“I believe in a Divine Creator, but not in Christianity or any of the other religions of the world.”
A friend recently typed this sentiment. It’s heart-breaking.
Evidence of God’s creation is certainly easy to see. All around us. Nature. Our children being born. The goodness we share with each other. The love that overcomes evil. We’re surrounded, and filled, with evidence of (and from) God. Yet many are still blinded of that sight by the hardness of their hearts. “They know nothing. They understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.” (Isaiah 44:18)
It is important to see and understand this fact: One cannot know God and reject Jesus.
John 14 sheds light on this fact. Jesus says, “You believe in God, believe also in me.” The Lord was with his apostles in the upper room, just prior to his crucifixion. He had just told his apostles that he would be going away. Thomas’ response to these words mirrors what many of us may have said today: “’Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’”
Philip still has a question. After these words – after years of signs, miracles, and works – the apostles still are not fully seeing and understanding the Lord’s sentiments. Philip’s question would be asked still today: “’Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’ Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?’” (John 14:1-15)
One cannot know God and not know Jesus. One cannot come to God except through Jesus.