We are to lean not on our own understanding.
Yeah, I cringed when I read that part as well bro. . .For me . . it's pretty much identical to what Willie wrote . . . another aspect would be that in all the other religions out there . . ."you" choose which one to follow . . .with Christ . . .it's not you choosing first, it's him choosing you first. Big difference. Everything after that is just a reaction to his choosing me.
Can Buddha choose anyone? Paul spoke much about this as well . .these idols . . .they were created from the intelligence and logic of men . .but they can't do anything. But God is not an idol made by human minds and imaginations, he is living and he's chosen us before we were even consciously aware of his existence. Even if we don't "choose" to pursue him, we're still chosen by him to be his children.
There is really only one Lord, one God . . .
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
1 Corinthians 8:6
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
The thing about the Word . . .whether it existed or whether it doesn't, the message in it is the same message that's written in us. All the Word does, is agree with, affirm with the Word written in each one of us.
What's written is not what's living, it is a sign that points to what's living. God's word is a living word, not in a book or translation, but an experience within us. We are all epistles written by God, we are the book of life, read by others through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. How else can the river flow from our bellies if we don't allow ourselves to be openned and read by others?