Do You Believe in Love? Global Spirituality at the Close of the Age

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

Relgious SymbolsThe greatest, single objection to the Christian Faith is its' exclusivity. That exclusivity is best defined by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself in John 14:6, where our Lord says, "I am the way, and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me." That verse is either greatly misunderstood to mean a variety of things OR it means that Jesus is the only Savior and way to Heaven. There really are no other options. IF Jesus is the only Savior of the world, then all other faiths and belief systems are false and cannot save their followers in this life or the next.

On the face of it, that statement by our Lord seems simply outrageous in an age of tolerance and multiculturalism. As a matter of fact, the sharing of that belief in almost any public setting today can bring about an angry response of rejection and vilification. If you're not sure about that...just try it. If we are honest about it, many Christians struggle with this core belief because most of us just want to "get along" with everyone. Few Christians are looking to stir up things and get into fights with neighbors, friends or the media.
 
The real heart of this battle is best seen in a recently released video by Pope Francis a week ago. In the video that can be found and watched at www.thepopevideo.org, Pope Francis is featured with representatives of Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Each person makes a statement about their beliefs as follows:

The Buddhist, Lama Rinchen Kandro, claims, "I have confidence in the Buddha."

The Jew, Daniel Goldman, a rabbi, states, "I believe in God."

The Catholic priest, Guillermo Marcó, says, "I believe in Jesus Christ."

And finally the Muslim, Islamic cleric Omar Abboud, says, "I believe in God, Allah."

Following these pronouncements of their individual faith, the Pope states that all of them are "children of God." The same four religious leaders then repeat the phrase, "I believe in love."

As we look at this video, it raises profound and troubling questions for us all. Clearly the Pope is not representing the Lord Jesus Christ and His words in John 14:6. Since the Pope is supposedly the "Vicar of Christ," one might think it would be important to be clear on what Jesus said and what it means for everyone. That surely was not the message of the Pope and his video that was meant to encourage prayer and religious dialogue among the faiths.

The obvious problem with the Pope's well intentioned video, and recent statements to the media, is that none of the speakers in the video have the same idea of "love" or "god." Their beliefs are all radically different from one another if you study them in any detail. After all, how could they not be when the Islamic cleric and the Koran totally reject that Jesus is God's Son? As a result, Muslims can't accept John 3:16 that asserts God's Son is given in love to be the Savior of the world. None of these beliefs and/or faiths have anything in common with the God of the Bible or the Lord Jesus of the Christian Faith. All you end up with here is a group of confused religious leaders trying to get along and dialogue with one another. Surely this profound disagreement among the faiths cannot reflect some true spirituality that makes everyone "children of God." To believe that would be dishonest if facts and evidence matter.

It is very clear in the recent statements by the Pope that he has been moving toward a popular heresy called "Universalism," namely "all will be saved." This heresy is surely not new. Even here in Grand Rapids, Michigan a well-known bumper sticker that says "Love Wins" has made the rounds, eventually leading to a book of the same name that supported "Universalism" to Christians. No friends, "Universalism" is here to stay in these last days as we approach the Lord Jesus' return and the final judgment of the Nations in Matthew 25:31-46.

As we look at all that is going on now, we must see a clear movement toward a global spirituality under the Antichrist, which completely rejects the Lord Jesus Christ and the narrow way of salvation our Lord defines in passages like John 14:6. IF Jesus is not Lord of all, He is Lord of nothing at all. There is no middle road here for the Pope or anyone. IF Jesus is not the only solution to sin and death through His Cross and Resurrection, then Jesus really died for nothing. If that is true, then the Christian Faith and history of missions is a sad joke for those that believed the Gospel and gave their lives so others might hear.

We clearly are coming to a close of the age deception within the professing Church and religious world. Deception will be the defining spirit of the age that will grow in fervor and intensity. In the end, all of us need to personally decide IF we need a Savior and if Jesus is Who He claimed to be. As C.S. Lewis said so well in Mere Christianity, 

"Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
 
May we all choose well.......... as if eternity depends on it.