have noticed far too many times that the problem most people have with Christianity is its Simplicity. Lots of people set their hearts on finding God, they become seekers of the truth.The question why most of them overlook the God of the Bible and turn to mere idols of this world always baffles me. When I was in India, I remember seeing many people from the West coming to our State in search of the true God. Many of them claim they have found God in following some prominent Gurus. These people, mostly Americans and British have actually overlooked Christianity in their country to follow the utter foolishness practiced in my Country. I could not understand why people accept some other cult instead of accepting Christ. Then God revealed it to me, the first and foremost reason as to which why a person may go to a pagan god or a cult is pride.Why do I say that?.. I will tell you why. See, in all the pagan religions of this world, Satan has twisted the truth into an idea of "Do Good and Receive Good". The Hindu religion teaches Karma. The Buddhist religion teaches almost the same thing. What I am trying to say is that people want to say at the end of the day that they "attained" salvation by what they did. They want to feel good about themselves, they want to be proud. They want to achieve salvation like everything else. Once they become proud of attaining salvation, they believe they have seen God. This is Pride.Nothing else. Christianity which is the Truth teaches that it is God's grace which saves us and not our works. The Gospel is all about the Grace of God. If there is a word that the world will never understand it is Grace. By grace we are saved, not by our deeds. Our deeds mean nothing but filthy rags to God. The Bible talks about a man who found it difficult to accept the simple advice from God.
In second Kings 5, we see a man named Naaman.
2 Kings 5:1 says, " Now Naaaman, captain of the army of the King of Aram, was a great man with his master, and highly respected, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man was also a valiant warrior, but he was a leper.
He was not a Hebrew man, but note how God gave him victory. The verse starts out pointing out everything good about Namaan, but comes to a screeching halt and says he was a leper. Being a leper in Aram, he could still hold a decent job as the Geberal of the King.
We go on to see that Namaan becomes desperate about curing himself from this disease. He is then advised by the most unlikeliest of sources... let us read on
"Now the Arameans had gone out in bands and had taken captive a little girl from the land of Israel; and she waited on Naaman's wife. She said to her mistress, "I wish my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria". 2 Kings 5:2-3
The little girl was referring to Elisha, the prophet. Naaman decided to heed the words of this servant girl and went on to see Elisha. Note how much Naaman wanted to be healed, he would have given anything a try just to be healed. Now, let us look at the preparations Namaan made for his journey.
" He departed and took with Him ten talents of silver and six thousand shekels of gold and ten changes of clothes".
Sometimes I wonder at the sheer detail of the Bible. Nevertheless, Namaan took a lot of stuff, he falsely imagined Elisha to be some shamaan who would heal him and ask for money in return. Oh my, was he in for a surprise. Next up, let us look at the meeting between the leper and the healer.
"So Namaan came with his horses and his chariots and stood at the doorway of the house of Elisha. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying. "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean." 2 Kings 5:9-10
I am sure Namaan might have dropped his jaw at what the messenger had to say,but he did not force his way and see Elisha. He was angry, but why??. He expected a big 4 hour long healing ceremony but all he got was an order to go take bath in some river. He wanted to go back and die, that is how frustrated he was. Thanks to his servants he made the right choice.
"Then his servants came near and spoke to him and said, " My father, had the prophet told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it?. How much more then, when he says to you, "Wash, and be clean". 2 Kings 5:13
I love the question asked by the servants.. what happened next is history. But my point is that Namaan came very close to throwing away healing just because it did not seem too complicated for him. This is what is happening in the world today. Everyone thinks they know what Christianity is, because they think it is too simple. This explains why people are turning to Pagan gods, the occult and even Satan worship for salvation.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. - Isaiah 55:8