Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Hot Topics... Religions: Other
have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My Voice; and they will become one flock with one Shepherd.
John 10:16 (NASB)
I permitted myself to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'
Isaiah 65:1 (NASB)
Christianity is the world's largest religion, followed closely by Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Only one claims a Savior Who was raised from the dead, but every faith declares itself to be true and right.
I grew up in a cultural Christian family, but I left that social club and became a Buddhist. My brother (now deceased) was a Buddhist for decades. But not me. I didn't find the Answer I needed.
Years later, I found Christ, and I was eager to learn. So I searched the Bible with heartfelt questions, including these: What happens to good people from other religions...? People who live sacrificing lives to help others...?
I found it hard to accept they were destined for hell. My resolutions are detailed in the link below,* but I ask my Christian kin to consider two points:
1) We shouldn't presume to know the fate of outsiders. They can meet Jesus and profess Him while they're dying. The sinner hanging next to Him on a cross proves it.**
2) We represent Christ best in the fruit of His Spirit. These delightful appetizers are cross-cultural. People of other faiths will notice and be impressed.***
## Hot Topics, Religion: Others (Part 54)
* Previous 2-part devotion series, Other Religions:
** Luke 23:39-43: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+23%3A39-43&version=NLT
*** 'The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!' (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hot Topics series.