Scripture Reference 1 Corinthians 2
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
1 Kings 18: 22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”
Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”
Life Lesson: All religions are not equal, neither can we say all religious beliefs lead to God. There is one pathway to Heaven by which a fallen human race must travel, that pathway is the Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus in speaking of the varying pathways said this, Matt 7: 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. John 14: 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 3: 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 1 Tim. 2: 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
There is no ambiguity or ambivalence in the Word of God pertaining to our salvation. Elijah knew the Author of life and wanted his people to also know Him. Therefore, Elijah issued a challenge that would surely determine which god is God! Even within the challenge there laid what worshippers of baal would consider an advantage because baal was believed to be the god who gave rain to the earth as well as thunder and lightning. Unfortunately, baal had failed miserably in his duties for 3 ½ years as the drought brought about by the God of Elijah made the land infertile and dry as dust. Christian, you are never at a disadvantage when you put your faith in God! The gods of this world are of no power, no authority and no efficacy to save! Faith in God, even the faith of a child will demonstrate the power of God to an unbelieving world!