If there was ever a topic that causes agitation and hostility in this world, it is the proclamation that Jesus Christ is the preeminent path to God. The opposition would declare that belief in a God who is restrictive to one and only one Savior is narrow-minded and bigoted. Because biblical Christianity is at stake, it is necessary for the Christian to respond.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6 (ESV). Jesus makes the astonishing claim of the radical connection with God Himself. Unfortunately, the Christian faith is unfairly targeted for exclusivism although many other religions do exactly the same thing, e.g., Buddhism and Islam.
Who is this God of the Bible? He is the God who created the heavens and the earth. For His final masterpiece, He created man in His own likeness. Despite man’s rebellion, God didn’t turn His back on them. He sent His only begotten Son and transferred sins to Him. He allowed Him to die for us. He forgives us and eternal life is ours. No more pain. No more tears. The only requirement is to honor the One who died in our place.
While Christians are not superior to believers of other faiths, world teachers of other faiths cannot be mentioned in the same breath as Jesus. Who else provided atonement for our sins? Confucius, Buddha, Moses, or Muhammad didn’t—they’re dead, and they stayed dead. Furthermore, only Christ is sinless. Only Christ is alive and has the plan of redemption for all eternity. Jesus is absolutely unique among all human beings who ever lived. If all this is true, can you stand before God and tell Him that Jesus is not enough?
Nevertheless, the naysayers will point to other religions as fundamentally equivalent to Christianity and only superficially different. However, it’s the other way around. They are fundamentally different from Christianity, but at best superficially similar. Most religions are concerned with what man does to bring salvation upon himself: how many laws must be obeyed; how much money must one give; how many prayers are required; or what must be done to gain reward. The Christian concept concerns what God did to bring us salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Way. Jesus does not say “this is the way to heaven” as so many religious leaders have done, but rather I am the Way. Christ’s way was unique—He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption Hebrews 9:12 (ESV). Therefore, the requirement to attain heaven is not based on philosophy but on the person Jesus Christ. Jesus makes clear that He is not simply the pioneer, but the way itself.
The Truth. Jesus adds that He is the truth. Jesus is not saying that He discovered the truth, but rather He is the embodiment of the truth. Scripture maintains the opposition endorses the antichrist, “and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist” 1 John 4:3 (ESV). To cavalierly say “who cares about truth?” is playing with matches. If the Bible is true, then everyone’s eternal destiny in heaven and hell can be read from its pages.
The Life. In contrast with other religious teachers that tell us how to live, Jesus gives us the power to live the life that leads to heaven. He does not only give life. He is the source of all life. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus Romans 6:11 (ESV).
For writers of the New Testament, Jesus’ resurrection was the focal point of their teachings. The
Christians should be delighted that Jesus’ resurrection is a verifiable claim, not a myth handed down through the ages. Innovative research conceded by essentially all critical scholarship conveys credible historical evidence: Paul’s writings, oral tradition, and the early works of non-biblical authors plus the virtually undisputed facts of Jesus’ crucifixion, appearances of Jesus after Resurrection, radical conversions of Paul and James, and Jesus’ empty tomb (Gary Habermas and Michael Licona: The Case for the Resurrection of Christ, chapters 3 and 4). Christians can confidently cite credible historical proof for the explanation JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
Christian hope is built on promises. God made good on the promise to send a Savior who would deliver mankind from the bondage of sin. And, He will make good on His promise to return to vindicate God’s people. While we do not know the hour, let us live as if the hour is near. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man Matthew 24:27 (ESV). It behooves all who maintain that Christianity is narrow-minded and bigoted to examine Christ’s Way.