For a number of weeks now, the letters to the editor in the Port Washington News have sparked numerous letters. It started with accusations against myself and our church and has basically continued on a critical note. I have expressed that I have no desire to be an offense to anyone, but that I seek to speak the truth in love. Perhaps this letter will stimulate interest in seeking truth.
Numerous letters related a basic theme of "Everyone is entitled to his own beliefs." I disagree with a view that says, "It doesn't matter what anyone believes, for we will all get to God in our own way." Does not logic itself teach us that this is not possible? The various religions of the world may have some things in common, but they do not all describe the same God, nor do they describe similar ways to get to God. If God is God, then He is what He is, and will not be a contradiction of what He is. If someone is to come to God, he cannot go in two directions that are opposed to one another. There is a certain direction that must be taken for someone to go Montauk. He cannot simply get on any bus or walk in any direction.
Now a person may look to religion for various reasons, but high on that list is a hope of Heaven. Since various religions teach various ways to God, they cannot all be right. A religion, therefore, should be able to give some rationale that its way will finally bring one to God. The newer generation does not tend to follow a religion just because it was the religion of their parents. Each person should be able to ask, "Why should I believe this? Why should I do that?" Every person is free to believe whatever he wants with or without reason, but it is reasonable to seek some assurance that one is on a road that does lead to the desired destination.
I believe that God gave us the Bible as a revelation to help us know the truth. It is simply not true that the Bible is subject to various interpretations. Just as a man writes a book with a specific message, so God has inspired men to write His Book, the Bible, with a specific message. A seeker of truth may find it. There is evidence to believe that Jesus was God become man to provide the way to Heaven. It is Jesus Who said: "I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6). Jesus said that "unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins" (John 8:24). Man is a sinner who has come short of the holiness of God. His sin separates him from God. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin when He died on the cross at the hand of the Father. He rose again and offers people the gift of eternal life.
People can believe whatever they want, but Jesus says that they will die in their sins if they do not believe in Him. I am not asking for you to believe me. I am asking for each one to search for himself (Acts 17:11). I am asking each one to consider who Jesus is and what He has done. Have a blessed study.
Dr. John Michael Thomas
Pastor of the Bible Church of
Port Washington and
Port Washington Christian School