Does hypocritical Christian behavior nullify the Scriptures? Do ALL religious paths eventually lead to the worship of the true God? Can the truth of scripture be proven logically? What is YOUR role in God's great salvation plan for all mankind?
Hypocrites and the Bible
Do people who PROFESS to be Christians yet by their attitudes and actions are hypocrites mean that the word of God cannot be trusted? Do the sins of professing Christians nullify any impact God can have in YOUR life? Are his commands rendered to be of no consequence by the failure of some, or many, to believe and uphold them?
The prophet Ezekiel wrote something that has a direct bearing on the question at hand.
19 You may wonder why a son is not punished for the sins of his father. It is because the son does what is right and obeys my laws. 20 Only those who sin will be put to death. Children won’t suffer for the sins of their parents, and parents won’t suffer for the sins of their children. Good people will be rewarded for what they do, and evil people will be punished for what they do. (Ezekiel 18).
Christian sins do not nullify or cancel the need for others to obey God. The lack of perfect behavior on the part of those who support an absolute moral code is not only not unusual, the Bible itself plainly states that those who adhere to its words will sometimes sin.
8. If we say that we do not have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us. (1John 1)
The argument that the inability of some to live perfectly by a belief system renders the beliefs themselves worthless and unworthy of being followed does not make sense. It is ultimately unfair to reject God and his truth just because some are viewed as fallibly living by them. How many atheists, for example, have rejected their beliefs because of the sins of Mao or Joseph Stalin - who together murdered one hundred million people? Using the sins of believers in God as a reason to reject him and his scriptures is illogical. Those who sin do not cancel out the efficacy of his words for an individual. The truth or falseness of God's existence and his words exists independently of the perceived inability of some to fully believe in him or perfectly follow his way of life.
Do all roads lead to God?
Do all religions and spirituals paths ultimately lead to the worship of the TRUE God? Will God grant salvation to anyone, regardless of what they believe, simply because they do so from a heart that is sincere? Make no mistake, the Bible makes it quite clear that one way and one way only leads to the Almighty!
5 Thomas said, 'Lord, we don’t even know where you are going! How can we know the way?' 6 'I am the way, the truth, and the life!' Jesus answered. 'Without me, no one can go to the Father. 7 If you had known me, you would have known the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him.' (John 14)
In the book of Acts we also find what is the ONLY way any human can be saved.
8 Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, answered them, 'Leaders of the people and elders: 9 if we are being questioned today about the good deed done to the lame man and how he was healed, 10 then you should all know, and all the people of Israel should know, that this man stands here before you completely well through the power of the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth . . . 12 Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us.' (Acts 4)
Many in the world today condemn as intolerant anyone who states there exists only one God or that there is only one true way of worshipping him. As stated previously, God's word emphatically says there is only one way, one path, one religion that will take a person to the one true God. To say that religions such as Islam or Buddhism, for example, are just as valid avenues for reaching God as Christianity is to deny what the Bible teaches.
In God's eyes, it is not enough to be sincere, since such a feeling can be generated about any belief system. It certainly is true that sincere people can be WRONG - sincerely. The truth or falseness of something cannot be determine strictly by emotion or feelings. Can we then KNOW if the scriptures are correct when they assert they contain the ONLY path to reaching the true Creator of all things?
Can scriptures be proven logically?
God's word has all the answers mankind needs. The problem is determining whether these answers are the correct ones!
Let us suppose you grew up knowing viritually nothing about God's word like some tribe living in the deepest part of the Amazonian jungle. One day, a missionary comes where you live and drops off a Bible in the same language you speak and can read. How could you judge whether what it contains is TRUE or not? Let us also suppose that soon afterward another missionary, this time representing a different religion, drops off a Koran for you. How could you judge whether it was reliable? For us to be rational in our beliefs, we must apply reason to them and not simply tradition or emotions.
Fulfilled Biblical prophecy is the ultimate litmus test on the validity of the inspiration of God's word. Such fulfillments show that the authors were divinely inspired and not merely lucky at guessing.