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A message from beyond —or man?


or thousands of years, the most popular means of communication has been through writing, on stone, scrolls, or via books. It is reasonable to expect that a wise Creator would reveal His purposes in the most popularly available format.

But the world's religions contain hundreds of sacred texts. How can we recognize and authenticate the genuine, supernatural message from the Creator? 

A message from the Creator would be like no other; the most unique document on the Planet

A message from the Creator would be expected to be unique in addressing His rationale for the origin and purpose of all things. More specifically, a genuine message from the Creator would be expected to:

  • Explain the origin and purpose of all things
  • Be a message like no other; exclusive in its supremacy over man's collective wisdom.
  • Address man's complete situation -regardless of race, age, sex, education, politics, economic standing, or culture, etc.
  • Be addressed to the masses, not an elite few and written in plain language.
  • Resonate harmonically with our instinctive beliefs and perceptions about God, as observed through nature.
  • Address our basic needs -morally, spiritually, emotionally, materially and intellectually.
  • Provide hope for the greater good of all mankind; the gratifying and eternal reason for existence.
  • Be logical, accurate, consistent and complete in defining man's situation -his spiritual state and condition in relationship with his Maker.

Being of Divine origin, a message from God would be further distinguished by providing facts and details —that only a divine Creator could possibly know. It would explain who the Creator is; how we got here; and why we're here.

Not a mythological text, its truths would be impeccably factual, containing no errors; accurate and consistent. It would reveal insights into Nature and its laws that predate man's scientific knowledge.

Finally, it would discuss future events (i.e., prophecy), which should occur in absolute consistency with their predictions.

How Can We Authenticate This Supernatural Text - Among So Many Religious Texts?
Many of the world's religions claim exclusive possession of the Creator's sacred message. But do they really?

Considering the Creator's attributes as revealed through nature, let's review some writings of texts considered sacred by the world's largest religions.

Hinduism

The sacred Hindu texts, the Vedas, believe in many gods (over 300 million of them). However, they provide conflicting accounts of creation.

For example, one version (from the Vishnu Purana) teaches:

The creator, Brahman, sometimes assumes the form of a boar. With his tusks, he raised the earth from the bottom of the primeval seas and ordered the universe. 

Another version, from the Chandogya Upanishad states that:

"In the beginning the world was merely non-being. It was existent. It developed. It turned into an egg. It lay for a period of a year. It was split asunder. One of the two eggshell-parts became silver, one gold. That which was of silver is this earth. That which was of gold is the sky. What was the outer membrane is the mountains. What was the inner membrane is cloud and mist. What were the veins are the rivers. What was the fluid within is the ocean." 

Still another version, from the Satapatha-Brahmana states that:

The creator god Prajapati was produced in the form of a golden egg, by the churning of waters. 

The Hindu scriptures contain no prophecy. You must judge for yourself whether these concepts appear to be the work of God - or man.

Buddhism

More a philosophy than a religion, Buddhism recognizes no God, nor offers any insights into the origin of life. Siddhartha Gautama, i.e., the Buddha, was uninterested in the question of origin: he declared it inconceivable.

Further, Buddha rejected the idea of a personal Creator-God. He claimed that the world went through successive periods of expansion and contraction, unaffected by the activities of the gods.

Buddhism offers no answers for mankind.

Religion Doesn't Have to Make Sense for People to Believe it
None of the scriptures of these religions contain any prophecy. Nor do their references to physical nature coincide with known facts of science. If these texts contain such gross inaccuracies (and mythology) regarding the physical world, what confidence does that instill in their teachings regarding the deeper issues?

Summary —Man Incapable of Finding God?
Our fallen moral condition accentuates our need for an articulate, definitive revelation from God. Innate belief in a Creator is not enough. But how? God's divine nature places Him far above and beyond man's reach. Without divine assistance we are incapable of finding God on our own. The Creator must reveal Himself to us.

 

 
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