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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

An Early Morning Knock at Our Door

A neighbor knocked on our door at 7:00 this morning. He told me his mother-in-law, who lived with him and his wife, had just died. “Will you come over and say a prayer?” he asked. I followed him to his home, where I prayed with the family at the deceased woman’s bedside.

The death of a loved one or friend tests our faith and troubles our hearts, but our Lord conquered death and arose from the tomb to open Heaven for all who believe on Him. He removes the sting from death and instills invulnerable hope in our spirits. We know because He lives, we, too, shall live. Although death separates us for a time from our loved ones, it ushers us into the presence of our Savior (2 Cor. 5:8),

This morning’s newspaper reports that most Americans “believe their religion is not the only path to eternal life.” In a recent Pew Forum poll more than 60 percent of those claiming to be Southern Baptists said “many religions can be right about how to get to the hereafter.” Their opinion certainly doesn’t square with Southern Baptist teaching.

Obviously the theology our pluralistic society has become politically correct but Biblically incorrect. It seems to bend truth to fit a wide range of thinking. In the process of allowing everyone to think whatever is right in his own mind, post-modern culture has ignored what Jesus said about the way to Heaven. He said, “I am the way . . .. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

When “Who Wants to Make a Deal” was on the air, the host, Monty Hall, offered contestants the opportunity to choose one of three doors. Zonks were behind two of the doors, but a wonderful prize was behind the third. Religion may suggest many doors lead to heaven, but the Bible identifies one door as the only one that leads there. Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:9). I hope you have made the right choice.

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