Three cups spin in front of you, but only one truly has the penny that you gave to the magician. Which one is it?
In the beginning you were sure you knew, but now you are not so sure. You pick the one in the middle, perhaps by random guess, because it felt or ride, or from the influence of friends and family.
The magician lifts the little red cup and shows that-
You were wrong.
So you lost a little face, but no big deal, right? It was just a game. There is something very similar though that is a much bigger deal and much more important.
In the spinning world’s hands are many religions, all claiming to hold the penny called truth. In the beginning, we all knew what was true. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Long ago, God created the world directly, a perfect world that had only one cup with one religion. It wasn’t hard to know what we should believe.
The arguments started after sin entered the world. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) After the entrance of sin a debate began. All of us are sinners. Me, you, our friends, our enemies. The most virtuous man was a terrible sinner when compared to God. Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Martin Luther, Mahatma Ghandi, Mother Teresa, and the pope all qualify as filthy, unrighteous sinners. Naturally humans seek for a relief from the guilt we commit when we sin; therefore he always looks to a religion to ease his guilt and pain. Even if a person is an atheist or agnostic, that person will still look to himself, nature, evolution, or mankind as a whole to find a philosophy that will ease the guilt of doing wrong.
What do we have? We have many religions, all following two faulty principles. One, is that we must worship something other than the Creator God of the Bible. Two, is that works are the either fully or partially the way to appease this god or to relieve guilt
As the above verse shows, we ere greatly when we worship nature, fellow humans, or ourselves. No matter what the intent or method, it is wrong. It is idolatry. Exodus 10: 1-3 “And God spake all these words, saying, I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
God created us, yet we turned our backs on him so that we could do as we pleased, which was almost always wrong. Isaiah 53: 6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” We have gone our own way, not the way of God.
The other belief is shown to be a problem as the Bible says that Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Faith is trust; God wants us to trust the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ fully. God says even partial trust in yourself for salvation will result in death in hell. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
The question this track asks is, “Which one holds the truth?” The Bible says in John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” No man. All religions except one must be empty of the penny called truth. The only one with it is true Christianity.
This true Christianity entails a personal faith in Jesus Christ. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house.” If you will personally believe in the truth right now, Jesus Christ will forgive all of the bad things you have ever done against God and save you from God’s righteous punishment, eternal separation and hell. Luke 16:23 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” This is a very serious choice. One day God will judge everything you have ever done. If you don’t trust that Jesus Christ is God and that he died for your sins, and rose from the dead, you will go to hell. It is a very serious choice. Hebrews 8:7 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Once you do accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, though, you will be forgiven of all of your sins, your guilt will be eased, and God will take you with Him to heaven when you die. You must make a conscious personal decision, though.
Pick the right cup, the one with the truth. Your eternal salvation depends on it.