American Religious Views…An Opinion

The identity of Jesus of Nazareth has been a source of study for many centuries. He claimed himself to be the Son of God and equal with God. This is the reason His enemies sought His death.

This identity of Jesus is revealed in the Bible that records the Source of all Truth as we understand it. Interesting enough, it seems that this Truth is seen, taught and distributed as relative to not simply situations, but also how history seems to have influenced racial culture as well. Truth seems not to be absolute across racial lines although the Bible is quite clear that Truth as revealed by God’s Word is absolute and NOT relative.

What the Bible tells us about truth is this: “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:12-13, NASB. Wait, there is more, “Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:5-6. And Paul writes, “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17.

“But wait a minute,” many may say, “I do not believe the Bible to  be100% accurate.” And this is a fact of record, not everyone believes or even thinks that the Bible is true, inerrant and inspired of God. This is the Great Wall of Divide that separates many in America and around the world. 

Not all evangelical church-goers are Chrisitian, either. I know this is true simply because of the doctrinal statements of so many denominations or faith groups. Sadly, as I pointed out earlier, these statements are also driven by political, racial, and history as well. One can choose from either of these and find that religious beliefs are deeply influenced by each. 

No matter, there will be a moment in history to come that will be defined by God Himself and that is clearly spoken of in the Bible. Not one human being will be able to deny the Truth at that moment for God will have judged us at that moment. John records this in Revelation 20:11-15, “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” 

As I wrote earlier, some of this is my opinion only, but that which comes from God’s Word is God’s Truth. America’s religious and political values are deeply divided: some are correct, but many are not. Do with it as you might, but Jesus remains Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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