Why Can’t I Get to God Through Other Religions?
There are basically two approaches to religion in the world. The first is a religion that is based on your own good works – and nearly every religion in the world is based on this premise. The second is a religion that acknowledges that no one can be good enough to gain salvation, and so God must somehow provide it – Christianity is the only religion based on this premise.
Stealing a Cookie
It seems simplistic, but the truth is, the first time you did something that you knew was wrong, you were disqualified from heaven. So, the first time you stole a cookie, knowing that your mother told you not to touch them, you had committed a sin. But the Bible explains the reason for this is the nature we inherited from the first parents of all mankind, Adam and Eve – and it is called ‘original sin.’ Every person on earth was born with what is called a ‘sin nature,’ which impels us to rebel against God’s order – what the Bible calls ‘sin.’
The Apostle Paul explains the fallen and hopeless state of mankind when he declares, “As it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one…'” (Romans 3:10, ESV)
In his commentary on this passage, Matthew Henry explains, “Here again is shown that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness.”
In contrast to all other religions, the Bible teaches that due to original sin, not only do we commit sin, but it is our nature to do so. This inherited sin nature separates each of us from God and results in being under God’s judgment, rather than in relationship with God.
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