Galatians 1:6-7 – “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all.”
Those who know me understand that I’m not a theologian. Not trained in the ministry in any way. In fact, I come from a humble background and suffered, mostly due to my own choices a difficult road to get here.
However, when you write posts as I’ve been sharing these last few months – some give me credit for knowing and/or being more than I actually am.
For as long as people have walked the earth, we’ve had this tendency to change our minds. Some change their core beliefs, or at least those they espouse as their truth – as often as others change clothes.
Many profess to be in love one day and even commit to living in love with that person forever. The next day they divorce the same person and pursue something different.
It’s also true in the ways people pursue God. And apparently, after reading Paul’s lament in his letter to the Galatians – it was true then too.
In our society, we enjoy the freedom to worship as we see fit. There is a smorgasbord of choices, especially when it comes to religious preference.
Today I’ll have some of this – but tomorrow decide I don’t like that anymore and will have something very different.
But underlying all of it, in my opinion, anyway, is one God. And he gave us one Gospel as the guidebook for our lives. It chronicles the life of Christ, God’s only son. It tells us of the things he did, and the lessons he taught.
Some choose to believe that they worship a different God. I personally believe that when we arrive at our home in heaven, God will let us in on a secret. One that he and his disciples laugh about often.
It’s that all people – of all faiths are actually worshipping him. Regardless of what they call him. All of the so-called “holy wars” are about is a difference of opinion on what they should call him and how to worship him.
Want proof? Just look at the list of names God uses to describe himself. One was “I AM”.
He’s also been known as Elohim. others have called him El. I often refer to him as Lord but also call him Papa, Father, and Jesus. Others call him Yahweh, Jehovah or Christ.
But it’s still one God. No one name is needed. All that is required is to believe that he exists. He will know based on your heart. And that’s enough.