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Day 25 – The Way That Seems Right

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Pro 14:12)

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Pro 16:25)

I remember taking this photo of the path in the woods. My friend, Linda and I were walking behind Haceta Head Lighthouse in Florene, OR. We were looking for the best path that would give us a good view of the back of the lighthouse with the ocean in the background. The first path, gave us only a partial glimpse of the top of the lighthouse. So we took another path and its reward was a magnificent view! It was exactly what I had hoped for!

I wondered how one would know if they are on the right path when it comes to their own spiritual life. Will I go to heaven when I die or will I go to hell? Not everyone wonders this at one time or another. Some don’t even believe there is a God. They will find out the truth once they die.

I was searching for a specific group of words in my e-Sword Bible software and found that this group appeared twice in Proverbs. This Proverb was so important that the Lord put it in His Word twice. Anything the Lord states more than once in the Bible should be noted and carefully heeded, don’t you think? Why do you think God did that?

I can’t speak for God because His thoughts are not mine (Is. 55:8-9).

Isa 55:8-9  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  (9)  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

But I can get a pretty good idea. I’ve always heard preaching on this verse in conjunction with salvation. Oh how true it is!! When I was a “good” catholic, I just knew I was in the right religion. Why did I know that? Because I was told so.. not because I had studied the Word of God to come to my own conclusion.

Notice how the verses state that this way of salvation seems right unto a man. Not “right unto the religious leaders” but unto the man himself. Every individual, every breathing soul that ever lived will have to make this choice, this decision, for himself. We cannot place the burden of blame on someone else for the choices we make. Why, then, do we think that we can leave the decision of salvation to someone else?

When I look back on the day I got saved, I remember a young woman who thought she was “OK” with God because I belonged to the biggest/richest “church and religion” in the world. After all, how could so many people be wrong?

Praise my wonderful Father in Heaven for pricking my heart through His Holy Spirit and showing me that nothing and no one could remove the burden of guilt from me but Jesus Christ.

No church, no priest, no pope can say that I have eternal salvation because I am catholic as the 1994 catechism clearly states on page 215:

#816 “The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism explains: ‘For it is through Christ’s Catholic Church alone, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained.’” 

Why do I know that? 

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Joh 14:6)

Yes, the catholics will refute this by saying that Jesus IS the way but THROUGH the catholic church. The Word of God says differently, 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Act 4:12) 

There is NO salvation in any other! None! The Word of God is clear. The Word of God is final. Jesus is the Word, according to 

John 1:1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

Therefore, Jesus’ authority is final. 

For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; (Joh 5:26) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. (Joh 5:27)

This way that I thought was the right way was leading me straight to hell. I wasn’t even questioning it. I wasn’t even concerned. My parish priest never once had me thinking about where I would spend eternity. NEVER! I sinned during the week and once a month I went to confession and confessed those sins. But I was never born again of the Spirit.

I thank God daily for sending someone to warn me that I was heading down this path that was leading me to the ways of death! Thank You, Lord!

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (Rom 14:11)

Dear God…
I will never stop thanking You
Precious Saviour, Lord Divine
Your death was love in action
As You gave Your life for mine