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Is there really only one Saviour?

April 19, 2006

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One prevailing ideology that shapes our modern world is our freedom to choose. We are now living in a day and age where options are always present and alternatives are plenty. From the simple task of choosing the right mobile phone to the more complicated responsibility of deciding our career path, the opportunity to choose which is which never seems to diminish. To some extent, we are fortunate.

The same principle applies to our choosing of the right faith or religion. I think this so called "freedom of expression" has somehow permitted us to worship almost every creature, regardless of whether the object of faith is real or imagined, to our own convenience. We can argue all we want on the basis of preference, culture, and sincerity, but if we truly believe in a Supreme Being, then our belief must conform to Him and not He to us. That or else, we are just fooling ourselves. We would then soon realize that the person who we call "God" is not really "the God" but instead, "ourselves."

Our desire to know the one true God shouldn't be pursued just for the simple purpose of self-fulfillment or spiritual bliss. It is so unfortunate that in such a circumstance where our eternal destinies are at stake, we could still manage to regard faith and religion like it is some kind of recreation or fad. We must seek God not only because we need to know Him, but also because we need to be saved.

The consequences of sin is not something to be taken lightly. Actually, this should be our main concern above all things. The effect of sin to the whole of mankind is so serious, that it is even possible to "know" the true God and still remain unsaved. Scary, but true. In John 8:24, Jesus warned the Jews about "dying in their sins." Now the Jews, in their arrogance and ignorance, failed to understand this at first. They were wondering why they need to be set free from any kind of bondage, when they are the descendants of Abraham and part of the covenant of God. Logically speaking, if there is any nation that God favored at that time, it must be Israel. But did God or Jesus really thought of it that way? Based on Jesus' response to the Jews, no. In Jesus' own words, he said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." For God, what matters is sin.

So if the root of all of our problems is sin, then what should we do? Can we do it on our own? Can we do anything to make it up to God? Actually, we can, but we must do it God’s way. Hebrews 9:22 says that “the law (old testament) requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” This is the reason why people in those times offered animal sacrifices to the priest once a year. It was God’s requirement. Moreover, yearly sacrifices were necessary because the offerings were imperfect, and therefore must be repeated over and over again.

But of course, the old covenant was only a preparatory stage to a more superior covenant, where Jesus is mediator (Heb. 9:15). The new covenant perfected (completed) the old one. This perfection could have not been possible without a mediator who is holy and unblemished (Heb. 9:14). Only Jesus Christ is qualified to accomplish all these. And that’s what He did, when He died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people (Heb 9:28). Imagine if another person would take the place of Jesus. Then he must have the ability to resurrect himself every time, so that he could sacrifice himself again for us once every year.

In the end, there can be no other conclusion but this: Jesus is the Christ; He is the Savior. There can be no one else, for He alone is holy, perfect, and pure . . . because He is God.

“. . . and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:30-31)

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)