Job 31-33; Galatians 4

Galatians 4:3-7 In the same way we also, when we were not of age, were enslaved to the elemental powers of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

We’ve heard people or even know some personally who readily make the claim “All religions are basically the same.”  Here Paul issues a succinct and ringing refutation.  The refutation is particularly resonant when comparing Christianity with Islam.  It is blasphemy to a Muslim to 1) say God has a Son, 2) that we are the children of God, that we have a parent-child relationship with the Creator, not a master-servant one, and 3) that we creature are heir to anything from God.  All religions are NOT basically the same, and if Uncle Dick is stupid enough to make that statement as you pass the Thanksgiving cranberries around, you should not hesitate to lovingly and gently as you can using facts make Uncle Dick look like the doofus he is, because you love him and want him to get to Heaven, not because you will savor the his humiliation…even though you might, because he is after all Uncle Dick.

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