I watched The Son of God movie a while ago. Though it is only a depiction of the life of the King of Kings, and cannot fully convey what happened to Him and around Him, yet there is one part of the movie that resonated with me. As the man who portrayed Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, the screen switched to show Jewish leaders praying in the temple and then the screen switched to show Roman leaders praying in their home. The progression of those scenes pointed out a distinct truth; Jesus Christ, the Jewish leaders, and the Roman leaders were not worshiping the same God.
Jesus was in anguish of soul and body, because He knew the terrible price He was about to pay. He cried out to His Abba to take the cup of suffering from Him, but He closed with saying, Not my will, but Thine be done. (Luke 22:42) At the same time, in a beautiful temple, standing before a holy alter, the Jewish leaders prayed and truly believed they were doing God a favor in seeking to crucify Jesus, even though Jesus was the only begotten Son of the God they claimed to serve. Clearly, they did not obey God, nor did they know Him: If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin, but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hates Me hates My Father also. (John 15:22-23) Jesus often pointed out the Jewish leaders’ hypocrisy and how their worship was not acceptable in God’s sight. He also said that His followers would suffer a similar fate to His own at the hands of such people: But all these things will they do unto you for My name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent Me. (John 15:21)
The Roman leaders, too, worshiped false gods of their own making. As an offering to their gods, they did not bring the blood of animals or a humble heart, but they inflicted pain and conquered peoples. Today, we see the same terrible fruit produced by those who worship false gods of their own making. But Jesus is the example of what a worshiper of the One True God should look like.
He gave up His life to save lost sheep. He submitted to the will of His Heavenly Father, even though He knew that meant He would suffer pain, loss, and death. This is the difference between those who believe in Jesus, and those who do not. Those who worship the One True God may fear pain and rejection, like any red-blooded human, but they submit to their Heavenly Father, Who calms their fears and gives them the courage and the will to run the race with endurance. They believe in a God Who sees their affliction and abides with them. They know that Jesus’ resurrection sealed His promise to prepare a place in Heaven for them and they have His Holy Spirit within them; filling them with the courage, wisdom, and will to endure.
A true believer in Jesus Christ would be willing to lay down their life for the Gospel; they would never desire to kill on behalf of God, unless it is that they kill their own sinful desires.
I have heard claims that the gods of other religions are the same as Jehovah, Yeshua, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, Jesus Christ the Righteous; but when a branch is grafted into a certain vine, it will bear fruit according to the nature of that vine. Those grafted into the One True Vine will produce the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) If you are not producing these fruits, then perhaps it is time to examine yourself and test whether or not you are of the faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) For some reason, the most popular religions are ones that have visibly rotten, detestable, and terrifying fruit. Judging by the state of the fruit, I would have to say that members of such religions worship the prince of darkness, Satan. And I have seen and known nice people who do not love and follow Jesus. They may consider themselves to be good and okay with God, but only One is good, and that is God Himself. Every human being who attempts to do good will fail, because their righteousness is as filthy rags before the King of Kings. (Isaiah 64:6)
If we were left in that state of being, I would say that there is no hope or purpose to life, but we come back to the garden, to Jesus kneeling and praying to His Father. He was not in a glorious temple or a regal home, He lived simply in the world that He breathed to life. And He walked among His creation once more, to teach them how to walk and to give them courage to walk as He walked. You see, holiness does not come from works, but from repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; He is the Great Physician Who heals the sick and dying. But their ailment was not one of the flesh, but of the spirit. Without Jesus, we have no hope in the fight against sin, but with Him, the greatest divide has been erased. Those who worship the One True God have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 1:2) He intercedes on their behalf. (Romans 8:34)
Do you worship the One True God? If you do not worship Jesus Christ, then I urge you, be reconciled to God, for He made Jesus to be sin for you, though He knew no sin, so that you might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (1 Corinthians 5:20b-21)