Unlike Any Other, The God Of The Bible Pursues Us So That We May Know Him

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   3/23/2012

For many religions, the idea of knowing God is not common. It seems unreal and is even determined to be impossible.

Rituals, laws and good deeds are what numerous religions demand in order to make it to Heaven and not spend an eternity captured in fiery flames.

For millions of people around the world, the idea of a real, personal God is foreign instead of a reality.

Hinduism is a polytheistic and ritualistic religion. As they believe in numerous gods, they pray to these gods based upon their specific requests.

They believe that the only way for their prayers to be answered is if they appease their gods through rituals. Due to the complex nature of these rituals, Hindus’ primary means of approaching their gods is through their priests.

Through actions, knowledge and sincere devotion, Hindus spend their lives without any personal acknowledgement from their gods. Instead of being able to pray, personally, their only means of communication and prayer come from these legalistic rituals and meditation, according to The Illustrated Guide to World Religions.

Their beliefs include nothing of grace or a personal relationship with God.

Even Buddhists believe that salvation comes solely through human effort. Each individual determines their own path, and only through their individual efforts are they able to appease the gods.

“[The main differences between Buddha and Christianity are that] Buddha claimed to point to the way by which we could escape suffering and attain enlightenment, [but] Jesus claimed to be the way by which we could receive salvation and eternal life,” according to The Illustrated Guide to World Religions.

Jesus tells us that He is the way to God in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Even in Islam, the idea of a God who seeks after His children is considered blasphemy. They do not know a personal God; they do not know a Savior. Intimacy between man and God is unrealistic and does not exist. They do not know of the ability to live a godly life by the power of the Holy Spirit.

“The dominant Qur’anic and Islamic image of God is that of a master, and our relationship with him is that of a servant to a master. Islam does not allow for any intimacy between humanity and God...” according to Encountering the World of Islam.

Each of these religions, and every religion, seeks after the same thing...to please their god. Every other religion, except for Christianity has the same result--the only way to please God is through our own power, through our own good deeds.

The Bible, however, tells us that it is impossible to please God because he is holy. Because “we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” we cannot be holy on our own. It is only by the grace of God, through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross that we can know and please God.

“In other religions, the human race seeks to find God--but in Christianity God seeks to find us,” said Billy Graham in an interview with Gaston Gazette.

God loves us and pursues us. He does not leave His children to perish and go through life without knowing him. He desires for us to know Him, and he gave us the ability to do so through his Word, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Spirit.

It is because of Jesus' sacrifice that there is no longer a gap between us and the Creator of the universe. God meets us where we are and draws us to Him.

John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

All we could ever need comes from God’s unending love. It is with that love that He is always pursuing us, to draw us near to Him so we may have relationship with Him. Unlike any other religion, the God of the Bible offers grace and the ability to know Him and speak with him personally. 

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