Truth by Consensus
Globalism - Ecumenism
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The enlightened within our PC-plagued culture have ruled, and here’s the verdict: we all worship the same God. (Or the atheist's version: religions are lies swallowed by the mentally deficient.)
(Umm…residents of Vanuatu worship Queen Elizabeth’s husband? Einstein believed in God?) But I digress. PC consensus: “All religions are the same.” Not true: Exhibit A: Origins.
Anthropologists estimate that there are currently about 5000 distinct faiths in the world; interestingly, many were begun by one person. Some of those sole-proprietor patriarchs of faith pretty much just sat around and made stuff up. L. Ron Hubbard, for example, a former science fiction writer who once wrote that if you wanted to get really rich, you should start a religion.
We were warned. He started scientology.
Charles Taze Russell, for example, who started Jehovah’s Witnesses. Charlie really liked some parts of the Bible, but not other? Not so much. So he just took the liberty of editing the Bible to his liking. Just made it up as he went along. There are eight million Witnesses today.
Ahn Sahng-hong, for example, a Korean gentleman who thought up the proposition that if there is a God the Father then there should be a God the mother, and started a religion that goes door to door witnessing on her behalf. (The Church of God World Mission Society).
His followers view Ahn, now deceased, as the second coming of Christ, who came under a new name. (They use Revelation 2:17 as their proof text for that.) As far as I can tell they have no proof text for why Christ came and then died again.
But guys like these, with enough hutzpah to just start their own religion, are a minority.
Most sole proprietors claim direct revelation.
Zoraster, for example, who went to the river to draw water for a religious ceremony, and, while midstream, had a vision of a shining being who revealed himself as he waded in to draw it from midstream; and when returning to the bank found himself in a state of ritual purity, emerging from the pure element, water, in the freshness of a spring dawn had a vision. He saw on the bank a shining being, who revealed himself as Vohu Manah (translation: "Good Purpose") and led him to establish the religion Zoroastrianism.
Mohammed, for example. As Mohammed prayed in a cave near Mecca, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and gave him the foundations of the religion God wanted him to teach to the whole world: Islam, eventually telling Mohammed that he had been chosen as the Divine messenger and “Seal of the Prophets” (khatm). Muhammad continued to receive messages throughout his life, and slowly these messages were gathered into suras (chapters) and written down, eventually forming the Koran.
Joseph Smith, for example. In 1820 Joseph had a vision in God both Yahweh and Jesus appeared to him, revealing that all existing churches were apostate. Three years later he was visited by an angel named Moroni who told him about golden plates containing information (written in “Reformed Egyptian”) about the Native American tribes (that still ruled the west). Four years later Moroni finally told him where the plates were located. Joseph was able to translate the plates; that translation, the “Book of Mormon”, can now be found right alongside the Bible in a lot of hotel rooms.
The “I Am” religion ( motto: the relationship with oneself is the one we always need to heal most) was founded by Guy Ballard in 1930 after his being approached by the reincarnation of the Comte de Saint Germain, who asked him to spread a new, true religion. Thousands flocked to his seminars till he died in 1940. I AM centers still function in 25 countries. Followers continue to teach about Ballard’s revelations, and in 1990 there were more than 300 “I AM” centers in more than twenty-five countries
Sun Myung Moon, for example.
Jesus himself visited the sixteen year-old Sun Myung Moon in 1936 and told him to proclaim that he himself was the new Messiah. There are an estimated 5 million moonies in the world today.
Buddha, for example.
The Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), as a young man, left a wealthy family to search for truth. Trained by mystic priests, he put himself into a trance with the intent to reach unity with the cosmos. The week-long trance carried him to infinite heights of awareness and peace. Passing through the eight stages of Transic insight and achieving their highest point, He had achieved correct knowledge of all that could be known, in his own words, “even the sages in heaven, recognizing the supremacy of his enlightenment, bowed [to him]".
One thing is certain, the devil is truly going to and fro upon the earth seeking those he can devour.
But the point I want to make is this. These men, and their visions, all had one thing in common.
There was nobody else there at the time. Just them and the demon that spoke to them.
And that is the glaring difference. When God chose the Children of Israel and revealed Himself to them, calling them to follow Him in a covenant relationship (thereby founding the religion of Judaism), he called Moses out as the leader in front of the whole nation of Israel. An estimated 3000 people:
See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. 6 Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” 7 What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? 8 And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?
9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” 11 You came near and stood at the foot of the mountain while it blazed with fire to the very heavens, with black clouds and deep darkness. 12 Then the Lord spoke to you out of the fire. You heard the sound of words but saw no form; there was only a voice. 13 He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets. 14 And the Lord directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. (Deut 4:5-14)
Those 3000 people, if any part of the story written was false, could have (an some would have, obviously) squealed. But they didn’t because the narrative was true. And those people, all having seen the God of heaven call Moses as their leader, carried and transmitted that faith (although not always completely faithfully) for nearly 3500 years.
What about Christianity? Well, it’s a franchise of Judaism, in one sense. But even on its own, the pattern holds.
Paul records that more than 500 people saw the resurrected Christ.
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once.. (I Corinthians 15:6)
And those 500, and the myriads of Roman citizens that they converted carried that faith forward for another 2000 years (and counting).
Truth today seems so often to be derived by consensus. But truth is truth no matter who believes it. Judaism required only the testimony of two witnesses for proof.
But God made sure there was so much more. Even Obama says we all worship the same God.
Truth doesn’t cease to be true just because it has become politically correct.
No, Mr. President, we don’t!
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