Christianity: The Only True Religion

Herman Bavinck’s little booklet called The Sacrifice of Praise is a great series of meditations on what it means to confess faith in Christ.  The title is taken from Hebrews 13:15: “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name” (NASB).

I’ve posted a nice paragraph from this book where Bavinck explains that the Christian faith is the only true religion.  It may sound harsh in our current politically correct culture, but Bavinck is right.  Truth cannot tolerate untruth.  If salvation is only found in Jesus’ name, as Scripture clearly says, then the Christian religion is the only true religion.  Only Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life!

“Christianity is therefore the absolute religion, the only, essential, true religion. It tolerates no other religions as of almost equal worth and worthiness alongside itself. It is, according to its nature, intolerant, even as the truth at all times is and must be intolerant with respect to the untruth. It will not be satisfied with being the first of the religions, but it claims to be the only, true, full religion, which has absorbed and fulfilled all that is true and good in other religions.  Christ is not a man alongside of others, but He is the Son of Man, who be the resurrection was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, and received from the Father a name above every name, so that in that name every knee should bow and every tongue confess, that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Herman Bavinck, The Sacrifice of Praise, p. 67.

Shane Lems
Hammond, WI

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