Is Jesus the Only Way to God?

Of all the questions leveled against Christianity, few others cause such heated controversy: “Is Jesus the Only Way to God?” For many people, Jesus’ words equate exclusivity with arrogance:

I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. —John 14:6

Is Jesus the Only Way to God?

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The exclusivity of those words is unmistakable. Millions question: “How can Jesus be the only way to God? That’s not fair. It leaves out too many people.”

But if you think about it, the real question isn’t, “Is Jesus the Only Way to God?” but rather we should ask, “Is God holy”?

Here’s why that’s the real issue.

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How a Snowman Revealed the Creation of the World

Years ago I met a man named Igor who told me a story I’ve never forgotten. As a child growing up in the Soviet Union, Igor always believed communism’s assumption that God does not exist.

How a Snowman Revealed God’s Creation

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Yet as a gifted medical student and scientist, Igor studied the intricacies of the human body and natural world and struggled over their implications. Such precision in nature demanded a Designer—something his deep-rooted atheism refused to embrace.

Then one day as he and a friend drove through a wintry countryside, Igor saw a distant snowman all alone in the middle of a field—and the truth struck him. He slammed on the brakes.

“Look!” he said, pointing to the snowman. “How did that get there?”

His friend replied with the obvious answer: “Somebody built it.”

“There was no way,” Igor told me, “the details of nature just happened by chance. I decided I must find the truth.” Just as the snowman had to have been made by someone, so did nature.

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The Problem of Evil and a God of Love

In a forgotten corner of the Hebrew Scriptures we find hope.

We live in a world where it seems God turns a deaf ear to pain and evil. Children hunger, immorality runs rampant, injustice occurs in the courts, and our loved ones die of cancer. All under the nose of an all-powerful God of love.

See no evil. Speak no evil. Hear no evil.

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It feels as if He were a God of love and justice and power, He would and could remove all evil. As it is, evil remains. So do our feelings of confusion.

In a forgotten corner of the Hebrew Scriptures we catch a glimpse of this seeming contradiction with the problem of evil.

We also see its resolution.

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Christian Apologetics Resources You Can Trust

Have you ever been asked a tough question about your faith? I sure have. Sometimes when Christians talk to people about God, or when people discover that we believe what the Bible says, they fire off a list of questions.

Good questions need good answers.

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Tough questions, like:

  • How can you say Jesus is the only way to God?
  • What about the person who’s never heard of Jesus?
  • How can the Bible be the Word of God when it was written by fallible men?
  • How can a good God allow such evil in the world?

These questions, and many others, can be hard to answer. If you’re not ready for these questions, they can eat your lunch– the sandwich, the candy bar, and the note from mom.

Here are some Christian apologetics resources you can trust.

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Is Jesus the Only Way? [Podcast]

Is Jesus really the only way to heaven? What about other religions?

How can Christianity make such an arrogant claim that it is the only right way to God?

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This message (from John 14:6; Romans 1-2) examines Christianity’s exclusive claim and the absolute necessity of fulfilling the Great Commission.

Here are the main points of the message:

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Is Hell Really Necessary? [Podcast]

How can a loving God send people to hell? How can we justify the existence of a God of infinite love who sends people to eternal torment? Is Hell Really Necessary?

The Bible explains how God’s justice subsists in perfect harmony with His love, because He sent Jesus to the cross to provide salvation. If heaven, a real place, is a monument to God’s grace, then hell—also a real place—remains a monument to God’s image.

Genesis 3:22; Exodus 34:7; Ezekiel 33:11; Matthew 25:41, 46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Peter 3:9

What Good is Evil? [Podcast]

2 Peter 2:3-9; 3:3-13

The problem goes like this: “If God was all-powerful, He could get rid of evil. If God was all-loving, He would get rid of evil. So since we have evil in the world, God must either be apathetic or absent.”

The Apostle Peter—almost as if writing for this very topic—teaches us that the problem of evil in the world stems from the problem of evil within our own hearts. God allows evil so that we may choose good . . . and one day God will permanently remove all evil.

Is There Absolute Truth? [Podcast]

Romans 2:14-15

The world opposes Christianity for intellectual reasons, among others. Even among those who call themselves born-again Christians, a shocking 2/3 don’t believe in absolute truth.

The Bible reveals that every person has God’s law written in their hearts and all people demand common justice. What does this say of an absolute standard? Is There Absolute Truth?

Is the Bible Really God’s Word? [Podcast]

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

You’ve probably heard the argument: “Oh you can’t believe the Bible. It’s full of errors and contradictions. Besides, how can it be God’s Word when it’s written by fallible men?” Is the Bible Really God’s Word?

If the Bible isn’t God’s Word, we have no basis to answer any other questions. In fact, existence has no answers. But if God has truly spoken, what implications does that give?

 

When Culture Shocks [Podcast]

Every Christian feels a tension with the culture as their values conflict.

To what extent should a believer engage the world? Where does the balance lie between being in the world but not of the world?

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