~ To Unknown God ~
No Longer Winking
According to Bible, one can have a doctorates degree in religious education and still be clueless as to scripture's life applications, as knowing about God is quite different from knowing Him.
But natural man receiveth not things of Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. 2:14
And, unfortunately, it is human tendency to be lazy toward our own spiritual growth; allowing others to tell us what to believe. However, that isn't necessary. You already know verses. You just need to hear from God as to their application. 2 Tim. 3:14-15
Now, here's an example: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3
Do we believe that? Do we really believe it? Because if we do, we might also consider this verse paraphrased.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be clergy, or doctrines, or denominations, or religions: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is head of body, church: who is beginning, firstborn from dead; that in all things he might have preeminence.
Col. 1:16-18 (par.)
Notice, Who gets preeminence ~ certainly not a preacher, or doctrine, or denomination, or religion ... or whomever else we give to be our guide.
How's that for a shocker? Ok, so maybe you had figured that out, already. But, do you really realize what this means?
There was a purpose for Communism as there is a purpose for Muslims; just like there is a purpose for Jews, Christians, Catholics, Mormons, etc. ~ which likely began with destruction of tower of Babel and should be a hint that we could actually learn from each other.
Sure, people claiming other faiths have done some pretty horrible things; but, so have some who claimed to be our faith, too. Additionally true, there are also a lot of untruths in other religions. But, news flash, there are a lot of untruths in all religions. Why? Because an abundance of knowledge tends to make one prideful, wherein one's faith is no longer based upon Spiritual discernment.
It took a cross to make peace amidst such diversified faith systems. Col. 1:20-21 And yet, within all faiths continue practice of name calling. We use to call them things like sinner, backslider and hypocrite. But, finally realizing we're guilty of same things, choice of words became more refined terms; like heathen, pagan, and cult.
It is said that Jesus is God while condemning every faith that does not call God 'Jesus'. However, within same faith system, it is rare to never that God's other names are used ... and He was God of Salvation even before New Testament. Ps. 68:20
The bottom line is, when we stand before our Maker, it won't matter what we believed but Who. And praise Lord, Jesus made provision wherein tower to heaven could be rebuilt; only, this time, not so we could be God ~ but so we can 'know' Him.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For perfecting of saints, for work of ministry, for edifying of body of Christ: Till we all come in unity of faith, and of knowledge of Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto measure of stature of fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is head, even Christ: From whom whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to effectual working in measure of every part, maketh increase of body unto edifying of itself in love. Ephes. 4:11-16