I’ve experienced the love and presence and Spirit of God in Jesus, which are self-authenticating, so I don’t need external logic and evidence, ultimately, for spiritual things or salvation or spirituality.

But I was curious, intensely curious, what all these other religions and faiths and philosophies and ways of looking at life had that they thought was so compelling.

It is true that there are morals and truths common to all religions, faiths, and spiritualities.

But most of them are based on moral and religious rules, goody two-shoes, from Judaism to Islam to Roman Catholicism to Mormonism to Universalism. Being a “good person” is the number one religion of mankind: the deification of self. But they conveniently forget about God’s righteous judgment for their sins.

Then there is the emptying of self, which is put forward as the one great secret that you must awaken to in order to be enlightened: (the falsehood that the world and God and you are one in essence: Buddhism and the many Eastern (New Age) religions.

Then you have the 330 million gods in Hinduism (crazily also the current population of the US!)

Then you have the Occult, Satanism (which presupposes God), Secularism (just a spiritually empty life that deals with matter and making a living, consuming, and being entertained), Atheism (finite people angrily and arrogantly and zealously pretending they can know that there is no God out there anywhere), and Scientism–the deification of Science. And, “I don’t know-ism”–Agnosticism.

The great facts and mysteries of reality are: Existence (Matter, Time and Energy), Creation, Life, Consciousness, Conscience, Personality, the Moral Law, and the Breaking of the Moral Law (Sin), and Ultimate Justice. These things are absolutely unavoidable for any philosopher or person of faith, or any human being, period.

The Bible deals with: God, the Origin of the Universe, the Origin of Man, the Origin of Language and Music and Design, the Origin of the Moral Law and Conscience, the Origin of Sin, the ancestral people of Jesus (the Israelites) with their God-given types and shadows and metaphors of Jesus in the foreshadowing sacrifice of lambs for sin, etc., the War between Good and Evil and between God’s People and the Angels of Darkness, Jesus’ Atonement for All Sins of Everyone through His Death on the Cross and His Resurrection, the Salvation of Believers in Christ and all who seek God’s forgiveness, the Church, The Last Days, and the Two Eternal States of Being–union with God in His love; or without His Presence, in the Place of Righteous Judgment and Punishment for Sin.

Christian truth is not a means of manipulating anyone through fear to control them or to get their money.

It is the truth about life.

Curtis Smale