The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews does not definitely affirm that Christianity is the ultimate religion, but the thought flashes and shimmers between the lines. What he sets himself to prove is that Christianity is better than Judaism, which was better than any other religion of that time. It follows then that Christianity was the best religion yet to appear. I think the author of Hebrews would go further and affirm that Christianity is absolute, and that no religion superior to it can ever arise.
What is the author’s conception of religion? What end is in view, as the central idea and object of religion? Is it not that of union and communion with God, access to and fellowship with divine reality? Is not religion, every religion, meant to be a method of escape and a method of access? Escape from what? Access to what? It is an escape from sin and evil of every sort, and an access to the source of life and all blessings.
The real test of any religion is this: Does it answer the purpose of religion? Does it enable its votaries to arrive? Does it bring the worshiper to a state of rest at the seat and center of reality? Does it lead to the perfect life and establish the perfect fellowship? If so, it is the true religion, the absolute and final, the religion of truth. It can never be superseded, nor have a successor in the purpose of God or the experience of man. For it realizes the idea of religion by accomplishing fully, finally, and forever the object for which religion exists. No one will question the ultimate supremacy and finality of the perfect.
Can it be shown, therefore, that Christianity is this perfect religion? Does it give satisfaction and rest of mind and soul by bringing the seeker into possession ...1
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