According to a recent newspaper article, pop musician & former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian has changed his view on God.
I can’t imagine how hard it would be to be a Christian and be a famous Musician at the same time. It’s hard enough being a Christian when you are not “famous”.
Guy says some interesting stuff in the article. He says that he still believes in God, but that his “views (on God and religion) are more based on life and discovery and research than just what I'm told".
Without naming names, Sebastian no longer believes that “there was one way and only one way”, presumably referring to Jesus and his claim to be the one and only way to God. Instead, Guy says “I don't think anyone has the right to say what they believe is more important or more significant."
So what can we make of all this?
1. First, it seems that Guy has decided to base his new “faith” on what he has discovered in life, rather than what he reads in the Bible. Most people today are skeptical about anyone or anything that claims to have authority over us. But if the Bible is God’s Divine Word and revelation, then it must have authority over us.
2. Second, Jesus’ claim to be the one and only way to God does sound extreme in our day and age (such as in John 14:6-7 when “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”). However, to claim that all religions are the same and all paths lead to God just doesn’t make any sense at all, because they all say different things.
The fact that Jesus backed up his claims by dying and rising again (a fact we can examine historically) helps me to believe his claim, even if it seems extreme. Jesus’ death and resurrection also give Him the “right” to say that we must believe in him and that He is more important and significant than anyone else.
It can be hard to hang on to what the Bible says when so many other voices shout the opposite. The Bible says that people will scoff and mock us for believing in Jesus (Jude 1:18-19; 2 Peter 3:3).
We need to keep coming back to Jesus, remembering who He is and what He has done. We need to make sure that the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things don’t come in and choke God’s Word out of lives (Mark 4:19). And we need to heed the words of Jesus when he says,
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)