Founded on mercy

157 founded on graceDo all paths lead to God? Some believe that all religions are a variation of the same theme - doing this or that and going to heaven. At first glance, it seems to be so. Hinduism promises the believer unity with an impersonal God. Getting into nirvana requires good works during many rebirths. Buddhism, which also promises nirvana, demands that the four noble truths and the eightfold path through many rebirths be kept.

Islam promises paradise - an eternal life full of sensual gratification and pleasure. In order to get there, the believer must adhere to the Articles of Faith and the Five Pillars of Islam. Leading a good life and sticking to traditions leads the Jews to eternal life together with the Messiah. None of these can save the trailer's rescue. There is always a big if - if you can follow the rules then you will get your reward. There is only one "religion" that can guarantee a good result after death, without at the same time including a reward for good deeds or a right way of life. Christianity is the only religion that promises and delivers salvation through the grace of God. Jesus is the only one who sets no conditions for salvation except the belief in Him as the Son of God who died for the sins of the world.

And so we come to the middle of the crossbeam of the cross of "identity in Christ." The work of Christ, which is a work of salvation and replaces the works of men, is the grace whose center is our faith. The grace of God is given to us as a gift, as a special favor and not as a reward for anything we have done. We are examples of the incredible wealth of grace and goodness of God towards us, as shown in everything he did for us through Christ Jesus (Eph 2).

But that may seem too easy. We always want to know "where is the catch"? "Do not we have to do anything else?" In the last 2.000 years, grace has been misunderstood, misapplied and many have added much to it. Due to nagging doubt and suspicion that salvation through grace is too good to be true, legalism proliferates. She already arrived at the beginning of [Christianity]. Paul gave the Galatians some advice on this matter. "All who are well beheld in the flesh, compel you to be circumcised, just so that they will not be persecuted for the sake of the cross of Christ [that alone saves]" (Galatians 6,12).

As believers in Jesus, the Savior, we are under grace, not under the law (Romans 6,14 and Ephesians 2,8). What a blessing to be free from tire jumping and hurdles. We know that our sins and sinful natures are always covered by the grace of God. We do not have to perform for God, nor do we deserve our salvation. Do all paths lead to God? There are many paths, but only one way - and this is based on grace.

by Tammy Tkach


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