Aren't There Many Ways to God?
In this day and age, tolerance is seen as a great virtue. And we need to avoid a spirit that persecutes someone for their differing beliefs, or denies them their religious freedom.
But this spirit of tolerance is very different than believing that all points of view are equally valid. Ultimately, the question is whether or not we believe in truth. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me!" (John 14:6, The Living Bible).
Not a way, a truth, or a life, but the way, the truth, and the life. And this idea marks the Christian faith. In the book of Acts, we read the apostle Peter proclaiming that: "It is by the name of Jesus Christ. ... Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:10, 12, NIV)
Someone once said that "it's not shocking that there are not 10 ways to heaven, but it is shocking that God made a way for lost sinners to be reconciled with Him and enter heaven." God threw us a life preserver, after we "fell overboard" through our rebellion and sin. Are we now going to argue with Him that we don't like the life preserver he threw?
While there may be an initial shock to this outrageous claim, it should not be dismissed simply because there are so many other religions and religious ideas. While there are many from which to choose, they differ radically from each other, and choosing where to place your spiritual trust is neither narrow-minded nor intolerant.
Truth exists, and it matters. If all roads do not lead to God, then our spiritual search will lead us to the scandalous reality of one way.
Christians believe that way is through a person - Jesus Christ. Based on God's clear revelation to us through his son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Used by permission of James Emery White, and adapted from his book A Search for the Spiritual (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998). To purchase a copy of this book, Click Here
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