Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
This famous quote of Jesus Christ means that no-one comes to the Father except through Him and does not appear to leave any room for debate. This would mean that without personally knowing and accepting Jesus as your Saviour, it is not possible to inherit an eternity in Heaven. Can this be true? “What about all the millions of people who lead good, honest lives, it does not seem fair that they would go to hell!”, “We have all done a few bad things but I will still get into Heaven”, “Have not times changed and only the really bad people will go to hell?”. The popular theory of Universalism says everyone will be saved and eventually end up in heaven – this makes the “Is Jesus the only way to God?” question the most important we can ask. This view is very culturally acceptable at a time where tolerance and agreement are seen as noble qualities and everyone’s view is “right for them” – but can this view save us, is it actually true? Holding a view that is different to Jesus on this issue will have eternal consequences if Jesus was who He said He was.
Many of the questions above are asked to justify the view that there is no need to follow any particular belief system. However, there is a danger that any answers to the above questions are driven by emotion and it is vital to look into the facts influencing decisions to discover if they are based on any truth. The truth should always be our goal – it is difficult to be open to a new idea if it goes against something we have always believed. But if we know and understand the truth then we can then be set free:
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)
All religions are the same
A simple read of the statement of Jesus Christ at the top of this article demonstrates that Jesus is the ONLY way to salvation and that all religions are therefore NOT the same. Either a belief system can result in an eternity in heaven OR it cannot – according to Jesus, HE is the only Saviour and the only way in! The majority of people who say all religions are the same have never spent time looking into the claims of the prominent belief systems, let alone studying every religion! The claims of Jesus Christ make Him mutually exclusive from any other “belief” system – Jesus cannot be shared with another God!
Of course, it is important to look into other beliefs and understand their claims so we can see what evidence there is to support them. Even if a belief system works for some people, if it is based on a false premise, it will eventually break down and will certainly not be able to save. Most people sincerely thought the world was flat before Copernicus – mans ideas come and go – it would make no sense to place your ultimate trust into something that is wrong or untrue.
For example, Hinduism teaches that the world is an extension of the universal force called Brahma. The God is the universe and the universe is God. According to the Hindus the universe has always existed, but what we now know through modern astronomers is that the universe had a starting point. So, if Hinduism is true how did the universe get here?
The religion of Islam depends whether God Himself really spoke to Muhammad. Would God have delivered his message for the entire human race through just one man who forced others to convert to his religious ideas or be killed? Seems quite an unlikely candidate. Compare this to the Bible that has over 40 authors (from Kings to shepherds) spanning over 1600 years and all with the same consistent message. The Koran says that Jesus was never crucified, but Jesus’ crucifixion was historically documented by Christians and non-Christians. It would seem rather strange for God to wait 600 years before revealing through Muhammad that Jesus was not actually crucified in the first place, especially when there are many eyewitness records testifying the opposite. As history demonstrates, Jesus DID die on the cross and the claim in the Koran that this did not happen is false.
Although many accusations are thrown at the Bible, whether it be contradictions or myths, some basic study can resolve these. In addition to historical and archaeological evidence, Bible prophecy is overwhelming proof that verifies the God of the Bible and the whole Gospel message – Can you prove the Bible?
Our greatest desire
When we think about our greatest desire many would initially think of material things – new home, car, TV, computer! But if we look deeper we all long to be loved. Our greatest desire is to have someone to love us in the same way we feel we can love them, if not more. But can another person truly fulfill this inbuilt desire? We certainly can feel loved and cared for and a relationship with a partner can be everything we have ever dreamed of, but unfortunately this is never everlasting. As humans we fail in so many areas, we make mistakes and relationship often break down. Even if we are fortunate enough to be enjoy a long happy marriage, we know that ultimately we ourselves and those we love will die. Death is a sad fact of life and can have a dramatic, sudden impact on us, especially when people we dearly love are no longer there.
The truth is God created us with this desire for love because He is the only one who can truly fulfill this need – it should cause us to turn to Him. We can and should look to a relationship with our Creator for the complete fulfillment of this love.
Muslims, for example, cannot have a personal relationship with Allah, he is someone to worship and serve from far away, this is the same even in paradise. Why would God create someone with the deep desire to be loved and never meet it?
Our journey through life often brings unwanted surprises – we can face life changing decisions or can be overcome with hardship. God wants to be there for you, He wants to help and guide you in those times of difficulty. Above all, He wants to show you how much He loves you, a love that fulfills our greatest desire, an everlasting love that never fails.
All true believers of the Bible have a personal relationship with Jesus. God places His Holy Spirit in us:
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:16-17)
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
He is there 24/7 to help us with any need. Christians are not immune from suffering, the Bible is clear that we should expect persecution, but His Spirit is there to guide us through any situation. No other belief system can deliver this personal loving relationship as only the one true God can offer this.
Jesus proved Himself
To test the truth of any “religious founder” we need to examine their lives to see if they proved their authenticity. For Jesus to say He is the only way you would want to see some evidence to back up these exceptional claims. When looking at Jesus life there is extraordinary evidence; He raised people from the dead, calmed a storm, restored a blind man’s sight, walked on water.
These amazing miracles authenticate Jesus’ claim, as well as the others He made – The claims of Jesus Christ. Jesus also fulfilled around 300 prophecies which in itself an impossibility for any human to achieve – could you have controlled where you were born?
Above all, Jesus rose from the dead Himself, which the whole Christian faith is based on. If Jesus did not rise from the dead there would be no Christian faith today – the whole faith is based on this one defining fact. Not one other deceased “religious founder” has ever done come back from the dead – this makes Jesus Christ absolutely unique!
For more proof we can look at the actions of others who personally witnessed these events. You find that these eye witnesses went through incredible persecution and suffering and the majority were martyred for their belief in Jesus – Would you die for a lie?
When putting all of this together the only logical conclusion is that Jesus’ claims are true – He clearly verified His claims in many ways and proved Himself to be God.
Those small sins
The world created by God was originally perfect, Adam and Eve lived in a paradise which was vastly different to what we see now but they disobeyed God. Society will tell you this a myth but there is abundant evidence for the literal accuracy of the creation accounts in the Bible which should at least challenge this view. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and as a result they were separated from the close relationship they had with God, this separation affected the whole of humanity.
It is impossible for us to re-establish this relationship on our own accord. As we are sinners, no amount of “good works” can ever unite us with God. God had to take the punishment Himself, that was the only righteous way. Jesus came into the world to take what we deserve, His blood washes away all our sin to allow us to be righteous in God’s eyes:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
To be perfect in God’s eyes means we have to be absent of sin. Because God is “just” He has to deal with our sin, this includes all those “small sins”. Those “white lies” we all have told are an offence to God, as well as the other sins that we consider insignificant, as His standards are far higher than ours. We need to be perfect to be in the God’s presence in Heaven, but as we have all sinned this leaves us with a BIG problem. This is why it is not just “really bad people” that will not get into heaven as compared to God’s standard we are ALL “really bad”! None of us can get into heaven unless we have accepted Jesus’ payment for our sins!
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. (John 8:24)
Jesus IS the ONLY way
The world does change around us, societal trends come and go. One thing that does not change is God, He is same today as He was yesterday and in the future:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)
In many ways our thinking on Jesus and Christianity needs to change. Frequently people say “you believe that, good for you, but I’m ok”, but it is wrong to think belief in Jesus is a personal preference. The majority will accept that the world is sick but which belief system offers the ultimate remedy?
Outside of faith in Jesus the main religions are works based, where their followers are constantly trying to work their way to a certain level of merit or salvation. On top of this, they can never be 100% sure they have done enough. Christianity is the only belief system that clearly defines the seriousness of sin and it’s consequences, but also has the complete cure!
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. (Galatians 2:16)
Believing in Jesus is the ONLY way to salvation as He is the only One who took the penalty for us:
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Sin is a disease that affects all of us and Jesus is the only cure. We live in a society where belief in God is not fashionable, but God will not excuse this. As we have shown in this article Jesus is unique, He is the only medicine to the spiritual disease that is killing us all. The only conclusion is that Jesus is the ONLY way – How to be Saved!
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (1 John 5:9-14)