Tuesday, December 13, 2016

God and gods: Apples and Oranges

Many people say "We all worship the same God so all religions are the same!"

Unitarian-Universalism is the notion that all people without regard to religion will eventually be saved. As such which god by name that is worshiped is of no difference because all gods are God!

Many, even non-Unitarians, believe that notion because of their own doctrine. It is certainly not scriptural since it's fairly clear:

John 14:6 ( ESV)" Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' "
Acts 4:12 (ESV) "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”   
John 3:16 (ESV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Scripture is plain: Jesus is the necessary person for anyone at any time to be saved!  I use the description "person" here because Jesus is God who came down in the flesh.
John 14:6 (ESV) "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
According to John 1 Jesus is God in the flesh, referred to as "God incarnate" and was called both Jesus (Savior) and Emmanuel (God With Us). Elsewhere he calls himself  I AM, the very name of God!

To decide who is God and who is not, let's use fruit as a symbolic representation:

Both the apple and the orange are fruits. Their size is near the same and they both are sweet and of a similar shade of red. No one can argue that both are fruits and appear to both be sweet and desired.

Although both are fruits, one is an apple and the other an orange. They are different, but both are still fruits. Compare this to Allah and Jehovah, for instance. Let the apple represent Jehovah and the orange Allah, Vishnu, Brahman, Buddha, or even an animal or other pagan god, not that they're the same, but they all are gods to a great many people.

On the outside of the apple is what we see in life. It's a peeling called the apple's flesh. That flesh represents Jesus who is God in the flesh while the whole apple represents God. Inside the apple is the core. Because God has spirit, the core of the apple is Jesus who died on the cross and his juices were released, the blood and the water. Jesus is still with us, but now with the apple peeling gone, we must look at the core. The core can be seen only when the skin and meat are eaten, but it was there all the time, just waiting to show itself.  The core of the apple represents Jesus' Holy Ghost. Although the skin is peeled and gone elsewhere, the core is still here to see. We still nibble on the core to nourish us and to remember the flesh which was there and the meat which was eaten!

The flesh is gone to heaven, but the core is still here. Likewise, under the flesh of the apple is the meat. That represents the father because the flesh is around him and the spirit in him, but the apple is all three. To be an apple there must be meat, flesh and core, which bears more fruit with the seed.

On the other hand, the orange represents a god, but not God Jehovah. It too has a skin, but it's rough. Whereas the apple is smooth, the orange is not. However, it too has beauty because it can be seen. This flesh is a perception of what God looks like, but none of these other gods can be seen. Therefore, the orange flesh is a mere perception and is not real. (Of course the orange peel is real, but this is symbolic). If one was to taste of this fruit, it's bitter, but there is pleasure inside.

On the other hand the flesh of the apple is quite good and for our health we should eat of it.

Inside the orange is good tasting fruit. If we eat one section we ate tempted to eat more and eating one piece entices to eat of more. The orange is a fruit, but it's not an apple. Some only believe that because both are fruits that both are Apples!

It's the same way with gods. Because Allah or Veshnu is thought to be God or even claims to be, they are not God; they are mere gods and are false gods because they deceive one to believe that just because they too are fruits, that they're apples as well!

Oranges don't have cores. To be an apple there must be a core. The Holy Ghost must be present. The orange does have a skin, but the orange never claimed that it's skin was special. It was a rough facsimile of the apple. Likewise, other gods, don't have special skin. These gods have never walked the earth. (Buddha is not really a God, but a philosopher. His god was Vishnu). So to be a real apple and not a false apple, a smooth undefiled skin is required and a core as well. In fact pagan gods have not even real meat. It's temptation. They offered sweet orange juice, but it wasn't squeezed from a real Apple!

The not so secret ingredient to the One True God is that he must have a real skin (Jesus), real meat (the Father) and a real core which can bear fruit (the Holy Ghost).

No other god even claims to be who God IS. Sure, they look similar and some even have good attributes, but none are the real Apple. They are just pretenders to Applehood! Only God is the real Apple and his juice is the blood of Jesus who died for our sins. No other fruit is an Apple like that and if they claim to be they are mere oranges or Ugly Fruits. Perhaps they should be called "ugly"!

All gods are not the same. God is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. Your other gods are weak, not ever present and don't know a thing. Paul called your god an "unknown god". Your god is not even real fruit, of he's not God. He's fake fruit!

Worship God in spirit and in truth. These other gods are false and can save no one. Only Jesus saves and his core is at your door knocking. Join him. He's part of the only really good fruit!

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