About two weeks ago I was in India, a country of 1.2 billion people made up of 80 percent Hindus and 15 percent Muslims. Today I am in Malaysia where more than 60 percent of the population is Muslim. Next week I plan to be in Indonesia, the largest populated Muslim country in the world with more than 200 million Muslims. Literally billions of people need Jesus.
Did God leave mankind to perish in their sin and deception and religion? No! He loved them and continued to reach out to them. In the Bible we do not see man seeking after God; we see God reaching after man. Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16).
God took the initiative to reveal Himself in Jesus Christ. He reached out to us through Christ. We can know the Father through knowing Jesus. Jesus Himself said, “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well . . . anyone who has seen me has seen the Father . . .” (John 14:7, 9). When we see Jesus, we see Father God. We must accept and believe Jesus Christ in order to know God. And then with a heart of love share His Good News with others, one person at a time.
I know that many today believe there are many ways to God, but the Bible is clear—no one can come to God and go to heaven except through Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). The Bible tells us that not everyone will be saved (Matthew 25:41-42), and it really does matter what we believe, regardless of how sincere we are (Acts 17:22-31).
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