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DO ALL ROADS LEAD TO GOD?

We’ve all heard the phrase flow like honey from their lips: “All roads lead to God.” I immediately arch my back, ready to strike. Maybe I should not be so hasty. What does the Bible say?

“Every knee will bow before me, every tongue will confess to God.” (Romans 14:11)

In the last book of the Bible, we read of people calling to the mountains and rocks to fall on them. Why would they want that? So they’ll be hidden “from the face of him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” (Rev 6:16)

John also prophesied, “I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written.

These believe-what-you-want folks may have something. What do you think? Is that how you want to meet God? If you had things worked out between God and you, why would you want the mountains and rocks to fall on you?

Remember sneaking a peek at your report card? We usually knew if we needed to worry. I never wanted to look at my math and science grades. I wanted to hide them under a rock.

As a youngster, I learned what we called the Romans Road:
1. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
2. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (6:23)
3. God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (5:8)
4. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (10:9)

Other verses lead us on this same road of salvation:
The most well-known verse in the Bible, John 3:16, says, “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.”

The jailer asked Paul and Silas, “What must I do to be saved?” Their response was simple, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:30-31).

Jesus said, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” (John 10:9)

And in case you think you can work it off, Isaiah 64:6 says “our righteousness is like filthy rags.”

Be sure you’re on the heaven road, and you won’t have to worry about rocks and mountains falling on you. Instead, the Rock of Ages will shelter you.

Every knee shall bow before me, every tongue confess to God. Romans 14:11

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YOU THINK YOUR POOL IS DIRTY!

While I wait for some pictures for my next post, we’ll all thank God our pool is not so dirty as this one.  This pool once belonged to Herod, the Roman governor, in Caesarea.  It reminds me of the verse: 

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.  (Isaiah 62:6)

We remedy this not with chlorine bleach or algaecide or a good sweeper, but with another verse in Isaiah (1:18)

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.   

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (I John 1:9)

You can read another pool story in Ebenezer and Ninety-Eight Friends.

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