Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington

Everyone has an opinion

A well-known Christian speaker recently posted on social media that she was suffering from poison oak and asked for the best remedy. She received countless replies—each person absolutely certain their remedy was the most effective.

Problem is, the opinions were not only varied, they were often in direct conflict.

Take a hot shower to relieve the itch.
Don’t take a hot shower. It will make the itch worse.

Cover the affected area with an oatmeal paste
Don’t use oatmeal, use the inside of a banana peel.

Soak a cloth in coffee and wrap the affected area.
Don’t use coffee, use vodka to wrap the affected area.

What should she do? What works for one person might not work for another. All she can do is try the various options and hope one is effective for her.

Life can be like that. We’re surrounded by opinions on everything from politics to pasta. From clothing to cars. And from toothpaste to tomato paste.

We try different product brands until we find the brand we like. And we even do it with religion. But unlike toothpaste and clothing and cars and even politics, applying the rule of popular opinion to religion has eternal consequences.

So if we can’t put stock in opinion polls, how do we know which set of religious beliefs is right?

All Religions are Not the Same

It might help to see what the various world religions have in common…and how they differ. For example:

All religions are about humanity reaching up to achieve heaven…except Christianity.
Christians know God reached down to us first in the person of His Son, Jesus.

The founder of every religion is dead and buried…except Christianity.
Jesus Christ’s tomb is empty because He is alive.

Every religion requires following a list of rules to please God…except Christianity.
Christians know our ability to please God is based on a relationship made possible by Jesus Christ.

All religions require people to try to be good enough to earn salvation…except Christianity.
Christians know that nothing we can do will make us good enough to meet God’s standard of holiness.

The fact that Christianity differs from every other world religion tells us something significant. You can choose from among many world religions that offer various paths to the same destination. Or you can choose Jesus Christ, who blazed a new path to heaven, made possible for us because He’s the only one who had been there first and then came to show us the way.

Everyone has an opinion. But not all opinions are equal.

What is your choice? Why?

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7 Comments

  1. Geoff watson

    Thanks for taking the time to put such important questions before your readers in a concise but relevant fashion.

    I am learning to write- and supposing I was able to write as gently but pointedly as this post does- it would take me ?hours/days.

    Keep writing. You have gems to share.

  2. Ava Pennington

    Thank you, Geoff.
    You keep writing, too!

  3. Geoff watson

    Ava
    I shared this particular post with Lisbet my wife- and she wold like to print it. May we have your permission to do that?

    Thanks for your encouragement to keep writing.

  4. Ava Pennington

    Sure, Geoff.
    Also, if you reprint it anywhere, just be sure to include the author attribution and website link.
    Thank you!

  5. Geoff watson

    Thanks Ava. Will do.

  6. Evie

    Again, right on!!! Some humans are like wobbling weebles. They try different “religions” to find what they like! They just need to put Christ in their heart and no more wobbling!!
    Thanks so much for the reminder!!

  7. Geoff watson

    Evie

    While I agree with your sentiments about Christ- let’s remember that we were all once wobbling weebles- or to be Biblical – dead in trespasses and sins- but God who is rich in mercy out of his great love for us, even when we were dead in our trespasses and sins, made us alive together with Christ.
    While I am sure you did not mean to harshly judge those outside of Christ- the reality is I would still be there were it not for God’s mercy and love alone.
    I would look at those outside of Christ as sheep without a shepherd, and show compassion, and not use harsh labels!
    The first 10 verses of Ephesians 2 helps me appreciate the goodness of God- and my desperate condition of bondage before He rescued me.
    Much love Evie in the Name of the Christ who laid down His life for one as wretched as me.

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