"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—" ~ Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
Millions of people in the world label themselves as Christians. That's great, but in a recent poll (see page 8), it was found that 57% of evangelical Churches believe that many religions can lead to eternal life.
My mind cannot wrap my head around this figure! Surely the they misunderstood the question!It's all about Christ, belief in His grace, His death and His resurrection!
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."~ John 3:16-17 (NIV)
The biblical Pharisees were caught up in religion and the law, and today we can find ourselves doing the same if we are not careful. We can beat ourselves up for having a drink at Red Lobster or debate whether eating shrimp makes you unclean all day long, but Christ has called us to not judge others by what they eat or drink. Or just about anything else.
Pause and read Romans 14 by clicking on the link. It's a quick read. 22 verses. Definite food for thought, pardon the pun.
My husband's ex-wife's religion does not permit her to eat certain foods. For her, these foods are unclean. I do not believe this way, but to her it is sin to eat pork. Imagine my horror when Kristyn informed me at the last minute she was coming by the house one night and I had pork chops on the table for supper! Her son, then 5, wanted to eat. He got a vegetarian meal that night, and Tabitha was appreciative that I didn't judge her and point out verses where Christ declared all food clean (she would have pointed out more where she felt He didn't). Our faith in Christ has saved us. We know our thoughts about food are a potential fire hazard, so we don't go there. I recently had the opportunity to spend the day with her. She helped me tremendously at the hospital with Nolan, and when we were down in the cafeteria, there the opportunity was again. Pork chops, hah hah! We were going to be eating together, so I ordered chicken strips. I didn't want to fan a flame. By the same token, I should admit that I'm some Pharisee-ical about not cussing, and she never does in my presence, although I know she peppers her language a little bit around others. She is always careful and apologizes to me.
I have other Pharrisee-ical quirks that I'm working on. I am forgiven, but not perfect.
The last half of the quote read...
"...a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.”
What is a spiritual man? I'm going to go out on a limb here and say one who is concerned about the matters of not doing anything to grieve the Holy Spirit. One who is saved by grace and knows it. That's my definition and I'm sticking to it.
"What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!" ~ Romans 6:15 (NIV)
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." ~ Psalm 19:14 (NIV)