The Only Option

They feared the Lord and served their own gods according to the custom of the nations from among whom they had been carried away into exile. – 2 Kings 17:33

People today, like the ancient Assyrians, prefer to keep their options open.

When the Assyrians attempted to occupy Israel after massive deportations, God sent lions into the land to kill them. As you might expect, this produced more than a little respect for Israel’s God and so the Assyrians “feared the Lord and served their own gods.” One might say that they “hedged their spiritual bets.”

This type of syncretistic faith is prevalent in the 21st century as well. Today, it is popular to dabble in all religions and considering them equal in merit, because no one really knows which is best anyway. Don’t all roads lead to heaven?

While it may sound wise to cover all of your spiritual bases, in reality the results can prove disastrous. Jesus said that He was the way, the truth, and the life (note the use of the definite article), meaning that there can be no other way to a relationship with His Father. Any attempt to have it all will only lead to eternal loss. The test might be multiple choice, but there is only one true answer.

To fear (revere and worship) God is to serve only Jesus, His Son.

Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ. – Blaise Pascal

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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