What Is Truth?
 

 

This question from Pontius Pilate is one we all need to answer. Is there absolute truth? If there is, who is God? Do all religions lead to Him? Was Jesus God in the flesh or a madman? What is your decision?

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“What is Truth?”According to the Bible, this is the question Roman Governor Pontius Pilate uttered as he sentenced Jesus Christ to death on the cross almost two thousand years ago. Pilate was responding to Jesus’ statement that he had come into the world “to testify to the truth.”

 

                Pilate didn’t wait for an answer to his question because he wasn’t really seeking one. Pilate’s idea of the truth was drawn from his own circumstances and culture, and he didn’t want to be threatened by the possibility that it was wrong. He would not face the fact that there might be a different, or higher, truth. 

 

Centuries later, nothing has changed. In this day and age many people believe that if their own view of truth is right for them, then that is good enough. This belief leads to the conclusion that truth is relative and there is no higher Absolute Truth. If truth is relative, this means that humans are the determiners of all truth. Like Pilate, believers in relative truth avoid being bothered by the possibility of a Truth by which they will be held accountable—for eternity.

Is there really such a Truth, an Absolute Truth that will determine our eternal destiny? If so, is it found in following the ethical and moral codes of all religions? These codes provide exemplary ways to live within the framework of individual societies. It seems logical, therefore, to assume that following the universal moral codes (being a “good person”) leads to a blissful eternal life, no matter a person’s religion.

 

But, despite the common denominator of ethical and moral codes, religions differ dramatically from each other in their views of Absolute Truth and eternal existence.  Buddhists, for example, believe that life as we know it is a constant state of birth and rebirth until nirvana is achieved. In nirvana, all “illusions” disappear and a person is somehow liberated from self. With Hindus, the final state of humans is similar: all aspects of personhood disappear. And, generally speaking, all Eastern religions, like Buddhism and Hinduism (upon which most “new age” beliefs are based), have no real concept of sin because there is no personal God to sin against. With these religions, karma (the totality of a person’s actions in all lives) can be “good” or “bad,” but good karma (good works) cannot bring release from the birth/rebirth cycle. Instead, release must come through a form of “enlightenment.” On the other hand, Muslims do believe in a personal God (Allah) and look forward to an exclusive paradise only for his obedient followers. They consider the Christian belief in a triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to be a terrible heresy. The same is true for Jewish believers who say the Christ has not yet come.

 

And, what about Christianity?Christians believe that Jesus is Christ, the Savior. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

 

He said, “Whoever believes in [me] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s . . . only Son.”

 

Jesus said he came to testify to the Truth. He did not say he came to testify to one of many truths. Jesus left no room for other truths to exist. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus made outrageous claims;claims that only God or a madman would have made. If Jesus was a madman, then Christianity is an evil fraud. But, if Jesus is God, then he is Absolute Truth. The Truth is that Jesus came in kindness and love to save humans from sin. He was crucified and took the penalty for our sins upon himself. He was then resurrected as the “first born among many.” Believers in Jesus will be saved. In heaven they will be recognizable persons with “imperishable,” immortal bodies. And, an individual is saved only by God’s grace through faith; being a “good person” or being “enlightened” cannot bring salvation.

                               

By its very nature, Absolute Truth is divisive. It separates persons into believers and unbelievers. Do you believe the Truth rests with Jesus? Is it “relative”? Does it lie in being a “good person”? Or, is it found in another religion? You are responsible to make that decision for yourself, but the exclusive claims of Jesus cannot be ignored, or avoided.

 

 

 

What is truth?The answer stood right in front of Pilate, and Pilate did not recognize Him. Do you recognize Him? If so, then repeat this prayer with all your heart:

 

                Jesus, I believe you are the only Truth, and only through you can I be saved. I repent and believe you are the Son of God and that you came and died for my sins. Please forgive my sins in this one and only earthly life. Please accept me into your eternal kingdom and send your Holy Spirit to dwell in me and testify always to your Truth. Amen.

 

 

Scriptural quotations: Jn. 18:38; 37; 11:25-26; 3:18; 14:6; Ro. 8:29; 1 Cor. 15:52 (New International Version—NIV; italics are the editor’s). See also Ac. 3:19-23; Jn. 1:1-3; 3:17; 1 Cor. 15:53-56; Eph. 2:8-9; Lk. 10:16; Jn. 3:36; 1 Jn. 5:10-12; Jn. 3:17; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:10; Heb. 9:26-28.


Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
 

 

Is Christianity intolerant of other religions? Are their claims divisive and exclusive? If so, how can they also be inclusive? Your answer to "Who do you say Jesus is?" will determine your eternal future.

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Jesus once asked his disciples,"What about you . . . Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "Blessed are you [Peter] for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven." Jesus confirmed that he was indeed the Christ (Messiah) thus claiming he was God.  Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." He also said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."

 

Do these claims of Jesus bother you?

 

Does it upset you when Christians say that believing in Jesus is the only way to heaven?

 

                Perhaps you think such a statement is intolerant of other religions. After all, don't virtually all religions point to a spiritual destination characterized as eternal oneness, or happiness, or peace? Don't all religions encourage upright moral behavior? Don't all religions emphasize love and justice? Surely, then, one "Higher Power" must be the power behind all religions, and all religions must lead their followers to heavenly existence with that Power whether they believe in Jesus or not. Wouldn't that be the only just thing for a loving God to do?

 

In fact, the Christian claim seems not only intolerant, but also divisive and exclusive. There can never be world peace as long as nations and cultures are split by religious differences: certainly not if one claims to be right over all the others.

 

                But, Jesus never made any claims to the establishment of world peace through belief in him. Jesus said just the opposite would happen. He said, "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."

 

                Jesus knew his followers would be hated by the world because of him. He warned them that the world would rise up against them, and he even blessed them because of that: "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven." Jesus himself was crucified by the world. By coming as God in the flesh he made the Truth specific and drew the world's hatred like a magnet.

 

Jesus lived his earthly life without sin. That is why the world hated him, and hates him. His pure life exposes the sin of all who encounter him. Only those who repent and turn from sin can see Jesus for who he really is 'God who came in the flesh' because God only reveals himself to those who truly want to know and love him. That is why Jesus called Peter blessed. God, the Father, had responded to Peter's heart and given him saving knowledge of his Son.

               

If there is only one God, and if that God has truly come in the flesh through his Son, Jesus, then only one religion can lead to him: Christianity. Jesus is the fullest and most specific revelation of the one God of the universe. To deny him is to deny God.

 

The Bible says, "Anyone who does not believe God [the Father] has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son."

 

                Yes, the Truth is divisive: “Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Yes, the Truth is exclusive: "He who rejects me rejects him [the Father] who sent me," Jesus said. Heaven is only for those who love God and accept and embrace salvation through his Son. Yet, the Truth is also inclusive. Jesus said,   "My Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life." This is what a loving and just God would do' give each person the dignity of his or her own choice to believe in Jesus or not.

 

                All religions may encourage upright moral behavior; point to a destination characterized as oneness, happiness, or peace; and emphasize love and justice. But, no other religion has a savior who claimed he was God in the flesh; came to die as a sacrifice for human sin; rose from the grave; and now sits with the Father in heaven.

 

Jesus now asks you, whatever your religion, the same question he asked his disciples, "Who do you say I am?" Your answer to that question will determine your eternal future. You will never face a more crucial decision. Who do you say Jesus is?

 

                Lord Jesus, I believe that you are God and that belief in you is the only way to salvation. I believe that you died on the cross for my sin. I want to know you and love you and I ask you to forgive me and grant me eternal life with you. I now thank you for saving me and revealing yourself to me through our Father in heaven. Amen.

 

 

Scriptural quotations: Mt. 16:15-17; Jn. 14:6; 11:25-26; Mt. 10:34; 5:11-12; 1 Jn. 5:10-11; Heb. 4:12; Lk. 10:16; Jn. 6:40 (New International Version (NIV). See also: Jn. 1:1-4; 15:18-21; 16:33; Lk. 23:33; Jn. 8:42-47; 2 Cor. 5:21; Jn. 1:10-14;  Ac. 2:37-38; Heb. 9:26-28; Mt. 28:5-6.

 

 

Halloween
 

 

 Things That Go Bump in the Night Are Halloween happenings, trick, treat or truth? Learn about the origins of Halloween; what do the decorations, jack-o-lanterns, trick or treating really represent. What is the alternative?

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Halloween?

       

Did you know the origins of Halloween go back thousands of years? It is believed to have begun with the early Druids and Celts. Better known as Samhain, Halloween is the most important of the four yearly Pagan festivals of Sabbats. (pagan means UN-Christian)                

 

In 835 A.D., the church attempted to replace the pagan festival with Christian practices by moving All Saints Day from May to November 1, by designating October 31 as All Saints Eve.

 

However, this particular attempt failed and the age-old practices of Samhain are still flourishing. Today, Halloween is celebrated by Satanists, witches and wiccans. Ritualistic sacrifices (murders) of humans and animals on this day are well documented by police departments across the country.

 

It is the day when the veil between the living and the dead is considered the thinnest and the dead are called forth. It's a celebration of death, and Samhain is believed to be some type of figure associated with the "Lord of the Dead." Halloween is a day that glorifies Satan and all that is evil, and every element of the Halloween tradition has roots in these pagan practices. Please read on and you will see the TRUTH in 'Trick or Treat'.

 

What Do They Represent?

 

Costumes: Samhain was a night of demonic revelry and the only way frightened people could protect themselves was to masquerade as one of the demons to remain unnoticed in order to avoid death or ritualistic abuse.

 

Jack-o-Lantern: Evolved from carved turnips, a dark tale of a soul lost between heaven and hell. They were placed in front of homes to show support for demonic activities. It was also to prevent the demons or those who participated from entering and carrying off a family member.

 

Trick or Treat: The dead who were called out of their graves would wander around trying to find their former homes. Frightened villagers tried to appease these spirits by offering them gifts of fruit and nuts. If the spirits weren't pleased, it was thought that they would kill their flocks or damage their homes.

 

 

Bobbing for apples: A pagan practice intended to increase sexual fertility.

 

Halloween decorations: Tombstones, skull-crossbones, ghosts, mummies and graveyards etc. all originates from Halloween's emphasis on death.

 

Is there an alternative to Halloween?

 

YES, Jesus Christ is. "For God so loved the world; that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him".  John 3:16-17

 

"If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed". John 8:36

 

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?  2 Corinthians 6: 14-15.

 

Now that you've read a bit about Halloween and the alternative to the wickedness, do you still want to say I'm young yet and besides Halloween is for kids. I'm not a kid.

 

Don't let the holiday fool you. If you are attending a Halloween party at your work, or any other organized entity you are celebrating the pagan holiday.  What is more important to you, your life or the peer pressure? We need to wake up! Satan comes around subtly deceiving and conniving, he's after your very soul. Let him have his way with you and you choose hell and eternal damnation. To seek after the pleasures of this world is to deny Christ. Each time you know to do right and do it not it is sin. It is a compromise that hurts Jesus.

 

If you have never received Jesus into your heart, you need to know that He loves you like no other, without measure. He gave His life for you so that you may live. He wants to help you in everything. He wants to be closer than your mother, father, sister, brother or friend. Let Him.

 

If you have asked Jesus into your heart, but have compromised your beliefs by bowing to peer pressure and have said; I'll get right, I'll get ready, I still have time!

 

Guess what! TIME'S UP! If you're holding this tract in your hand, it is not an accident. The time is NOW. Pray this prayer with all the others willing to CHOOSE LIFE!

 

Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I come asking you to come into my heart. I believe that you are the Son of God; that you died on the cross for me. You rose again and are seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting to help me. I'm sorry I've compromised my life. I give you my heart, I give you my life from this day forward I will follow you. Write my name in the Lambs book of life for I choose life, I choose you.

 

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True Freedom is Found Only in Surrender
 

 

What is freedom? Is it our legal rights? Is it being able to do what we want, when we want? True freedom may surprise you, for it is total surrender.

 

DTW # 4009-T 

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In the United States every Julywe celebrate the birth of this great nation. More than two hundred years ago our founders declared, fought, and won their freedom from the oppression of a foreign king.

 

However, Christians here and around the world still serve another King: God, the Creator and Ruler of all nations. It is only in Him and his kingdom that true freedom is found. But, his kingdom is not of this world, and his freedom does not come like the freedom of this world. His freedom comes only by surrender, and his is the only freedom that ultimately really matters.

 

God's freedom is freedom from the oppression of sin. In the Bible, Jesus, God's Son, says, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to [oppressed by] sin.” And, everyone sins. The Prophet Isaiah writes, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.” The Apostle Paul says in Romans, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

 

Yet, sin is one of those words that we find hard to honestly apply to our own lives. It is easy to fool ourselves into believing that deep down we are basically good at heart and are not sinners by nature. When we do this we are deluding ourselves. In the Bible, the Apostle John writes, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” By denying our sinful nature we risk committing the only unforgivable sin: continued refusal to believe God's truth and to surrender our wills to Him.

 

It is difficult to surrender! The world conditions us to be tough and self-reliant. We seek to satisfy our own self-will apart from God's will. We make our own “gods” of worldly pursuits, pleasures, and relationships. The living God, our Creator, is ignored.

 

But, God is constantly calling to each of us to see the truth. God seeks to bring us to a point where we realize that our own self-reliance is meaningless apart from Him. At that point we discover the only real way to live in freedom is through repentance and surrender to God. He brings our wills into harmony with his. Jesus says that when this happens, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

Our freedom from sin ismade possible through Jesus' death on the cross. He took our penalty for sin upon himself so that we could be forgiven. Jesus Christ died and was resurrected so that we could have life “and have it to the full.”

 

True freedom provides rest for the soul. These are also the words of Jesus: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for

 

I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

 

When we surrender we no longer need to struggle trying to do life our own way. We are released from self-will and the power of sin! We are freed to live life God's way and to become exactly who He created us to be. That is why salvation through Jesus Christ is called being “born again.” God forgives and erases our sin and lets us start life all over. He sends his Holy Spirit to live in us and we become new creations in Christ.

 

If you do not already have this life of freedom, peace, and joy, you can have it right now. Just surrender your will to Jesus Christ and celebrate your Eternal Independence Day. You will be set free indeed!

 

Father in heaven, I confess that I am a sinner. I know that you sent your Son, Jesus, to die for my sins and to free me from my bondage. I now surrender and ask you to forgive me and accept me into your eternally free kingdom. Amen.

 

 

Scriptural quotations:Jn. 8:34;Is. 53:6; Ro. 3:23;1 Jn. 1:8;Jn. 8:31; 10:10; Mt. 11:28-29; Jn. 3:3 (New International Version - NIV). See also: Ps. 47:7-9; Jn. 18:36; Is. 59:1-2; Mt. 12:30-32; Pr. 14:12; Dt. 5:7-10; Mt. 6:19-21; 4:17; Eph. 1:7-8; Heb. 9:27-28; Jer. 29:11; 2 Cor. 5:17; 2 Cor. 3:17;Jn. 14:27; 15:11.