“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – Jesus
A brief review of the major world religions will show that they all had their respective founders. Judaism was founded by Abraham, Buddhism was founded by Buddha, Islam was founded by Muhammad, Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith, the Jehovah’s Witnesses were founded by Charles Taze Russell…. and yes, for the sake of remaining politically correct, Christianity was founded by Jesus Christ. In all these religions and their founders, only one founder claims to be more than the others, Jesus Christ. No matter how much the Jews respect and honor Abraham, no one has deluded himself into equating Abraham with God. No matter how protective the Muslims are of Prophet Muhammad’s name and image, they draw the line at equating Muhammad with God. Muhammad is the greatest and the last prophet, but he is not God. Each religious leader and founder points away from himself and towards their respective deities. Only Jesus claims to be God. Only Jesus points to himself and says, “Follow me!” Continue reading Jesus is Not the Christian Muhammad
This post is worth re-reading. We could all use a friend, and Jesus is the best!
“Sin isn’t only doing bad things, it is more fundamentally making good things into ultimate things. Sin is building your life and meaning on anything, even a very good thing, more than on God. Whatever we build our life on will drive us and enslave us. Sin is primarily idolatry.”
– Tim Keller
I’d rather keep this a secret, but experience has taught me better. I confess that I have found myself frequently (much too frequently) scanning the Stats page of this blog. At first, it was out of mere curiosity. I would casually scan through the numbers, graphs and maps and not think much about it. But before I knew it, I was hooked. Now it has become my first stop every time I log in. Keeping track of the number of views on my posts has become a private obsession. This has not been without consequences. I realized that I had even begun to sub-consciously craft topics that are more likely to attract attention and generate more traffic to the site. Yes, I know all about Search Engine Optimization and other technical-sounding marketing terms. I am also aware that the point of blogging publicly is to be read by the public, so anything that attracts more readers is essentially a positive thing, right? Continue reading My Blogging Idolatry