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Why so many conflicting religions (part 2)

2. Denying the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The other main reason for the dissensions in the body of Christ is that of denying the only God and our Lord Jesus Christ. But how is this feasible when they are all mentioning the name of Jesus Christ? Well Jesus Christ forewarned His disciples saying, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” He also said, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:4-5, 11-12).

The main reason why the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ is denied, it is because the majority of those who profess to believe in him fail to ascribe to Him the honor and glory due to Him as God. Jesus Christ on many occasions confirmed His unison with the Father, but unfortunately many people do not honor Jesus Christ as they honor the Father, they are disregarding His Sovereignty and majesty.

On several occasions Jesus Christ alluded to the fact that He and His Father are one. In revealing the Father to the disciples Jesus said to them, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?” (John 14:7-10).

Jesus said again, “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him” (John 5:22-23).

The crux of the matter is Jesus Christ and the Father are one. You see one, you see the other. You honor one, you honor the other. You reject one, you reject the other. And according to the apostle Paul, “For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:5-6).

It is Jesus Christ who created all things, it is He who said, “Let there be light and there was light.” It is he who, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men”.

And He is the Word who became 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” (John 1:1-3, 14).

Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:15-18).

Unfortunately, this is where He is denied, we fail to ascribe to Him the honor, the majesty, the sovereignty and glory that is due to Him as the Lord. People make it appear as though just mentioning the name of Jesus and singing praises to Him is all that is required of them. But the truth of the matter is there are protocols, regulations and a prescribed manner by which one can have fellowship with Jesus Christ and consequently with the Father also, since when one is honored the other is also honored.

The apostle John gave us an insight on how this protocol goes, he wrote, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned we make Him a liar and His word is not in us” (1John 1:5-10).

An important thing to note is that the same protocol that is required to have fellowship with the Father and the Son is the same that is required to have fellowship with one another, as verified again by the apostle John who wrote: “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1John 1:3).

Now since Christian fellowship is with the Father and the Son, one should not approach it haphazardly, or without due reverence, for this is what the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified” (Leviticus 10:3).

So these are two typical examples of why there are so many conflicting ideologies in the Christian religion, but to have a deeper understanding and a better insight of why are there so many conflicting religions one has to begin from the very inception of man’s existence.

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