God, Blending Faiths, and You

Here are scriptures God wants you to spiritually meditate upon while pondering this topic and reading this post.

Exodus 20:1-3
New King James Version (NKJV)

20 And God spoke all these words, saying:

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.

Luke 13:28
New King James Version (NKJV)

28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.

Galatians 5:19-21
New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

I had an enlightening encounter with a guy from India. He is very active on another site and requested that we IM, so my computer-challenged me decided to struggle through it. He is Hindu by birth and yet loves Jesus, so much so that most of the things he focuses on while on the other site are about God, Jesus and scripture. He has a wonderful love that comes through his questions for us to answer as well as a level of spiritual maturity that intrigued me.

So, we dialogued. I asked him when he first knew Jesus. His answer amazed me because he had been only nine years old. Then I asked whether he had asked Jesus into his life and heart as Lord and Savior. His reply was telling: he said he loves Jesus. Now, you who read this know that’s not what I asked. So, I asked differently: have you surrendered all that you have and are to Him? Is He the Lord of your life?

He then shifted the dialogue elsewhere and said that he is spiritual and that all who are spiritual are one just as God is one. Well, on the surface that sounded spiritual but not Christian, so I asked if he was involved with Hindu practices. He replied he follows a “spiritual master.” Aha! That means he follows and loves Jesus and Hinduism.

As a spiritual leader, I had to share that God is not okay with blending faiths like Christianity and Hinduism. He wants people to choose which they will follow. The guy began to get upset and told me I was judging him. I told him it’s not I who judges and sets the rules but God who does. He shared that he is happy with the way things are in his spiritual life and does not want to change. He kept saying he loves Jesus. I kept saying that it’s wonderful to love Jesus, but Jesus wants us to love Him alone and not Hindu gods. We let it go with the understanding that we love and respect where the other is spiritually even though we don’t agree.

If you call yourself a Christian and are blending following Jesus with any other spirituality, I urge you to consider what you are doing. Scripture says that you cannot worship God and mammon. Scripture also shows God being very upset at the children of Israel when they worshiped Him and Baal, Milcom, whoever. When you worship God, you need to worship Him exclusively and follow His way of life alone.

Again, if you are worshiping Buddha, Brahma, doing eastern meditation or yoga or the occult, wicca, ouija boards, or tarot cards, stop and consider how God feels about your doing so. You can have an eternity with Him if you truly surrender every area of your life to Him and make sure it’s compatible with His will and way of life. He stands ready to forgive your mistakes as long as you ask for that forgiveness and make the changes you need to make.

copyright 2013, Pastor George and Sharon Billington, All Rights Reserved

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