Hardly can we find a person today who does not want peace. Yes, there are always those who are for war. There have always been such people from the beginning of human history. But, as bloody wars and violence have alarmingly proliferated and escalated just in the last decade, many people feel they have had it, and their cries for “Peace, peace!” haven’t been louder, especially at this time of year! Yet, amidst all this clamor for the much pursued “peace on earth, goodwill towards men” — peace between and among nations — that global peace has remained elusive. Why?
One of the various charges God gave to the Old Testament priesthood of Israel (descendants of Aaron) was this: “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting [with the LORD] , lest you die. It shall be a statute throughout your generations” (Leviticus 10:9).
Why did God give this charge to the priests? He told them: so “…that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean, and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD has spoken to them by the hand of Moses” (Verses 10-11).
It seems evident that there is, in almost every person, a sense of “Something” or “Someone” that’s beyond what our five natural senses can comprehend. [See: A Law-abiding Universe — But Man!] And this sense of “mystery” has driven mankind to worship that “great unknown” — whether some impersonal “Force” or some “Person” somewhere out there in the unseen world or universe. That worship has taken many forms, has engendered many often conflicting ideas or concepts, many different rituals and rubrics. Thus we have today’s major “world religions” — Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism — not to mention the smaller but often aggressive religions.
In the midst of all this bewildering religious smorgasbord, one is left with the question: which of these religions is true? And which one offers and practices true worship?