Mold-your-own religion is rampant today. Can a man create his own god in his opinions and have that god, that creature, that idol of the mind, get him any where?
A blind spot is assuming one can reach the Bible heaven without the Bible Savior, Jesus of Nazareth. Many have dumped the God of the Bible yet cling to view that they are in His good graces – obeying Him.
But where does right doctrine stop and false teaching begin? Here are some reasons why mold-your-own-religion does not please a holy God.
1. Creator God is the landlord. The landlord gets to make the rules. “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it.” (Isaiah 45.12 NAS) (Isaiah 44 & 45!).
2. God’s absolute truth does not change. It is stable, timeless, perfect, eternal. Salvation is grounded in eternal truth. “For I, the Lord, do not change.” (Mal 3.6 NAS). . . . “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” (Jm 1.17 NAS).
3. Man is like a temporary flower. What he has to offer cannot compare with God’s Word. “Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40.7c-8 NAS).
4. Holy God hates false gods and idols. “You shall have no other gods before Me.”(Exod 20.3 NAS). . . “Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.” (Isa 45.22 NAS).
5. The New Testament offers no Plan B to reach heaven. If one rejects Jesus Christ he has no hope of a Bible heaven. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which you must be saved.” (Act 4.12 NAS) (Jn 3.16; 14.6; 1 Jn 5.11-13).
6. If man could reach heaven apart from Jesus dying on the cross to pay the penalty for his sins, Jesus died in vain. Why would a wise God have allowed that to happen? “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” (Gal 2.21 NAS)(Rom 4.4-5; Tit 3.5; Gal 2.16).