God gave His Son to die for the sins of mankind (John 3:16), and He gave man the Bible to know how man is to serve Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Examples showing how individuals obeyed God to become His children are found in that word. They believed in Jesus as God’s Son, repented of their sins, confessed Christ before men and were baptized for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38, 8:29-39). God added them to His family (Acts 2:47).
Man was created in the image of God and given the ability to make choices. Sometimes, men disagree on things. God gives man this license when it comes to Earthly things. However, when it comes to things of a spiritual nature, God has made it clear how He desires things to be done. Yet even in spiritual things, God lets man choose whether he is going to follow God’s word or human reasoning.
The thing that must be remembered is that God’s way is perfect. The psalmist wrote, “As for God, his way is perfect. The word of the Lord is tried; he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” (Psalm 18:30). A buckler was a small, rounded shield carried in the hand or worn on the arm. So God is a shield to all who wholly place their trust in Him.
The promises God has made always come true. One of the greatest promises God ever made was to His servant Abraham, when He promised that in him all “nations of the world would be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). That promise was fulfilled in Christ. Jesus told man that He is the only way to God (John 14:6).
Down through time, men have tried to come up with other ways of pleasing God. Some turned to making idols. Others worshipped the creation of God rather than God Himself. And still others changed what God commanded to suit their own way of thinking (Romans 1:22-25; Matthew 15:9). Through the prophet Isaiah, God spoke concerning man’s ways and thoughts compared to His: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ saith the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
God’s way will lead to heaven, while man’s way will lead to destruction. “Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
All need to follow the perfect way — God’s way.