I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
The world doesn’t care much for those two sentences. There are many paths. Everyone’s right. I’m OK, you’re OK. Jesus was a good man, just not God.
Here’s what some famous people had to say about this popular notion:
- Gandhi: “All paths leading to God are equally good.”
- John Lennon: “I believe that what Jesus and Mohammad and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”
- Oprah: “One of the biggest mistakes humans make is to believe there is only one way. Actually, there are many diverse paths leading to what you call God.”
- Homer Simpson: “I’m gonna die! Jesus, Allah, Buddha — I love you all!”
Christianity isn’t religious bigotry. It just happens to be the truth. In fact, the very heart of the Bible is the really very extremely good news that Jesus is singular, supreme and savior.
That was God’s loving plan all along:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Here’s what Peter, one of Jesus’ closest friends, said:
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by which mankind must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
The fact that Jesus is our one and only savior has led to persecution of Christians ever since he arrived on the scene. But don’t let that deter you from spreading God’s great news just like Jesus did: with humility, grace, love — and truth.