How Do We Know
Which religion is from the true God ?
Two Question Test Reveals the Answer
Can You Pass the Test?
FEELINGS NEVER CHANGE THE FACTS.
We start out feeling that the Book of Mormon is either true or false. No matter how sincere our feelings are, feelings can't resolve the issue. We must check the facts.
Life: Can You Pass the Test?
Discernment is the ability to tell right from wrong. Today, many people say that "God wouldn't let good people go to hell.." We tend to think that God will grade our lives on a curve, like classes in school; we'll do okay as long as we have more right than wrong. But, God grades us from a totally different perspective: Pass, or Fail. We need to use discernment in order to recognize which questions on the test will actually be graded and to rightly act on the correct answers to those questions. Life's two most important questions summarize the essentials of Biblical Christianity:
Question 1. Who is God?
Question 2. How can we be saved?
Who Can You Trust?
Just as with a test in school, we must study to learn the answers to the test of life. The Bible is the bottom line by which true Christians determine God's absolute truth. It is also our standard for exposing and refuting false doctrine which attacks the Body of Christ. (Eph. 5:11, Titus 1:9, Jude: 3). Just as with becoming a good automobile driver, it takes time and use to become familiar with and really know the Word of God.
There seems to be much confusion concerning God's salvation and how to get it. Today in America, we are taught unbiblical principles from the secular news media, "Christian TV," and even our own churches. But, we must recognize error before we can reject it. How do we sort out the truth from the error? The Bible is our answer. If what we hear does not line up with the Bible, we must go with the truth. It is therefore important to become proficient at correctly discerning Biblical truth (rightly dividing the word of truth) (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16),
A few years ago, only a few pastors taught false doctrine and most people knew enough to stay away from them. Today, people can become preachers without a thorough working knowledge of the word of God. Many of our modern seminaries don't teach the Word of God clearly any more. Future pastors are taught that the Bible can not be trusted. They are taught unbiblical stands on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, sex outside of marriage, or salvation without the biblical Jesus Christ.
Good, Church-Going People?
Instead of standing against false religions, many people who claim to be Christians are more interested in love and peace at all costs than truth at all costs. They might even accept non-Christians as church members because of their education, occupation, etc. When pastors oppose the teachings of the Bible, it becomes difficult for their followers to discover the real truth that comes from God. Today, there are many groups and individuals claiming to be "Christian" that fail to teach God's true answers to life's most important questions. Because of these problems it is extremely important that we know clearly what true Biblical Christianity is.
The Two Biblical Laws of Christianity
Law 2. God's method of salvation
These two principles define the foundation on which God's true church is built. If we disagree on these basic principles, we are not truly saved and are not brothers in the real Christ Jesus.
Law #1: The Identity of God?
The proper answer to this question is the object of salvation and the first step in our search for salvation. The identity of the true God is the key that opens the door to knowing the true God. Jesus built his church on the solid rock of the true God.
Who is the Biblical God?
In Isaiah 43:10, God states that there is no god formed before Him nor will there be one after Him. In Isaiah 44:6&8, God says that He doesn't know of any other god in existence. These verses establish that there is only one true God in existence in all of creation from all eternity to all eternity. This means that true biblical Christianity is monotheistic (meaning a belief that only one God exists). This one true God is revealed in the following three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Is the Father God?
The Father is God and is revealed through Jesus Christ, His son. Jesus said that the Father is Spirit and a spirit doesn't have flesh and bone (John 4:23-24; Luke 24:39). When Jesus prayed, he prayed to God his Father. When his parents missed him, they found him in his heavenly Father's house (the temple). When Jesus taught his apostles to pray, he taught them to pray to "our Father in Heaven.î The Father is called God many times in the Bible.
Who is Jesus Christ?
Herod the Tetrarch asked a very important question, "Who is this man I have heard so much about?" Being a ruler, he could have called almost any eye witness to find out just who this Jesus really was. He could have called Jesus' mother Mary or any of the disciples to tell him who Jesus was. However, his simplest solution would have been to ask John the Baptist whom he later had beheaded. It appears that he never got an accurate answer to his question.
It is interesting to note that Jesus taught his disciples using essentially the same question (Matthew 16:13-20). In verse 13, he asks, "Whom do men say I, the son of man, am?" and in verse 15, "Whom do you say that I am?" It is obvious from their answer that the men of the world did not know Jesus (verse 14). Peter answers the question with the proper identification: "Thou art the Christ (Messiah) the Son of the living God." Had he given an incorrect answer such as the identification the world made, he would have been just as lost. Peter's answer is not only accurate but profound. He is saying that Jesus is not just some ordinary sinner. Rather, he is saying that Jesus is the anointed one of God, who has come from God to save his people. He is saying that Jesus is exactly who God said he would be.
Christology is the study of who Jesus is and what he has done. These two concepts are essential to establishing the true identity of the real Jesus.
The first concept is his person (his nature and character).
The second concept is his work.
If you redefine who Jesus is or what he has done, you have defined a different Jesus. At what point would you acknowledge a phony Jesus? What if I deny that he died on a cross, claim he didn't raise from the dead, say he wasn't born of a virgin, and didn't pick any apostles?
How many things do I need to deny before you tell me that I redefined Jesus and no longer have the truth? Where do you draw the line? The Bible says Jesus "by himself, purged our sins" and "sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high." (Hebrews 1:3).
John tells us the significance of who Jesus is in John 1:1. In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Verse 14 says, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." Jesus said, "No one goes to the Father but by me." He also warned his apostles, "Beware of false Christs coming in my name saying, "I am he;" don't follow them." It is apparent that Jesus thought that it was very important to correctly identify who he was and what he did. Jesus asked "Whom do you say that I Am?" Jesus calls himself God (John 8:58), and is also called God by his apostle Thomas.
Is the Holy Ghost God?
In Acts, chapter 5, Peter asks Ananias why he lied to the Holy Ghost. Then he told Ananias that he and his wife had not lied to man but to God. Here an apostle calls the Holy Ghost, God (John 20:28-29).
What is the Trinity?
These three separate Persons all have the attributes of God and are called God in the Bible, yet the God of the Bible says that there is only one God. There are not three separate gods but the three persons are somehow the one true God of the Bible. This relationship is called the Trinity. This is not easy to understand, yet it is taught in the Bible. The more we read in the Bible about who the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are, the more we come to know the real God of the Bible. Isaiah 43:10 says that there is only one true God. Yet, at Jesus' conception, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost were involved (Luke 1:34-37). At his baptism (Matt. 3:13-17), there are three distinct personages involved: the voice of the Father, Jesus being baptized, and the Holy Ghost coming down from God like a dove. Also, Jesus was resurrected by the Father (Heb. 11:19), the Son (John 2:18-22), and the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:11). Even though these three seem to be separate, they all claim to be the same God. These three really are the one true trinity God of the Bible. This point separates true believers from false believers and non-Christians.
Law #2: God's Method of Salvation
The next important point is God's true method of salvation. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one goes to the Father but by me." Thus, salvation is through the real Jesus of the Bible. He is the object of truth. The biblical method of salvation is clearly described in Ephesians 2:8-10: "For it is by grace that we are saved through faith and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works lest anyone should boast. For we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works which he has foreordained that we should walk in." God's salvation is free. There is no way that anyone can earn or become worthy of it. This is the second point that separates the saved from the unsaved.
True religion must have these two Biblical laws right.
These two Biblical laws are the stumbling block for the false religions of the world.
False religions always redefine who God is or how to be saved.
False religions usually attack a portion of the trinity and more especially the person of Jesus.
When examining the truthfulness of a religion or religious group, the first step is to determine exactly who they say Jesus is and whether or not one must earn or become worthy of salvation. If their answers to either of these two items are wrong, then it really doesn't matter how many other things are correct; having the right answers to the wrong questions will still cause them to Fail God's test of life.