One Way?

Recently, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a report showing that a significant percentage of American Christians reject the biblical claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation.  From their findings, 52% of American Christians believe that “at least some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life.”

Even more disturbing, 37% of those  identified themselves as evangelical Christians agreed, rejecting the claim that Jesus is the only Savior and indicating that at least some non-Christian religion or religions may also lead to heaven.

This is a sad indictment of how western Christianity has embraced multi-culturalism with it’s “tolerance trumps all” philosophy. It is considered impolite to express the exclusive claims of Christ – especially such statements from the Lord such as, “I am the way, the truth and the life – no one comes to the Father but by me.” – John 14:6. That is the central tenet of the Christian faith – that Jesus came into the world to save us from our sins by his atoning death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave. That is NOT a minor point to be negotiated or discarded.

The Pew forum findings are a wake-up call to the church. If our message is not focused on Jesus, then we have certainly lost our way. As the apostle Paul said:

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:6-10

Harsh words? Perhaps. Exclusive? You bet! Truth? Absolutely.

That’s the nature of truth – it offers an exclusive claim. I can no more say that all roads lead to heaven then I could all roads lead to Philadelphia. The notion is absurd. Why would Jesus voluntarily go through the humiliation, the torture, and the agonizing death on the cross if there were another way to the Father? The answer – He would not. Only the sinless Son of God had the divine mandate and moral authority to pay for the sins of all humanity. No other religion or philosophy makes that claim.

The gospel message will always be offensive to some. The very notion that Jesus is the only way to heaven seems politically incorrect and repugnant to many. Sadly, that seems to be the case for some who claim to be His followers.

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One Comment on “One Way?”

  1. John Says:

    Good blog. thanks for the invite,


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