Right behind our church stands a huge Hindu Temple. Can you believe it? In Alabama “the Bible belt” of all places! If you’re not aware, Hindus believe in many gods: polytheism. If you’re a monotheist like me, then you think they are nuts, too. But honestly, our American culture has gone so “postmodern” and there is no belief in absolute truth anymore. So here’s what I’m thinking…if postmodern people try to tell us that their belief is true for them and our belief is true for us, then that means both their God is real and our God is real. And if that’s true, then why can’t they just be honest and admit that what they are really saying is either: “all this God stuff ain’t really true” or “there is really more than one God.” In other words, postmodernism (tolerance) really is no better than polytheism (Hinduism). But Scripture teaches monotheism: there is only one God who exists, and He exists in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
All throughout the Scriptures (in both the Old and New Testaments), God teaches us that He is the one and only God. Let’s first take a quick peek at the Old Testament. Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9. God wrote this to His people as they were coming out of a culture of polytheism. The Egyptians believed in many Gods. To teach His children, God began writing Genesis through Deuteronomy while the Israelites were wandering in the desert. Now think about it, there can’t be many Gods because if there were many Gods then the Gods wouldn’t be Gods at all. To be God means to be in authority, sovereign, in control, and King. God is making sure that His people aren’t deceived by the polytheistic lie, and that they understand that they serve and answer to the true God.
Secondly, in the New Testament, God was writing through Paul to a church who may have been struggling with love for one another. In a conversation about the church’s need to love each other as they are all a part of one body, God taught His people that He is the only one, true God (Ephesians 4:1-6). God is saying here that if we affirm that there is only one God, then there are other important “ones” to affirm. Do you defend the one God? Then you must affirm these, too. There is only one body (one true Universal church), one Holy Spirit, one hope (one real eternity), one Lord (one King: Jesus Christ), one faith (only one way to believe), and one baptism (only one way to be baptized).
Are you just a tolerant Christian who won’t stand for the oneness of God’s ways that He is calling us to? Or do you graciously and truthfully point out to others who believe differently from the Bible that because there is only one God, then He would have only one will, and His one will/way of doing things is found in His one true Word: the Bible? We need Christian students to stand up in their schools, stand up to their friends, stand up to those who don’t like them, and proclaim the oneness of God and His way.
Lastly, the Christian life should be lived in the “one lane.” It’s a one-way street. And that one way isn’t a “what” but it is a “Who” – Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Paul told Timothy, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ” (1 Tim 2:5). Since we believe God is one, then we must believe that the one God only has one mediator to bring holy God and sinful man together. Pop-stars Joel Osteen and Mel Gibson will tell you that there are more ways to God than Jesus, but Jesus is just the best way. That’s heresy! That doesn’t even make sense. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only way to the Father. God’s whole goal of all life is that His Son Jesus would be believed, proclaimed, defended, worshipped, and obeyed. Do you believe in the oneness of God? Do you believe in the oneness of His ways? Do you believe in the one mediator, Jesus Christ, who is fully God and man? God is one!