Burning Questions, Part 3: Do All Roads Lead to God?
Today’s question: Do all roads lead to God?
Why this questions?
-Our world is increasingly influenced by pluralism, the idea that there is truth in all religions and there is not a religion/faith that is the sole and exclusive source of truth
-Our world is increasingly influenced by moralism, the idea that faith doesn’t matter as long as you live a moral life
-We live in a world that loves choices, but the claims of Christ are exclusive
-it is imperative that we understand what the Bible says to each of us as we seek to understand the answer to this question and how we are to respond
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
I AM THE WAY
-The Old Testament spoke often of “the way” – Deuteronomy 5, Isaiah 30, Psalm 27
-Jesus does not tell us about the way, but instead declares that he is the way
I AM THE TRUTH
-The Psalmist speaks of “the truth” – Psalm 86, Psalm 119
-Many teachers could claim “I have taught you the truth” but only Jesus could claim “I am the truth”
I AM THE LIFE
-What all people want in the end is not truth in and of itself, but truth that leads to life
-Life with Jesus and through Jesus is a life worth living
11 Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Some may ask:
-“How can you believe in a God who is so narrow minded?”
-“How can you believe in a God that only would provide one way?”
Perhaps the question should be
-“Why has God even provided one way at all?”
-“Why has provided any way to redeem such a broken and lost world?”
If Jesus is the only way to God, then it begs the question: “now what?”
What do you do with the exclusive call of Christ and its implications?
Knowing the way changes you. Showing the way changes the world.
Other Texts for Study/Reflection:
And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.