Nine Religions

 •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 5
A man said he had tried nine religions, and had even been baptized in three different faiths, but none had helped him.
I took a folder of safety matches out of my pocket, put a match in his hand, and told him to light it. "Lend me the folder," he said.
"Oh, no; do it without the folder," I replied. "Strike it on a brick or stone or anywhere else you like."
He tried to light it, but failed. I gave him more matches to try to light on anything but the proper composition on the folder. Again he failed.
Then I said, “Just like that match and its folder, God has ordained and made known His one way of salvation. By a fixed and unchangeable law, our precious souls can never be converted by coming into contact merely with religions, whether nine or ninety. Nothing can set the soul on fire with lasting life and light and love unless it comes in contact with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is useless to touch anything else for salvation but the Son of God. Of course those nine religions were no good for you. Here, take this folder and strike the match on it."
He did so, and instantly the match was ablaze.
"Even so," I said, "the Son of God alone can quicken us into life, forgive us our sins and cleanse us from our iniquities."
Are you trying "religion" or church membership to give life to your soul? They can't do it. Let the Son of God set your soul ablaze with the light of eternal life!
"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:66Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6).