Are all Faiths “Equal”?

By Patrick Miron

 

The short answer in truth is “NO.”  …. WHY?

Ps.145 Verses 17 to 18

The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings. The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in TRUTH.”

Dictionary Definition of “Truth”

  1. The trueor actual state of a matter:

conformity with fact or reality; verity: the truth of a statement                   2.  a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like                   mathematical truths.

  1. the state or character of being true.
  2. actuality or actual existence.

.                                   5. an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude.

  1. honesty; integrity; truthfulness.
  2. (often initial capital letter) ideal or fundamental reality apart from and

transcending perceived experience:

  1. agreement with a standard or original.

9.. accuracy, as of position or adjustment.

  1. Archaic. Fidelity or constancy.

TEN REALITES of a single truth

I have had more than one person share in a faith-discussion that that “there can be you’re truth and my truth;” which I first scoffed at, but upon more reflection came to admit for some folks that almost literally has to be the case. Otherwise they would have to make major changes in their life and beliefs.

Pope Benedict XVI, in his inaugural address spoke to the issue of truth with extreme clarity: “There cannot be your truth and my truth or there would be no truth.” …. Such a lucid, such a logical, such a moral reality ought to be sufficient to end the discussion on “what is the truth?” But such is not always the case when discussing “One True Faith.”

[Saint] Pope John Paul II, shared “That even stupidity is a gift from God. But it must not be over used.”

I’m not making fun of our Christian Brethren; but pointing out the often futile effort at trying to carry on a logical dialog with them in a One True Faith based discussion.  Which is why one hears and sees the mantra of “all faiths are equal” [one assumes this means to include in God’s ‘eye’s’ specifically.]

And yet morally, logically, and theologically, “truth” can be nothing other than singular per defined issue. No other possibility exist. All this confirms that “faith-conversions” are, and can only be God’s private domain. Sure He may choose to use me and you at times for an assist; but in the end, it is always God the Holy Spirit, that at long-last grants right understanding. It is this reality; that right understanding is withheld by God as a penalty for choosing to accept competing sets of faith beliefs; which many are not even aware that they are doing so. They seem unable to connect “different” faith beliefs being competing faith beliefs, seeing them as only “dissimilar,” yet some =how of equal merit. Assuming that they are right, and everyone else is wrong. This last statement sounds like Catholicism vocalized; but is that really an accurate assumption?

[1] Isaiah 55:8 -9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.

[2] Eph.11: “13-14  “In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the [singular] gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, [CONDITIONAL ON ACTUALLY KNOWING , BELIEVING AND  THEN ACCEPTING HIS TRUTHS] which is  the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”

[3] 1Kgs.4: [29] And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and largeness of mind like the sand on the seashore

[4] Luke.24: [45] Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures

[5] Acts.4:[13] Now when they saw the fidelity of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, ignorant men, they wondered; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

[6] 1John.5: [20] And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, to know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

[7] Eph.4: [18] they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart

[8] 2nd Peter 1:19-21 “And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, [21] because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Rightly understood, the above eight passages explain the ever-increasing numbers of Protestant Faith and churches; understanding that NO-CHURCH can be separated from its chosen set of faith beliefs. Indeed, it is precisely their set of beliefs that give the church its identity, and separates it to varying degrees from ALL other churches.

  1. This then is the evidence that NOT ALL churches [FAITHS]are equal

 

  1. Truth can only be singular per defined issue; so if the RCC is not Christ One True church; then which of the multitude of Protestant churches is; and on what evidence?

 

  1. The multiplicity of competing Protestant churches; both with each other as well as the RCC alone is sufficient evidence; or ought to be, to make apparent that this cannot be God’s desire; God’s Divine Will.

 

  1. There is disagreement on critically important theological and philosophical issues,

 Mt .16:18-19

Jn. 17:17-20

Mt. 28:18-20

John 6: 47-58

John 20: 19-23

Eph. 4: 1-7 as examples

 with salvation quite possibly hanging in the balance, that can only exist because of man’s pride and in an absolute sense, a literal blocking of right understanding of the bible by the Holy Spirit as a penalty Eph. 4:18, for choosing to believe mortal men NOT chosen by God, and denial of the men and the Church [singular] desired, instituted, guided and guarded by God Personally, as evidenced in the above passages. Please pay close attention to the Divinely inspired [2 Tim. 3:16-17], singular tense words the authors choose to use to further right understanding.

 

  1. Logic alone ought to be sufficient to comprehend that God has always had just one Chosen people [now Church Mt. 16:18], and that even God can have no more than one set of Faith beliefs. And with no evidence that the RCC somewhere, sometime lost its Godly promised protection: Add to this the historical evidence that the RCC has existed from the times of Christ Visitation, with not a shred of evidence that God’s commitment to be with His Church for ALL times [Mt 28:20] & that Satan would never PREVAIL over Her [Mt 16:18], and that TRUTH, has to be; can only be; singular per defined issue, and it is clear that NOT “all faiths” are “equal.

 

  1. One True God

One true Faith

One True Church as desired, and as instituted & protected by God: …. todays Roman Catholic Church

Matt.16:18 And I tell YOU, you are Peter, and on this rock [YOU PETER] I will build MY CHURCH [singular], and the powers of hell shall not prevail against it”

 

          Eph. 2: 18-22 “18] for through him we have access in one Spirit to the      Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow      citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [singular] built         upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself           being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows             into a holy temple [singular] in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it      [singular] for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. “

God Bless you & may He grant you the necessary Wisdom to rightly understand His Divine Will

Patrick

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