Have those of you with children been asked by them about other religions? Have you explained not only what the followers of other religions believe but why Christianity is true? I’m not a parenting expert but I know from my own experience that I was woefully unprepared to deal with the teachings of Sikhism when a follower of that false religion from India spoke at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind in May of 1968. This excerpt from Deliverance From Jericho (Six Years in a Blind School) demonstrates how defenceless I was against blasphemous teaching. Though I didn’t convert to Sikhism, his words shook my faith in God.
When the cyclist explained that he was a Sikh, I felt momentarily puzzled. I knew what the game hide-and-seek was but it seemed totally unrelated to a person’s background. “I believe in the Sikh religion,” he clarified. “We believe in not being attached to worldly things. We must do our duty to our families and community. We believe in meditating upon God and giving alms but we don’t believe in the Christian God.”
“Don’t you want to go to heaven?” I asked. “I thought everybody believed in God except for very bad people.”
“There are many religions in this world. Christianity is only one path to holiness,” he explained. “The man of God rejects salvation. He wants only the love of God and nothing else. Because there is no Satan or hell, the disciple need not be saved from anything. The joys of heaven are nothing compared to merging in the Divine Spirit.
Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Though I had heard about God, Christ, and going to heaven, nobody explained about the fact that Christianity is the only belief system that leads to eternal life. Sikhism may use the same words that Christianity does but they mean totally different things to its practitioners. In John 14:6, Christ said to Thomas, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” This alone should be enough to convince people that there is only one way to heaven. All that the Sikh gentleman said to us is manifestly incorrect in the light of Scripture.
I wrote in Deliverance From Jericho (Six Years in a Blind School) about my conversion at a Vacation Bible School a year after that visit. Check out http://www.inscribe.org/BruceAtchison where this memoir and When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies) are featured.