Which Religion Is the Right One?

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Introduction

With so many religions in the world, does it really matter what you believe? A growing number of people believe that all religions in the world are essentially the same and that truth is universal. Many now believe that no matter what religion you practice, as long as you are a decent and moral person, you will be rewarded in the next life.

Is it okay just to be ‘good’ or is there a true way of life? If there is only one right religion, what happens to those who do not believe it? In this issue of Teen Bible Study Guide we will discuss what God says about true religion and His Church.

The True Way

John 14:6 John 14:6Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.
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“Jesus said…’I am the way, the truth, and the life…’”

John 18:37 John 18:37Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.
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“…For this cause I [Jesus Christ] was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.”

John 17:17 John 17:17Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth.
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“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”

1. Where does truth come from? John 12:49 John 12:49For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
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2. What was the truth Christ brought and about which He spoke so much?

3. To whom has God given His truth?

God’s Truth and His Church

Matthew 16:16-18 Matthew 16:16-18 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
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“And Peter answered Him and said, ‘You are Christ, the Son of the living God.” (18) “And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

1. How many churches/denominations did Christ establish? 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 12 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
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2. Is there only one true Church? 1 Corinthians 1:13 1 Corinthians 1:13Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
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; Mark 3:24-26 Mark 3:24-26 24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.
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3. How does the Bible refer to God’s Church? Acts 20-28; 1 Corinthians 10:32 1 Corinthians 10:32Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
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; Galatians 1:13 Galatians 1:13For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
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, 1 Peter 2:9-10 1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
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How Do We Identify God’s True Church?

John 8:31-32 John 8:31-32 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
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“Then Jesus said.. ‘If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.’”

John 10:27 John 10:27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
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“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

1. What are the identifying signs of those people who “follow” Christ’s word?

2. How do we know that we are a part of God’s true church? Romans 8:14-16 Romans 8:14-16 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
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3. How do those in the church act towards one another? John 13:35 John 13:35By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
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Why Doesn’t the World Believe in the Truth Christ Brought?

Matthew 24:4-5 Matthew 24:4-5 4 And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
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“For many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the Christ, and will deceive many’,”

Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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“…Satan, who deceives the whole world…”

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.
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“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, (4) whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is in the image of God, should shine upon them.”

John 1:5 John 1:5And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
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“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not comprehend it.”

1. Is it possible that some of God’s chosen people might be in other religions?

2. What about other “Christian” denominations who are right in certain areas of doctrine?

3. What about those individuals who are very “good” people, who do more good deeds perhaps than many in the church?

4. What will happen to people of other religions during the time of judgment since most are very sincere in thinking they are obeying God? John 12:44-50 John 12:44-50 44 Jesus cried and said, He that believes on me, believes not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that sees me sees him that sent me. 46 I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatever I speak therefore, even as the Father said to me, so I speak.
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, 2 Peter 3:9.

Summary

1. What does God teach about His true Church (for His people today)?

2. What does society teach about true religion and how to pick a church?

3. What are your beliefs concerning the true Church?

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