ever examine this belief system that all religions are equal and after the same thing, we have to make a choice.

 

If the God of the Bible says that He is the only god and there are no other Gods then by logic we must believe what He says to be true. If God is about truth, goodness, and doing the right thing, then, it would follow that He cannot tell us something that is not true. You buy that? You have to if you believe anything at all. Then, tell me, how can Jesus be the Son of God in one religion and just another prophet in several others. He cannot be both at the same time. God Himself said Jesus was His Son in the Bible. The New Testament, inspired by God, tells us the same thing, that Jesus was God incarnate. How can this be true in the Bible but not true in the Koran, if God is truth and wisdom. They both cannot be true at the same time. How can we reconcile the Christian belief that we are all sinners and that sin taints us forever with the Buddhist belief that we can control ourselves through our minds and become one with the fabric of the universe? How can we reconcile the Christian belief that we get to heaven through the grace of Jesus Christ only with the Hindu belief that through reincarnational self-improvement that we will finally be perfected. If all roads lead to heaven, then, these religions should be speaking the same thing about how we get to heaven and the vehicle by which we get there. All of these beliefs are radically different about how we get to heaven and because they are logically different from one another, they cannot all be true at the same time.

 

Therefore, we have to make a choice. According to the Bible, there is only one God and He says Himself that this book, the Bible, is His Word. It is this book that tells us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. It is this book that tells us who we really are. All other religions blind us to the fact that we can make ourselves do good and be better but have you ever really tried that? We cannot get through a whole day without an evil thought of some sort. The Bible teaches us the reality about ourselves. We are rebels against God. The Bible straight up tells us that we are all sinners. On our merit, the Bible tell us, that we do not deserve heaven. The Bible tells us that one sin taints us, each one of us, forever. The Bible tells us the truth about ourselves that we deserve eternal judgment in a place called hell. Jesus tells us Himself that Hell exists and people will be judged and sent there in the absence of believing in Him as the Son of God and our Savior. Jesus is God who came down and broke into time and space and lived among us. He lived the perfect, sinless life that we could not live. That way, He could go to the cross as the perfect sacrifice for sin. There, He could take on the wrath of God against the sins of all mankind. By believing that Jesus was the Son of God and that He took on my sins at the cross and took the punishment that I deserved for them. And it is through His resurrection from the dead that we find our hope that we will live forever with Him in heaven.

 

If we believe in our all roads go to heaven belief system, how can we reconcile the God of the Bible with other religions. He makes bold claims in the Bible. One of them being that Jesus said that no one goes to the Father except through Him, only Jesus, no other. If we believe as all roads to lead to heaven and that whatever God is, He is truth and wisdom and justice. Then, how can it be true that He says that Jesus is the only way to the Father but yet all other religions are equally true too. Christianity makes bold claims that put us directly in conflict with the all roads belief system and the belief systems of all other religions. There is no reconciling Christianity with any other religion. The seeds begin here in the Old Testament. There is only one God. There is no other. He speaks the only truth through one book, the Bible, and there is only one way to heaven and that is through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Plain and simple. That’s it. No one size fits all. No all roads. This is it, the only way. Jesus Christ.

 

Amen and Amen.

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