God’s Relationship with Man was
broken in the Garden of Eden
In the beginning God created man and woman in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27). After they disobeyed God’s commandment and committed sin they died spiritually; and they were driven out of the Garden of Eden. Their relationship with God was severed. But God had a plan to send a Savior to this world to save mankind from sin, so that the relationship between God and man can be restored.
We must first know this One True God
to restore our Relationship with Him
"Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.” (Job. 22:21)
The Lord Jesus Christ prayed to God the Father, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (Jn. 17:3)
Which Religion can help us restore
the Relationship between God and Man ?
All three major religions in the world - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have relationship with one another because they have a common belief in the existence of only one God, but they differ in their understanding and exegesis of this doctrine.
Judaism bases its Monotheism
on the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד׃
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD (יהוה Yĕhovah) our God, the LORD is one! (Deut. 6:4)
According to Judaism the Hebrew word for “one” – “אחד ' echad ” absolutely means a cardinal singular “one”.
Observant religious Jews recite this prayer twice a day to affirm their faith in the One True God.
Christianity has two Different
Concepts on the Godhead
Trinitarian Theology teaches One God exists eternally in the three distinct Persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Oneness Apostolic Faith Theology teaches the One True God manifests Himself to mankind as the Father (Creator), Son (Savior) and the Holy Spirit (Comforter).
Islam does not have a Savior therefore
it cannot reconcile its believers to God
Islam teaches that God had already forgiven the sins of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, therefore man does not have the original sin. Muslims claim they do not need a Savior.
Christianity teaches, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—” (Rom. 5:12)
Three Major Religions hold Different
Views on the Lord Jesus Christ
Judaism’s view of Jesus as just an ordinary historical person; not as their prophet or God’s promised Messiah, and definitely not God or the divine Son of God.
Christianity is solely based on Jesus as God’s promised Messiah who is God manifested in the flesh to become the one and only Savior of mankind.
Although Islam teaches that Jesus is the Messiah and one of their prophets who is born of a virgin, it also teaches that Jesus is not the Son of God, not the Savior and He did not die on the cross, but God took Him to Heaven
The Lord Jesus Christ is the One and
Only Savior of Mankind in the World
It cannot be denied that mankind has the original sin which is the cause of death. Even babies would die.
Mankind definitely needs a Savior to save us from sin.
The Savior has to be the Son of God, born of a virgin, have no human father, absolutely sinless, shed pure blood to remit sin, physically die, be buried and resurrect from the dead. Jesus is the only Person in the world qualified to be the Savior.
Only those who believe Jesus is the
Only Savior can be reconciled to God
“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Rom. 5:10)
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (Jn. 1:12)
Two Kinds of Relationships
The first kind is the normal physical relationship that involves family members, friends and neighbors.
The second kind is the spiritual relationship that includes Christians, especially church members.
The Lord Jesus Christ regarded the second kind of relationship more important than the first kind. (Lk. 8:20-21)
Christians can have two kinds
of Relationships in their lives
It is God’s desire to have entire families saved. “And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.” (Acts 16:30-33)
Marriage forms an Intimate Relationship
between a Man and a Woman
And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning "made them male and female,' and said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.“ (Mt. 19:4-6)
Christian Way of Preserving
a Good Marriage Relationship
“Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Heb. 13:4)
The Christian marriage is enjoined by God therefore husbands and wives must remain faithful to one another.
“Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Eph. 5:33)
Good Family Relationship
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (Eph. 6:1-4)
Good Relationship amongst
Church Brothers and Sisters
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psm. 133:1)
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Cor. 13:11
This Article is based on the Sermon preached by Paul Wong
to a Congregation in Houston, Texas on May 5, 2012.
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